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ABA Young Birder Camps

Camp Avocet and Camp Colorado I and II are back for 2017!

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. ABA Camps are open to all birders aged 13 to 18. See below for more info. Check out the reports from Camp Avocet in 2013 and from Camp Colorado in 2014.

Be sure to see Bill Schmoker’s captivating video on the Camp Avocet report. 

Camp Avocet  July 29 – August 4, 2017 Birding the Atlantic Coast
Located at: The Virden Center – Lewes, Delaware

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Now in its fifth year, Camp Avocet is based at the University of Delaware’s stunning Virden Retreat Center in historic Lewes, Delaware, only minutes away from two major National Wildlife Refuges and a short ride to six, ecologically-based birding regions.

Are you looking for shorebirds? Well, Camp Avocet will be stacked full of migrants such as dowitchers, Black-necked Stilt, Semipalmated, Western and Least Sandpipers, and of course American Avocets numbering in the hundreds.  Delaware boasts
an outstanding fall migration of shorebirds with easy access and fabulous viewing opportunities.

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron at Bombay Hook NWR Photo:Mike Hudson

 

Numerous photo opportunities abound at Camp Avocet Photo:Bill Stewart

Of course at this hotspot there’s always a chance of rarity! Due to the grand diversity of southern Delaware’s bird-rich habitats, over 150 species of birds are often seen and studied during this seven-day camp extravaganza. Campers will be housed and fed in the modern Virden Retreat Center only moments away from the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware Bay. The Piping Plovers, Black Skimmers, American Oystercatchers and Royal Terns accentuate the breath-taking sunset off of Cape Henlopen Point, surely providing memories that shall last a lifetime.

Fabulous field trips led by ABA Staff and guest instructors will be punctuated by terrific educational workshops, making Camp Avocet 2017 a truly exceptional experience!

Camp Fee:  $1295.00 – includes all lodging, meals, transportation during camp events, instructional sessions and shuttle to and from Philadelphia International Airport.

ABA Camps are open to all birders aged 13 to 18.

Scholarships available: The American Birding Association, through the generous support of our sponsors, provides limited scholarships to help young people who are interested in birds to attend our summer camps. To apply, please visit – Young Birder Scholarships ~ Young Birders ~ American Birding Association

For more info contact Bill Stewart at 800.850.2473or e-mail at: bstewart@aba.org.

Adult and begging juvenile Black Skimmers at Stone Harbor Point Photo: Bill Schmoker

 

Camp ColoradoJuly 16 – 22, 2017

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Camp Colorado II  July 26 – August 1, 2017  — note the Thursday start date
Located at: YMCA of the Rockies – Estes Park, Colorado

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Searching for American Dippers alongside a beautiful rushing mountain stream. Photo:Bill Schmoker

Due to increased demand we are thrilled to offer two sessions of Camp Colorado again in 2017! Join us as we explore Colorado from grassland to glaciers. From the shortgrass prairie of northeastern Colorado to the aspen groves and alpine tundra of Rocky Mountain National Park, Camp Colorado has it all!

We’ll be based out of the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, bordering the majestic Rocky Mountain National Park.

Campers will have plenty of opportunities to take their birding skills to the next level, meet other young people with similar interests, explore careers in birding and ornithology, and of course, learn about the bird life and natural history of Colorado. An amazing diversity of ecosystems lie within a few hours drive of Estes Park, giving campers the chance to experience Colorado’s varied life zones and birds.

Common Nighthawk flying over the Pawnee Grasslands.

Expert staff from the ABA and skilled guest instructors will lead field trips in search of species such as White-tailed Ptarmigan, Clark’s Nutcracker, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Brown-capped Rosy Finch, Williamson’s Sapsucker, Burrowing Owl, McCown’s Longspur, and Cassin’s Sparrow, to name just a few. Afternoons and evenings we’ll have hands-on workshops to learn about field sketching, photography, careers in bird conservation, and much more.

Join us for an unforgettable week of bird camp in the Rockies!

Camp Fee:  $1295.00 – includes all lodging, meals, transportation during camp events, instructional sessions and  transportation to and from Denver International Airport.

ABA Camps are open to all birders aged 13 to 18.

 

 

 

 

Scholarships Available: The American Birding Association, through the generous support of our sponsors, provides limited scholarships to help young people who are interested in birds to attend our summer camps.

To apply, please visit – Young Birder Scholarships ~ Young Birders ~ American Birding Association

For more info call 800.850.2473, or e-mail at:elizabird@aba.org.

 

Leica Sport Optics is a Legacy Sponsor of the ABA Young Birder Programs and sponsors both Camp Colorado Camps.