Camp Chiricahua: Jul 17—28, 2019

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Price: To Be Announced.
($2095 in 2018) This tour is sold out.
Departs: Tucson
Tour Limit: 14
Operations Manager: Greg Lopez
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Brian Gibbons

Brian Gibbons grew up in suburban Dallas where he began exploring the wild world in local cr...

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Red-faced Warbler

Red-faced Warbler— Photo: Michael O’Brien


A unique summertime youth program centered on the wildlife-rich ecosystems of Southeastern Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains.

Camp Chiricahua presents young birders with an extraordinary opportunity to share a mutual love of birds and nature in one of the greatest natural history locations in North America. The camp, co-sponsored by the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, American Birding Association, and Leica Sport Optics, is designed for boys and girls between the ages of 14 and 18 to become familiar with the flora and fauna of Southeast Arizona.

The primary focus of the camp is on the rich birdlife of the region, but we will also explore all aspects of nature, and spend time learning about habitats and ecosystems. Campers do not need to be expert birders, but should possess an interest in birds and nature.

Campers should expect to see most of the special birds of Southeast Arizona, including such sought-after species as Elegant Trogon, a good variety of hummingbirds, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, and Red-faced Warbler. Evening night drives will provide additional opportunities for mammals, reptiles, and insects.

Through the years, Camp Chiricahua has endured as a testament to VENT’s dedication to employing nature as a vehicle for learning, and positively influencing the lives of young people. Many campers have gone on to successful careers in a variety of fields, and many of them cite their time spent at Camp Chiricahua as a defining event in their lives.

Long, learning-filled days emphasizing the region’s birdlife and varied habitats; lots of hiking and camping; cool mornings and warm to hot days with afternoon thunderstorms.

Listen to BirdNote’s October 9, 2016 show: Investing in Young Naturalists – With Victor Emanuel and Barry Lyon

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