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ABA Young Birder Camps

Camp Avocet and Camp Colorado are back for 2014! ABA Camps are open to all young birders aged 13 to 18. See below for more info. Check out the reports from 2013 for Camp Colorado and Camp Avocet. Be sure to see Bill Schmoker’s captivating video on the Camp Avocet report, and the SLIDESHOW too. Leica Sport Optics is a Legacy Sponsor of ABA Young Birder Programs.

Campers scan the beach for coastal birds at dusk

Campers scan the beach for coastal birds at dusk

Camp Avocet  August 10 – 16, 2014
The Virden Center – Lewes, Delaware

Our newest ABA camp in it’s second year will be 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.

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 will be seen and studied during this seven-day camp extravaganza. As an added bonus via the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, campers will have the opportunity to bird world-famous Cape May and visit Cape May Point, Higbee’s Beach and the Meadows in search of warblers, shorebirds, gulls, terns and more! 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 2014 a truly exceptional experience!

Biologist Kashi Davis teaches campers about beach-nesting birds during one of the lectures.

Biologist Kashi Davis teaches campers about beach-nesting birds during one of the lectures.

Camp Fee:  $1195.00 – includes all lodging, meals, transportation during camp events, instructional sessions and shuttle to and from Philadelphia International Airport.

Leica Sport Optics is a Legacy Sponsor of ABA Young Birder Programs

Leica Sport Optics is a Legacy Sponsor of ABA Young Birder Programs

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

CLICK HERE FOR CAMP AVOCET REGISTRATION FORM

CLICK HERE FOR POLICIES & PROCEDURES DOCUMENT

CLICK HERE FOR WAIVER & STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITY

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

Camp Colorado  July 8 – 14, 2014*

SOLD OUT

Birders examine a hummingbird while learning about bird-banding.

Birders examine a hummingbird while learning about bird-banding.

YMCA of the Rockies – Estes Park, Colorado
*note the Tuesday to Monday camp period

Join us as we explore Colorado from grasslands to glaciers! From the shortgrass prairie of northeastern Colorado to the aspen groves and alpine tundra of the Rocky Mountain National Park, Camp Colorado 2014 has it all!

For our third year in a row based out of Estes Park, our home away from home will be the YMCA of the Rockies, bordering the majestic Rocky Mountain National Park.

Campers will find 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 northern Colorado. An amazing diversity of ecosystems lie within a few hours drive, giving each camper the opportunity to experience many of Colorado’s varied life zones and associated birds. Special birds of note we will look for include White-tailed Ptarmigan, Ferruginous Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Mountain Plover, Burrowing Owl, Williamson’s Sapsucker, McCown’s and Chestnut-collared longspurs, and Brown-capped Rosy-Finch, to name just a few!

Birders hone in on a bird up the trail.

Birders hone in on a bird up the trail.

Fabulous field trips led by ABA Staff and guest instructors will be punctuated by terrific educational workshops, making Camp Colorado 2014 a truly exceptional experience!

Camp Fee:  $1195.00 – includes all lodging, meals, transportation during camp events, instructional sessions and shuttle to and from Denver International Airport.

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

SOLD OUT

CLICK HERE FOR CAMP COLORADO REGISTRATION FORM

CLICK HERE FOR POLICIES & PROCEDURES DOCUMENT

CLICK HERE FOR WAIVER & STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITY

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 800.850.2473, or e-mail at: bstewart@aba.org.

Delware is a good place to see Tricolored Heron, supposedly John James Audubon's favorite bird.

Delaware is a good place to see Tricolored Heron, which was apparently John James Audubon’s favorite bird.

The Rockies hold many great birds of course, but also good chances to see animals like these grazing Elk at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Rocky Mountain National Park holds many great birds and also good chances to see animals, like these grazing Elk.