Youth Camps

Leica staffers working at ABA youth camps.

Leica staffers working at ABA youth camps.

The North American young birding camps have been running at full attendance. It is so great to see so many different events all having such great success. The recent American Birding Association event, Camp Colorado was hugely successful and 20 young birders (13 boys, 7 girls) taught us as much as we taught them. We heard reports that the Audubon youth camp at Hog Island in Maine was hugely successful, young birding friends have been posting great, fun images from Sapelo Island in Georgia, and this week Leica is involved in two concurrent major youth birding events. The American Birding Association’s Camp Avocet in Delaware started off with a lost European vagrant bird species, Bar-tailed Godwit. Plus, Camp Chiracahua, the long-standing birding camp run by Victor Emanuel Nature Tours is running now as well.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that Victor was the first person to ever offers one of these camps and he’s been at it ever since! Travis finished up Camp Colorado with 450 bird species seen since April, he is now in the capable hands of the skilled mentors (Jennie Duberstein, Michael O’Brien, Louise Zemaitis) and another group of enthusiastic young birders. We haven’t received any reports from Arizona yet, but with certainty many more bird & wildlife species will be seen, and more importantly more fascinating tales from the field will be told on this fun and exciting journey!