Creating Bird-Friendly Habitats

Learn how to attract birds to properties large and small - A special 3-night/4-day program

We really appreciate your interest in Hog Island Audubon Camp, but in order to keep our campers, volunteers and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic we’ve decided to cancel our summer camp programming for 2020. Thank you for your care and commitment as we work together to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Tentative 2021 dates: August 15-18, 2021 

Discover how to make your property irresistible to birds and pollinators! This three-day session focuses on enhancing wildlife habitat on properties large and small. Presentations by entomology professor Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, will emphasize restoring natural relationships between native plants and insects, and offer tips for attracting insects that in turn attract birds. Dr. Tallamy’s entomology perspective will complement bird perspectives from Audubon’s Dr. Stephen Kress, author of The Audubon Society Guide to Attracting Birds who will discuss the co-evolution of native plants and native birds, and provide tips for creating bird-friendly habitats that mimic native plant communities, without using harmful pesticides.

Other instructors include Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens plant curator Andy Brand, who will share his gardening knowledge about native plants, and wildlife ecologist Deb Perkins, who will provide tips on enhancing larger properties such as forests and meadows, and on obtaining funding from government programs for attracting birds to private properties. All information is easily transferable to properties everywhere.

The session also will include practical tips on creating water features, nest boxes, and roosting structures, as well as on making your home and gardens safer for birds. Also included are field trips to local homes and gardens where landowners will demonstrate their success in improving bird habitats. The session concludes with a special tour of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. For a detailed sample itinerary of this session, click here.  To share the program flyer you can download or print it from here: Creating Bird-friendly Habitats flyer.

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.

$595 Standard Room: twin bed in a shared double or triple room, shared bathroom
$695 Puffin Room in the Crow's Nest, 2 twin beds, private 1/2 bath
$895 Osprey Room, 2 twin beds, private full bath, ocean view (dbl occupancy)
$895 Roseate Room, 2 twin beds, private full bath, ocean view (dbl occupancy)
$895 single room in Porthole Lodge, shared bathroom

Program Director:
John Rowden, Plants for Birds Director, National Audubon Society

2019 Instructors:
Doug Tallamy, Author and Professor
Deb Perkins, Wildlife Ecologist and Proprietor, First Light Wildlife Habitats 
Andy Brand, Plant Curator, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
​Daniel Ungier, Director of Education and Interpretation, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Margaret BarkerWriter and Educator

Photo: Stephen Kress
Photo: Derrick Jackson
Photo: Doug Tallamy
Puffin House at Todd Wildlife Sanctuary Photo: Stephen Kress
Photo: Doug Tallamy
Photo: Stephen Kress

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