Michigan Young Birders Camp

After a successful inaugural camp in 2018, Michigan Audubon continues to connect young people with the diverse bird communities of the Great Lakes Region and we look forward to providing more high school students with an exciting week at bird camp. Michigan Audubon, in partnership with Alma College, Chippewa Nature Center, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will work to connect young birders with each other and to the resources they need to become the next generation of conservationists.

Camp is 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 Michigan 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 cost is $500 per student and includes lodging, travel during camp, food, and supplies. Full and partial scholarships are available through generous donations. All scholarships are based on need and availability. Our hope is that cost will not inhibit camper participation.

Contact Education Coordinator Lindsay Cain at lcain@michiganaudubon.org or (517) 580-7364 with any questions.

Check out the 2019 Michigan Young Birders Camp Schedule

Your support is needed!

Through experiences that develop expertise in avian natural history, native ecology, conservation values, and special topics in ornithology, camp participants gain a rich foundation on which to successfully nurture their passion for the natural world while fostering lasting relationships with their peers and mentors in conservation and birding.  

Engaging young people in these meaningful, impactful ways is work we are absolutely committed to within our education initiatives. You can help us deliver on our commitment to education by supporting the Michigan Young Birders Camp with a monetary gift that will keep our camp fueled so that we can continue reaching young minds, offering scholarships, and keeping costs as low as possible. 

Your generous donation will:

  • Ensure that future campers will continue to enjoy quality educational programming that covers more than just bird identification, but topics related to our pillars of conservation, education, and research; 
  • Help fund our scholarship program in 2020 to offset camper costs and provide access to enthusiastic young birders who would otherwise not be able to attend;
  • Introduce campers to a network of experts, educators, and guest speakers, who will lead them on a deeper exploration of careers in conservation and other roles as environmental stewards in their communities.

This is an investment in the future, in young people, and in connecting them with the birds we love and want to see continue to thrive in our state and beyond. Please consider making a gift to support our young birders — we see them as our hope and as hope for birds as they grow into potential future scientists, naturalists, educators, volunteers, and advocates for the natural world.

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Bird by Bird — Bringing birds to classrooms and classrooms to birds

The Bird by Bird Michigan program connects young people with birds and the natural world through classroom-based bird feeding and monitoring activities. This birding and conservation curriculum enhances health and well-being, fosters respect for wildlife and their habitats, and prepares young people to develop responsible long-term environmental behaviors as conservation-minded citizens. 

Each Bird by Bird school helps to install and maintain a bird feeding station where students can learn to identify and observe birds and collect citizen science data for eBird. The participating teachers work to incorporate birds and conservation into their curriculum while providing a library of bird identification and resource guides.

Bird by Bird facilitators help teachers with curriculum, visit the classroom monthly, and assist with lessons, activities, field trips, walks, teacher/student equipment training, and special projects.

Bird by Bird Michigan is facilitated by passionate and knowledgeable Michigan Audubon volunteers and staff. No funds are required of participating schools. This program was developed from a preexisting Idaho Bird by Bird program.

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Michigan Young Birders Club

The Michigan Young Birders Club (MiYBC) is open to youth ages 12–18. It is a club run by young birders, for young birders, and focuses on educating young birders about the avian world and conservation. An Advisory Board sets the schedule of programs and the division of tasks amongst the members. The goal is for members to create their own online newsletter and help administer the club’s social networking sites. If you or someone you know is interested in joining MiYBC,  please contact Education Coordinator Lindsay Cain at lcain@michiganaudubon.org or (517) 580-7364 for more details.