The BBC Young Birder Scholarship program, initiated in 2015, has been renamed the Bill Drummond Young Birder Scholarship in honor of one of our club’s most distinguished leaders. Each year the BBC offers one or two scholarships to the Coastal Maine Studies for Teens program at National Audubon’s Hog Island camp in Maine. These scholarships, instituted to nurture interest in bird study and conservation among young birders, cover the full cost of the camp. The scholarships are supported entirely by member donations. BBC members can make a donation of any amount, in Bill Drummond’s honor, on the Join/Renew section of the website.
National Audubon cancelled all 2020 camps but allowed the BBC to roll over our payments to reserve two slots for the same program in 2021, and we have offered these slots as full scholarships to May Adams and Jackson Frost, our 2020 recipients. The BBC also hopes to grant two additional scholarships to the Hog Island camp in 2021, but that will depend on our ability to reserve additional slots once registration opens in early 2021.