Friday, January 24, 2014

ABA Summer Young Birder Camps!


The American Birding Association (ABA) announces its two week-long camps for young birders: Camp Colorado in Estes Park, CO, and Camp Avocet in Lewes, Delaware!

One of the key objectives of the ABA is to foster the next generation of birders. These experiences offer campers ages 13-18 the guidance of expert mentors, fabulous and varied bird habitats, and the chance to meet and work with other young people with the same interests. Oh, what a week to remember for lucky young birders!

Sam Brunson, who attended Camp Colorado in 2013 writes, "I knew before going that the trip was going to be amazing; however, it turned it out to be more than just amazing. Camp Colorado was the experience of a lifetime."

Allow me to tempt you with an excerpt of the Camp Colorado description from the ABA website:
"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."

trhe_j9m1392-copyCamp Colorado dates are July 8-13, and registrations are now being accepted! Click here to find out more. Here is link to the registration form.

Camp Avocet, Aug. 10-16, will be held at the University of Delaware's Virden Conference Center in Lewes, Delaware, only minutes away from the Atlantic Ocean beaches, two major National Wildlife Refuges and a short ride to six unique ecologically-based birding regions!. Migrating shorebirds will be a main study and focus for this camp but 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 birding-at-the-beach camp extravaganza!

Leading digiscoping photographer, Bill Schmoker, was a counselor at Camp Avocet in 2013 and filed  this profile.  Bill's photos and video capture the excitement, beauty and fabulous learning environment Camp Avocet provided the young birders. Click here to register for Camp Avocet.600px-leica_camera_logo_svg483284_4236723286318_307691281_nxx

According to the ABA website, limited scholarships are available to help young people who are interested in birds to attend our summer camps. To apply, please visit Young Birder Scholarships.

The ABA wishes to thank its generous sponsors, and Leica Sport Optics, for helping to make these camps possible.  If you'd like to donate, or have other questions, please contact Bill Stewart at

What better time than winter to think about summer? Start planning now. It could be an experience of a lifetime!

Nina Cheney
Eagle Optics Staff
Binoculars: Bring them. See what they bring you.

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