Calling All Young Birders

The ABA Mid-Atlantic Young Birder Conference will be held Saturday, September 22 from 8:00am to 4:00pm in Hockessin, DE.

ABA Mid-Atlantic Young Birders ConferenceThe ABA and Leica Sport Optics have partnered to create a unique birding experience focusing upon young birders and their mentors in the Mid-Atlantic area. Co-sponsored by the Delaware Nature Society and the Delmarva Ornithological Society’s youth birders, the Delaware Dunlins, the conference will be held on the beautiful grounds of Ashland Nature Center in Hockessin, Delaware.

Striving to bring more young birders together in a rich learning atmosphere, the event will feature a day filled with birding, learning, fun, and friendship. Bird walks will be led by the ABA and Leica staff around the 242 acre preserve at Ashland, along with concurrent indoor sessions for new and experienced young birders alike, allowing everyone from elementary school through late teens to find things of interest. There will also be special sessions by and for parents, mentors, and club coordinators. We’ll also spend part of the day on top of Hawk Watch Hill, where the Ashland Hawk Watch tallies 13,000+ raptors each autumn.

For our keynote presentations, we’re very excited to have ABA’s Young Birder of the Year 2012, the very talented Marie McGee, and Bill Thompson III, editor of Bird Watcher’s Digest and author of The Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of Eastern North America (all attendees will receive a free copy, thanks to Bill!) and The Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of North America. Bill and Marie will deliver a one-two punch that will have everyone fired up about birding and its potential to enrich and connect us all, kid or adult.

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ABA Blog Post: Announcing the ABA Mid-Atlantic Young Birder Conference

ABA Register Link: Events | American Birding Association

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