Detroit Audubon Young Birder Scholarship

Hog Island Audubon Teen Camp – June 11-16, 2017

Deadline: February 1, 2017 (by midnight)

Calling all Young Birders! Detroit Audubon is pleased to announce the 2017 Young Birder Scholarship for Southeast Michigan teens. One lucky recipient will be sent to the prestigious Audubon Hog Island Camp for a week of hands-on workshops led by the best birders and ornithologists in the country.

About the Scholarship

The Detroit Audubon Young Birder Scholarship covers full tuition to the 2017 Hog Island Audubon Camp ($1,295) which includes room & board, workshops, guided walks, and all boat trips. The scholarship does not include transportation to and from Maine, although additional support may be made available for applicants with demonstrated need. Applicants must be available to attend all five days of camp, which runs June 11-16, 2017.

The Hog Island Audubon Camp, designed for teens, includes five days of guided bird walks, hands-on workshops, and chances to observe Audubon’s seabird conservation field research in action. Participants may also visit a breeding colony of puffins, weather-permitting. Instructors include Scott Weidensaul, ornithologist and author of Living on the Wind, Corey Husic, birder and researcher of Harvard University, and Stephen Kress, Director of the Seabird Restoration Program and Vice president for Bird Conservation of the National Audubon Society.

All teens, including those from groups traditionally underrepresented in science and birding, are encouraged to apply.

About Hog Island

Hog Island, ¼ mile offshore from the coast of Maine, has been a center of environmental education programs since 1936. Featuring over 300 acres of stunning natural habitat, the island is dominated by white and red spruce, white pine, and birch trees, with hay-scented fern “balds,” or clearings, on the island’s southern tip. The island’s many historic lodges serve as a second home to visitors, who revel in beautiful views of the forest and Atlantic coast.

Over 150 bird species have been identified on the island, several of which breed there. The list includes seabirds and shorebirds rarely seen inland such as Black Guillemots, Atlantic Puffins, Storm Petrels, and several kinds of terns. Breeding season ensures good views of not only birds in bright breeding plumage but some active nests as well. Its habitat richness and remoteness makes it a premiere location for birding and bird study.

Hog Island is one of the most renowned birding camps in North America with a legacy of leadership in providing experiential, hands-on environmental education opportunities to youth. The founder of the modern field guide, Roger Tory Peterson, was among its first teachers in 1936. Rachel Carson visited Hog Island 1960 and mentioned it in her landmark book, Silent Spring. The camp’s current director, Stephen Kress, is the founder of Project Puffin, recognized internationally for the pioneering work that brought puffins and terns back to their historic nesting islands on the Maine coast. For youth interested in birds (and possibly a bird-related career), this camp is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

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To Apply:

Detroit Audubon 2017 Scholarship Application