When adult birders hear about the fun that today’s teenage birders have on our Young Birder Camps, we hear the same response over and over—“Boy, I wish they’d had birding camps when I was a kid!”

While the ABA can’t bring back your youth, we are able to offer you an experience that will let you relive much of the best of sleepover camps, with a good deal more comfort and a LOT more birds!

For the ABA’s first-ever Adult Birding 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 an on and on.

These and myriad other avian treasures will be the gold in our ABA Golden Anniversary celebration. What a wonderfully homey and secluded way to spend a Memorial Day 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, seeing the forest and birding from a different perspective.

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.

All this and more awaits you at a birding camp for big kids in celebration of the ABA’s 50th birthday!

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 will be our host as well as one of the local guides during our ABA Adult Bird Camp: West Virginia Warbler Extravaganza. Each of our unique cabins are fully stocked with towels and linens as well as hot tubs, full kitchens, WIFI and Cable TV.

When: May 23—27 and May 28, 2019

Where: Opossum Creek Retreat, West Virginia

How Much: $1,295.00 – $1895.00

Limit: 24 people

Be certain to read the accommodations details (available at the registration screen), and CALL to discuss lodging BEFORE registering.