By Lindsay Cain

In an effort to connect young people with the diverse bird communities of the Great Lakes Region, Michigan Audubon, in partnership with Alma College, Chippewa Nature Center, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be holding the first Great Lakes Young Birders Camp in 2018.

The inaugural camp will be based out of Alma College, centrally located in Michigan, in close proximity to forests, grasslands, wetlands, and even the core breeding range for the rare Kirtland’s Warbler. The Great Lakes Young Birders Camp promotes the development of young birders who will be the next generation of birders, scientists, and conservation-minded citizens. Through experiences that develop expertise in avian natural history, foster connections with their birding peers, and highlight careers in bird conservation and ornithology, participants will receive a foundation upon which they can successfully grow their passion for the natural world.

Camp will run from June 24-28, 2018, for 16 high school students, and includes travel to several birding hotspots in the mid-Michigan region, as well as expert guest speakers from around the state. Each day will focus on an overarching topic that will provide participants a complete birding and conservation understanding. The goal of this camp is to connect not only young birders to each other but to connect them to the resources they need to become the next generation of conservationists.  

The success and reach of this camp will not be possible without the support of sponsors, whose generous tax-deductible donations will ensure that we can maintain an affordable tuition rate for our campers and offer need-based scholarships throughout the Great Lakes region. More information is available here.

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