Otter Creek Audubon Society (OCAS) is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for the summer of 2017, available to an Addison County teen (age 14-17) to attend a session at Hog Island Audubon Camp. This renowned camp, located off the scenic Maine coast, is run by National Audubon and Cornell Lab of Ornithology. It offers gorgeous surroundings, nationally-known instructors and a chance for teens to share extraordinary experiences with like-minded peers.

Funding for this scholarship has been earned by Tyler Pockette, an avid birder who won a scholarship to a similar Audubon camp when he was a teenager. That exciting experience led him to a career in wildlife biology and a life-long passion for birds. This year he is raising money through a “Photo Big Year” so that another one or two teens can have the same opportunity he had. His sponsors are donating money for every bird species he photographs in Vermont during 2016.

The first scholarship is for $1195, which is the full cost of the 5-day program. The amount of a potential second scholarship is dependent on the final fundraising result of Tyler’s “Photo Big Year.”

The scholarship application can be found here. Teens should carefully read the Hog Island Audubon Camp website before completing the application. Pay special attention to the websites for both teen sessions:
· Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens, June 11-16 (this spot is wait-listed)
· Marine Natural History for Teens, July 16-21

Deadline for returning this application to OCAS ( ocasvt@gmail.com ) is January 8, 2016. You will be notified by January 14, 2017. Good luck!

– Carol Ramsayer

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