The month of July is a great time for young birders, hummingbirds, the canyons of southeastern Arizona, and Maine’s booming Osprey population. The four events below promise every attendee a good time and lots and lots of birds.
ABA Camp Colorado – SOLD OUT
Jennie Duberstein, Steve Howell, Birding editor Ted Floyd, Jeff and Liz Gordon of the American Birding Association, Jeff Bouton of Leica Sport Optics, and camp director Bill Stewart will guide birders aged 13 to 18 as they visit Colorado’s varied life zones in search of White-tailed Ptarmigan, Ferruginous Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Mountain Plover, Burrowing Owl, Williamson’s Sapsucker, McCown’s and Chestnut-collared Longspurs, Brown-capped Rosy-Finch, and other special birds. At YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado. This camp is sold out. Camp website.
The Audubon Camp in Maine has offered environmental education programs for adults, teens, families, and conservation leaders on Hog Island in Muscongus Bay, Maine, since 1936. Raptor biologist Rob Bierregaard will lead this five-day program, focused on the mid-coast’s many hawks, eagles, falcons, vultures, owls, and Maine’s thriving Osprey population. At Hog Island Audubon Camp, Maine. Program website.
High Country Hummers Festival
Sheri Williamson, author of A Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America (Peterson Field Guide series, 2002) and a founder and director of the Southeast Arizona Bird Observatory, in Bisbee, will lead a hummingbird capture and banding event from 8 a.m. until noon. Free and open to the public. At Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area, Eagar, Arizona. Festival website.
July 30-August 2
Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival
Field trips will visit Ash, Miller, Ramsey, and Madera Canyons, Patagonia Lake, Fort Huachuca, and other hotspots. Frequent BirdWatching contributor Charles Melton will speak about the hummingbirds of the United States and Mexican Spotted Owls on Friday, and tour leader, photographer, and Western Field Ornithologists board member Ed Harper will deliver the keynote, about the birds of East Africa, on Saturday. At Sierra Vista, Arizona. Festival website.
Festivals and events
We highlight fun birding events in “Birding Briefs” in every issue of BirdWatching magazine. Many of the events above appeared in our August 2014 issue. Subscribe.
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