Now in its seventh year, Camp Avocet is based at the University of Delaware’s stunning Virden Retreat Center in historic Lewes, Delaware, only minutes away from two major National Wildlife Refuges and a short ride to six, ecologically-based birding regions. 

Campers are housed and fed in the newly updated Virden Retreat Center dorms and dining hall with the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean only yards away, this is beach birding at its best!

American Oystercatcher by Tommy Quarles

JULY 26 – AUGUST 2, 2019
Extended, 8-day camp 


Camp Fee:  $1595.00 – includes all lodging, meals, transportation during camp events, instructional sessions and shuttle from and to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).

ABA Camps are open to all birders aged 13 to 18 during camp week.

Membership in the ABA is required for attendance (can be added at checkout).


Are you looking for migrating shorebirds? Thousands of birds? Well, Camp Avocet will be stacked full of migrants from their northern breeding grounds such as dowitchers, Black-necked Stilt, Semipalmated, Western and Least Sandpipers, and of course American Avocets numbering in the hundreds. Delaware boasts an outstanding fall migration of shorebirds with easy access and fabulous viewing opportunities. There truly are birds EVERYWHERE!   In this hotspot region for world-class birding, there’s always a chance for a rarity! Due to the grand diversity of southern Delaware’s bird-rich habitats, nearly 150 species of birds are often seen and studied during this seven-day camp extravaganza! Camp Avocet currently boasts 178 cumulative species in its first five years!

Daily itineraries include fabulous outdoor classroom field trips led by ABA Staff along with guest instructors. All day birding and natural history study will be punctuated by terrific educational workshops, photography and illustration building skills and discovering current technological advances in birding, making 2019 Camp Avocet a truly exceptional experience!

Scholarships for all camps are available! The American Birding Association, through the generous support of our sponsors and ABA members, provides limited scholarships to help young people who are interested in advancing their interest in birds and bird conservation study to attend our summer camps. To apply, please visit – Young Birder Scholarships ~ Young Birders ~ American Birding Association

The ABA would like to thank Carl Zeiss Sports Optics and Rockjumper Worldwide Birding Adventures, lead sponsors of the ABA Young Birder Camps!
Need more information, or have a question about Camp Avocet?

Call Liz Gordon at: 800-850-2473