Joy of Birding

Hone your birding skills with some of America's top birders

June 4 to 9, 2017
Registration opens October 20, 2016

Hone your birding skills with some of America's top birders. 

Hog Island in June is home to nesting Bald Eagles, Ospreys and northern songbirds, such as Winter Wren, Northern Parula, Blackburnian, and Black-throated Green Warblers. Mainland trips will visit nearby birding hotspots that offer habitat for shorebirds, forest, and marsh birds. This session includes a trip around Eastern Egg Rock, home to Atlantic Puffins, Black Guillemots and Roseate, Common and Arctic Terns. 

Joy of Birding offers an inspiring and transformative experience that will improve your existing birding skills and inspire a greater appreciation of bird song. Our innovative approach to becoming a better birder will connect and engage both your left and right brain. This whole-brain experience will activate your senses while ultimately enhancing your appreciation and knowledge of birds.

Learn new methods to identify birds by sight, sound and behavior. This program includes special sessions that not only identify birds by their vocalizations, but will help you understand the language and messages of calls and songs. Our enthusiastic, engaging instructors will lead small-group field trips and informal instruction that will sharpen your birding skills.

Our enthusiastic, engaging instructors, small-group field trips, and informal instruction will make you a far better birder. Read more about the difference between Joy of Birding, Breaking Into Birding, and Field Ornithology.

"Your program, staff, environs and heritage are an absolute TREASURE. Memories of the "Joy of Birding" week will live contentedly in my heart for a very long time. Thank you for caring about our wonderful world and it's future."- Rick, CAD programmer, Pennsylvania

Prices: Below are listed per person and include meals, housing, instruction, and all boat trips. Participants must arrange transportation to and from the Audubon dock in Bremen at the start and end of the session (see directions page). Check with your local Audubon chapter or bird club to see if scholarships are available.

$995 twin bed in the Queen Mary loft, 6 beds total, shared bathroom (women only)
$1095 twin bed in a shared double or triple room, shared bathroom
$1195 Puffin Room in the Crow's Nest, 2 twin beds, private 1/2 bath
$1395 single room in Porthole Lodge, shared bathroom
$1345 Osprey Room, 2 twin beds, private full bath, ocean view (dbl occupancy)
$1345 Roseate Room, 2 twin beds, private full bath, ocean view (dbl occupancy)
$1345 Eider room - 2 twin beds, private bath, ocean view (dbl occupancy)
$1345 Guillemot room - 2 twin beds, private bath (dbl occupancy)
$1345 Blackburnian room - 2 twin beds, private bath (dbl occupancy)
$1595 The Helm cabin, private cabin with full bathroom, queen bed, deck, ocean view (dbl occupancy; option for three available)

"All mind-bogglingly wonderful! I had such a great time. I not only learned a lot, but it hit me for the first time, how much the birding leaders know: Weather, geology, geography, botany, entomology, predator-prey relationships........egad! I was frankly a little awed by being in the presence of such great leaders in the field. So impressive!" - Jan, occupational therapist, Connecticut

Questions: For questions regarding the program, registration, lodging or meals, contact the Audubon Camp program manager at or (843) 340-8673. Additional information about accommodations can be found on the lodging and frequently asked questions pages.

Please note that for these programs, there are NO prerequisites, and less experienced/enthusiastic spouses/friends are more than welcome to enroll in all sessions!

John PumilioDirector of SustainabilityColgate University

2017 Instructors Coming Soon!

2016 Instructors
Dr. Charles Duncan, Former DirectorManomet Shorebird Recovery Project
Pete Dunne, Author and former director of Cape May Bird Observatory
Laura Erickson, Author, conservationist and educator
Don Freiday, Program Director of Cape May Bird Observatory
Wayne Peterson Mass Audubon’s Director of the Massachusetts Important Bird Areas (IBA) program

Read Pete Dunne's account of Hog Island: Birder At Large: Back to the Source - Birder's World article 

Guest Lecturer
Stephen KressDirectorSeabird Restoration Program
Chris Lewey, RAVEN Programs

Photo: Sherrie York
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