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2011 ABA Young Birder Camp Colorado

When: June 25 – July 2, 2011
Where: Woodland Park, Colorado
Who: Young Birders Ages 13–18
How Much: $795

ABA Camp Colorado

Join us as we explore the prairies, riparian areas, reservoirs, wetlands, mountains and alpine habitats of southern Colorado. The Woodland Park area is a great launching site to many different habitats teeming with Colorado birds. Our home away from home will be the Catamount Institute's mountain campus, which is set in mixed conifers and aspen with willow-laden drainages leading to and from a couple ponds, all in the shadow of Pike's Peak. We'll keep our schedule fairly flexible to take advantage of local weather conditions and bird availability but the week will include the following highlights:

  • A field trip to the site of the 50,000 acre Hayman Fire of 2001, where we will observe the effects of fire on bird communities and gather data for the Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas. We hope to find American Three-toed Woodpecker, White-breasted, Red-breasted, and Pygmy nuthatches, MacGillivray's and Virginia's warblers, Western Bluebird, Violet-green Swallow, Plumbeous Vireo, and Western Tanager.
  • The Arkansas River Valley and Pueblo Reservoir for Scaled Quail, Mississippi Kite, Western and Clark’s grebes, and American White Pelican, among others. This trip will include an illustration workshop at the Pueblo Nature and Raptor Center. The raptors there may pose for a photo or two as well.
  • The San Luis Valley for a chance at Sage Thrasher, Sage Sparrow, White-faced Ibis, American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, numerous waterfowl and raptors, and possible Black Swift.
  • Mountain reservoir photography and digiscoping workshop with Mike Freiberg and Bill Schmoker of Nikon Sport Optics.
  • Colorado's Eastern Plains for Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Curve-billed Thrasher, Virginia Rail, Cassin’s Sparrow, Lark Bunting, and maybe Burrowing Owl and Mountain Plover.
  • Garden of the Gods Park for Prairie Falcon, White-throated Swift, Canyon Wren, Western Scrub-Jay, Green-tailed Towhee, and Broad-tailed Hummingbird.
  • Up above timberline near Hoosier Pass for a chance at White-tailed Ptarmigan, breeding Brown-capped Rosy-Finches and American Pipits and maybe a Golden Eagle or Northern Goshawk.
  • A visit to some ponderosa pine research sites in search of Flammulated Owl, Western Screech-Owl, Northern Pygmy-Owl, and Northern Saw-whet Owl.
ABA Camp Colorado

Young Birders and counselors will be camping outdoors. Tents, sleeping pads, and sleeping bags are provided. The Catamount Institute's mountain campus has a great education building with fireplace, a two-story building with wrap-around deck containing the kitchen with upstairs dining, and a heated bathhouse with separate sides. There will be four counselors, two male and two female, with separate camping areas for boys and girls. There is an on-premises caretaker and the site is only five miles from a new hospital, should medical attention be required.

Fees for the camp are $795. This cost includes a Saturday, June 25 pickup at Colorado Springs Airport (COS) and Saturday, July 2 return to the airport, transportation during the camp, outdoor lodging and camping equipment, snacks and all meals (a light breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner at camp daily, dinner on the 25th and breakfast on the 2nd), adult birder instruction and supervision, all entrance fees and educational activities and programming. To register or for further information, please call 1-800-850-2473 (x-240), 719-884-8240, or e-mail cclouse@aba.org We hope to see you there!

Camp Colorado Counselors:
Chip Clouse - ABA Education Director
Liz Deluna Gordon - ABA First Lady
Jennie Duberstein - Sonoran Joint Venture Education/Outreach Coordinator
Bill Schmoker - Nikon Birding ProStaff and Science Teacher

Guest Field Trip Leaders:
Ted Floyd - Birding Editor
Bill Maynard - PEEPS Blog Editor

ABA Camp Colorado

ABA Scholarships are available to help young birders attend any of the camps listed in the ABA Young Birder Camp Circuit, as well as workshops, training programs, conventions and other bird-related activities. ABA Scholarships are supported by donations from generous ABA members and other contributors. In 2011, one Richard E. Andrews Memorial Scholarship will be awarded. Anne Andrews will choose a student wishing to attend Camp Colorado or Camp LRGV with demonstrated financial need who shows through their application that they would benefit from the experience of attending a summer camp. Additional scholarship money to attend one of the ABA Young Birder Camps (CO or LRGV) is also available. ABA favors students who contribute to birds and birding in their communities and who show initiative in raising the balance of the camp fees themselves from their own activities. If you would like more information, go to our ABA Scholarships page. Please make sure that you fill out the Andrews Scholarship form for ABA’s Camps and the general scholarship form to attend the partner camps or any outside events you plan to attend. Best of luck! Its time to get on those essays and fundraising!