|Posted by Matt on August 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM|
Hi Everyone! Hope you are staying cool and finding lots of new birds this summer!
Since Summer means no more school for a couple months, it's the ideal time for young birders to travel to different destinations within the region or around the world. At first you may look at your limitations: budget, time, family obligations, etc. But not to worry, if you want to have a birding adventure during the summer, you need to look no farther than a slew of summer camps around the country that are exclusive to young birders. Most are spaced out during different weeks to help get around time constraints and many also offer financial aid in the form of scholarships; local bird clubs or Audubon societies may also wish to sponsor your trip. Personally I have been fortunate enough to attend 2 young birders camps so far in Delaware and Colorado. Other CYBC members have attended camps in Upstate New York.
Some of the more recognized camps include: (I am sure there are others out there I am missing)
Hog Island, off Bremen, Maine (Offered by the National Audubon Society). Puffins, seabirds, boreal birds & more. Family camps too.
ABA's Camp Colorado (Estes Park). Alpine, montane, & grassland birds. Usually in July.
ABA's Camp Avocet (Lewes, Delaware). Shorebirds, shorebirds, & more shorebirds. (Other birds too) Usually in August.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Young Birder Event (Ithaca, New York). Competetive- limited number of spaces. Normally in July
Victor Emmanuel Tours' Young Birder Events. These vary in location & destination but Camp Chiricahua is annual in SE Arizona.
Hopefully you will consider a young birders camp next summer as a fun way to not only see new birds but also meet other young birders from around the country!