Planning some summer travel?

Hi everyone,

I always seem to get bitten by the "travel bug" during the winter!  If you are like me, you might already be thinking about where you might go with your family this summer.  Whether you have enough funds to travel on a spectacular educational trip, you'd like to journey to the "birder's mecca" of Cornell Lab of Ornithology, or you simply want to enjoy some time away camping in your local state park, I hope you'll consider encorporating birds and bird-watching into your adventure!

This summer, there are several ornithology sessions Audubon’s spectacular Hog Island in Maine, that might be of interest to homeschool families. Taught by some of the country’s leading birders, scientists, authors and artists, these dynamic sessions are designed for both beginners and experienced bird enthusiasts. For example, in June, there is a course called Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens designed for teens ages 14 to 17 with an avid interest in birds. And in July, I’m fortunate to be heading to Hog Island to help lead their Sharing Nature Educator’s WeekThere are a couple of bird and ornithology courses for adults, as well. These courses are well-done and action-packed! For example, there may be field trips to see the restored Atlantic Puffin and Tern colony on nearby Eastern Egg Rock, excursions into a lush spruce/fir forest, a rich pond, and along the island’s verdant inter-tidal and tide pool zone, as well as many useful and intriguing presentations and workshops. 

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the surrounding fingerlakes region of New York are also a spectacular place to visit. You can find out about visiting the Cornell Lab at our website.  Get in touch if you visit; I'd love to meet you! Truly, I can't say enough good things about Ithaca, NY and would love to fill you in on some of the things to do here (my favorite place to hike, the best waterfall in my opinion, the nicest swimming hole, to name a few!)

Where are your favorite places to bird?  Will you explore birds and nature in your upcoming travels?

Happy birding,
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