Programs

Creating Bird-Friendly Habitats

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

All participants must agree to the COVID-19 Camp Guidelines - please read before registering.

August 23-26, 2021

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Scholarships available, apply here.

Discover how to make your property irresistible to birds and pollinators! This four-day session focuses on enhancing wildlife habitat on properties large and small. Presentations by National Audubon’s plants for birds director, Jon Rowden will emphasize natural relationships between native plants, birds, insects, and the surrounding landscape, as well as offer tips for attracting new species to your outdoor spaces. Other instructors include Jillian Bell who will draw from her expertise as a community habitat program professional and share tips for creating bird-friendly habitats that mimic native plant communities.

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, as well as information 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 a field trip 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. Participants must provide their own vehicles for transportation to participate in these field trips.

Prices: Below are listed per person prices that 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.

$695 Standard Room: twin bed in a shared double or triple room, shared bathroom
$845 Puffin Room in the Crow's Nest, 2 twin beds, private 1/2 bath (SOLD OUT)

Housing Waitlist
If the housing of choice is not available, please put yourself on the Housing Waitlist when it opens on Monday, March 8th at noon (EST). In case of cancellations, we will notify you of the upgrade options.

Questions: For questions regarding the program, registration, lodging or meals, contact the Audubon Camp program manager at hogisland@audubon.org or (207) 360-7733. Additional information can be found on the lodging and frequently asked questions page.

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

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

2021 Instructors:
Jillian BellBird-Friendly Communities Program Associate, Connecticut Audubon
Deb Perkins, Wildlife Ecologist and Proprietor, First Light Wildlife Habitats 
Andy Brand, Plant Curator, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

NOTE: Audubon reserves the right to alter itineraries, instructors and particular arrangements, or to substitute similar itineraries or arrangements, at no penalty. If Audubon cancels a session, it will issue full refunds of all deposits or payments to the paid participants.

 
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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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