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Camp Colorado 2012 – ABA Young Birder Camp

When: July 8-13, 2012
Where: Estes Park, Colorado and surrounding area
Who: Young Birders Ages 13–18
How Much: $897
Leaders: Bill Schmoker, Jennie Duberstein, Bill Stewart, Jeffrey Gordon, Liz Gordon, and others.
Contact: Jennie Duberstein at jduberstein@aba.org for more information.

ABA Camp Colorado

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 Rocky Mountain National Park, 2012 Camp Colorado has it all. The northern Colorado transition zone between the Great Plains to the east and the Rocky Mountains to the west boasts mid and low-elevation riparian habitat, rocky foothills canyons, scrubland, and ponderosa pine forests.

An amazing diversity of ecosystems lie within a few hours drive, giving you the opportunity to experience many of Colorado’s diverse life zones and associated birds. Fabulous field trips will be punctuated by terrific educational workshops, making Camp Colorado a truly exceptional experience! 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 he diverse bird life and natural history of northern Colorado. Special birds we will look for include White-tailed Ptarmigan, Dusky Grouse, Ferruginous Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Mountain Plover, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Burrowing Owl, Williamson’s Sapsucker, McCown’s and Chestnut-collared longspurs, Virginia’s Warbler, and Brown-capped Rosy-Finch, to name just a few.

This year we will be based out of Estes Park, a great launching site to many different habitats teeming with Colorado’s birds. Our home away from home will be the YMCA of the Rockies, bordering majestic Rocky Mountain National Park. We'll take advantage of local weather conditions and bird availability but the week will include the birding field trips to following highlights:

  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Pawnee National Grassland
  • Phantom Canyon Preserve
  • Boulder County foothills

Other workshops, discussions, and field opportunities will include: bird banding on the YMCA grounds, field sketching/journaling, photography, bird-related careers and education, guest lectures from bird biologists working in the region, and much more.

In addition to the incredible birding and nature study opportunities, the YMCA of the Rockies will also offer other recreational activities such as swimming, campfires, volleyball, and more.

Fees for camp are $897.00. This includes pick-up at Denver International Airport on the first day of camp and return to the airport on the last day, transportation, lodging, and all meals (starting with dinner on the 8th and ending with lunch on the 13th), leader instruction and supervision, and all entrance fees, educational activities, and programming. To register or for further information, please call 1-800-850-2473 (x-240), 719-884-8240, or email bstewart@aba.org.

We hope to see you there!

Camp Colorado Leaders:
Bill Stewart - ABA Camp Colorado Director
Jennie Duberstein – ABA Young Birder Blog Manager and Sonoran Joint Venture Education and Outreach Coordinator
Bill Schmoker - Nikon Birding ProStaff and Science Teacher
Liz Deluna Gordon - ABA Adjutant

Guest Leaders (in progress)
Jeff Gordon - ABA President
Ted Floyd - Birding Editor
Mike Freiberg – Nikon Birding Market Specialist
Scott Rashid – Author and bird bander
Nick Komar – Ornithologist with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention