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Trailblazers High Adventure Summer Camp, July 2017

Trailblazers High Adventure was the second program of the 2017 summer season, and this was the second summer for the High Adventure camp. The name High Adventure is no mistake as we cater this to older, more serious adventurers. Good thing we had a hearty crew since we had a heat wave join us for the entire week!

Schedule of the Week:

Monday - BSES Nature Trail & Concord Nature Trail

Tuesday - St. Peter's Village

Wednesday - The Great Marsh

Thursday - Brandywine Creek Canoe Trip

Friday - BSES Nature Trail

Our trip to St. Peter's Village provided a geologic playground for Trailblazers as students scrambled over the boulders of French Creek. One boulder has even been smoothed out into a natural waterslide! The afternoon was spent exploring the creek, but the morning hike sent us through the deciduous forests that surround the creek. Students were treated to Scarlet Tanager, Veery, and Wood Thrush!

Wednesday at the Great Marsh was another awesome experience! We added this trip to High Adventure so we could have more time exploring this massive campus, and good thing we did because there were lots of things to enjoy! A hike through the marsh helped us tick Wood Duck, Great Blue Heron, and Green Heron off our checklist. Also, a visit to the swimming hole helped cool things off during the week's heatwave. Finally, some of the older students were able to help with a service project of clearing spatterdock out of Marsh Creek. Grace even took home a "trophy" for her efforts!

Thursday's trip down the Brandywine Creek was a real scorcher: 100 degrees to be exact! It didn't take long for the students to end up in the water, and we had multiple dips in the creek as we meandered south on our journey. This trip is a challenge for those who are new to paddling, but I think it's safe to say that all the students were pros by the time we made it to our takeout point at Thompson's Bridge. Students worked very well together making for our most challenging yet exciting adventure to date!

All told, this week of High Adventure was another success!

Bird Species List for the Week (59 Species):

Canada Goose

Wood Duck


Great Blue Heron

Green Heron

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Cooper's Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk


Spotted Sandpiper

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Chimney Swift

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Downy Woodpecker

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Acadian Flycatcher

Willow Flycatcher

Eastern Phoebe

Great Crested Flycatcher

Eastern Kingbird

Warbling Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

American Crow

Fish Crow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Purple Martin

Tree Swallow

Barn Swallow

Carolina Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

White-breasted Nuthatch

House Wren

Carolina Wren

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Eastern Bluebird

Wood Thrush

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Louisiana Waterthrush

Common Yellowthroat

Yellow Warbler

Chipping Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Scarlet Tanager

Northern Cardinal

Indigo Bunting

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

House Finch

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow


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