For the Adult Birder Camp, we have chosen to visit longtime friends of ours in the New River Gorge region of West Virginia. The cabins are homey. The food is home cooked. The feeling is fun. Bring your friends along and enjoy the fun that camp provides while delighting in the dazzling colors and song of a sumptuous assortment of warblers and other Neotropical migrants that breed in the spectacularly beautiful, rich forests here.
If Virginia is for lovers, then West Virginia is for warbler lovers! We’ll seek and enjoy a treasure trove of beautiful and sought after warbler species, including Cerulean, Golden-winged, Swainson’s, Worm-eating, Kentucky, Hooded, Blackburnian, Blue-winged, Prairie, Chestnut-sided and on and on and on. One of the advanced birders who attended camp let us know this in his evaluation: “Though no new ‘life birds’ I had my best ‘life view’ of golden-winged, blackburnian, and cerulean warblers!” That is the general camp feeling.
What a wonderfully homey and secluded way to spend a long weekend along the spectacular New River, actually one of the oldest rivers in the world.
We’ll even offer a full-day optional extension and enjoy a relaxing day floating on the river, or ziplining to see the forest from a different perspectives; or choose to take to the trees and experience the old growth forests like a bird on the most amazing zipline out there!
We can’t say enough good about this wonderful place and the birding here, so we’ll leave you with one last fun thought: birding in the mountains of West Virginia can offer a different perspective on treetop birds, with mountain roads creating some amazing vantage points to see into the treetops without suffering from warbler neck. We will visit the Boy Scout’s Jamboree facility and enjoy what we like to call the Cerulean Tower.
Opossum Creek Retreat is a family owned and operated cabin business. It is a unique lodging property designed and built by ABA’s friend and co-founder of the New River Birding and Nature Festival, Geoff Heeter. Geoff, as the representative of the New River Birding Festival, will be our host as well as one of the local guides during our ABA Adult Bird Camp: West Virginia. Each of our unique cabins are fully stocked with towels and linens as well as hot tubs, full kitchens, WIFI and Cable TV.
All this and more awaits you at a birding camp for big kids! Sign up now!