[CT Birds] Hog Island Audubon Camps 2010

ELKINS, Kenneth kelkins at audubon.org
Wed Oct 27 11:07:15 EDT 2010

Dear Birders, Naturalists, and Educators,

In late May of 2011 the historic Audubon Camp in Maine, on spruce-covered Hog Island, will reopen for its 75th summer of residential adult and teen natural history programs.  Kenn Kauffman, Pete Dunne, Scott Weidensaul and many other expert ornithologists and naturalist-educators will be in residence during various sessions.  There will be four adult ornithology sessions, one educator’s session, one session for Audubon Chapter leaders, and one teen birding camp.

Roger Tory Peterson was the camp’s first bird instructor in 1936 and most of America’s finest naturalists, including Rachel Carson, have spent time on the 330 acre wildlife sanctuary, which is located in mid-coast Maine, on Muscongus Bay.  Participants live in simple but well-maintained wooden buildings and are treated to three fabulous meals each day, prepared by chef extraordinaire Janni Laberge.  There are field trips to nearby Eastern Egg Rock, where Dr. Steve Kress and his team of biologists have successfully restored an island colony of Atlantic Puffins, and Roseate, Arctic and Common Terns, as well as excursions through an unspoiled spruce forest where Blackburnian and Parula Warblers nest.  As instructor Pete Dunne wrote recently in Birder’s World<http://projectpuffin.org/pdfs/HogIslandBirdersWorldOct2010.pdf&rct=j&sa=U&ei=-8W4TLajBMP58Abcrey4Dw&ved=0CBMQFjAA&sig2=V9B95tJ_BDABpb-mEiWjNQ&q=birders+world+get+a+crash+course+in+field+birding+that+will+link+you+to+birding%E2%80%99s+past+and+vault+your+skills+into+the+future&usg=AFQjCNEsG6t1S3GrY_Rs3DUMpO-dtU7TbA&cad=rja>, “If your life is steeped in birds, then you owe it to yourself to visit the Source. If you have just discovered birds, there is an island where you can get a crash course in field birding that will link you to birding’s past and vault your skills into the future.”

Birders can expect a variety of field trips to different habitats, including salt water, fresh water wetlands, and a blueberry barren, in addition to Hog Island’s own 330 acres.  There will be bird-banding, a binocular workshop, lively evening presentations by some of the country’s most talented and expert ornithologists, and the unique and  indescribable magic of living on a beautiful wooded island along the Maine coast.

For photos, costs, program descriptions, and registration instructions, go to http://.hogisland.audubon.org<https://nascas.audubon.org/owa/UrlBlockedError.aspx> or call registrar Erica Van Etten at (607) 257-7308, ext.14     There is a $50 Early Bird discount for registrations by January 15, 2011.

Hog Island Programs- 2011
May 29-June 3                          Seabird Biology and Conservation (registrations through Road Scholar) (a service-learning program – Seabird censusing)
June 12-17                                Joy of Birding
June 19-24                                Field Ornithology and Maine Coastal Birding for Teens
July 14-19                                Sharing Nature: An Educator's Week
August 15-20                            Audubon Chapter Leadership Program
September 11-16                      Bird Biology and Conservation (registrations through Road Scholar) (a service-learning program – Tern habitat restoration)

Ken Elkins
Education Program Manager
Audubon Center at Bent of the River
185 East Flat Hill Road
Southbury, CT 06488
kelkins at audubon.org

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