June 28 - July 3, 2020
Registration opens October 21, 2019!
Designed for ages 14-17 only
This intensive 5-night program will cover boreal to coastal bird species in Maine. We will spend part of the week at Maine Audubon's Borestone Mountain Sanctuary looking for northern maine bird species. The remaining part of the week we will stay on Hog Island and explore the coast for shorebirds, nesting species, and puffins! A service component will be included during the week so that teens can be hands-on and a tour of the Mad River Decoys by Audubon will be provided, including a paint-your-own decoy activity. Teens will learn about conservation projects around the world and see how decoys are produced to bring back species. An emphasis will be placed on creating field notebooks throughout the week. For more info on field notebooks check out this blog post on the ABA website.
The historic cottages at Borestone and Hog Island will be more rustic in nature than the traditional Hog Island cabins. All participants should bring a sleeping bag and prepare for camping conditions while at Borestone and dorms at Hog Island. Electricity will be provided at Borestone but phone reception is very limited and there will be no internet available at either camp. Be prepared to unplug during the week and get connected to the outdoors!
Price: $1445 for individual enrollment, and $1395 for organizations (bird clubs, Audubon chapters, etc.) that are sponsoring a teen in the program. Registration cost includes all meals, housing, instruction and boat trips. Teens must arrange transportation to the Hog Island Audubon Camp on arrival day (Sunday) and from the Portland International Jetport in Portland, Maine on departure day; (14 years olds CANNOT fly independently to camp - call if you have questions).
Prices include: Meals, housing, instruction and all boat trips. Participants must arrange transportation to and from the Portland International Jetport in Portland, Maine where we will start and end our trip. Participants must arrive between 10:30am and noon on Sunday at the Portland International Jetport and we will drop-off at the airport at 9:30am on Friday. If participants arrive early on Sunday, please wait for our staff at baggage claim. Check with your local Audubon chapter or bird club for scholarship availability.
If the session you prefer is sold out, it is a good idea to add your name to the wait list. There are usually a few cancellations, and the first people on the wait list are almost always able to enroll. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (843) 340-8673, for updates on the wait list status.
Questions: For questions regarding the program, registration, lodging or meals, contact the Hog Island program manager at email@example.com or (843) 340-8673. For campers that are 14 years olds - due to airline restrictions you CANNOT fly independently to camp - call if you have questions.
Eva Matthews Lark, Hog Island Program Manager and Costa Rica Teen Director
2020 Teen Leaders
Doug Hitchcox, Naturalist and Birding Guide, Maine Audubon
Christian Hagenlocher, 2016 Big Year Birder and Educator, The Birding Project