Young Birders Ecotourism Tour Includes Camp Casey

Young Birders Ecotourism Tour Includes Camp Casey

Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT), runs two young birder camps each summer, one in Arizona and one in Washington. During the camp, participants sample the full diversity of habitats in each region in order to see and learn about birds and other wildlife. The Washington camp includes several nights at Camp Casey Conference Center. 

VENT is a highly-regarded birding and nature tour company worldwide. Founded by industry pioneer Victor Emanual in 1976, VENT sets high standards for excellence in ecotourism. The Washington trip is offered alongside a variety of birding tours to global locations including Peru, Cape May, Guyana, and an Amazon River Cruise. 

“In order to experience a nice sampling of habitats in the Pacific Northwest, we like to combine some time on the coast with time in the mountains,” said Michael O’Brien, a VENT guide and birding expert. “Camp Casey offers the perfect home base for the coastal portion of our young birder camp.”  

The camps are for participants 14-18 years of age, and take a maximum of 14 persons per session. Over the years, campers have come from all over the world. Four consecutive years the VENT camp has incorporated Camp Casey Conference Center into its Washington tour. They will return in 2020.

“The facilities are exactly what we need for a simple but comfortable home base, situated in an incredibly diverse location,” said O’Brien. “Being just steps away from woods, sea cliffs, mud flats, and cattail marsh, means a wide variety of birds can be seen in a very small area.” 

O’Brien is a freelance artist, author, and environmental consultant living in Cape May, New Jersey. He has a passionate interest in bird vocalizations and field identification, and a serious addiction to migration and nocturnal birding. 

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