The creation of an Ornithology Camp in honor of William Roberts

William assisting youth with the spotting scope.

William assisting youth with the spotting scope.

A scholarship sponsored Ornithology Camp

Over the past five years William Roberts served on the Blue Ridge Discovery Center Board of Directors. He guided us calmly through many difficult challenges with his wisdom and steady hand while also taking the time to inspire youth as a guide and instill in them a deep love of nature.

Blue Ridge Discovery Center, in gratitude and honor of our recently departed and most principled birder and outdoor enthusiast, would like to advance his contagious interest in birds, flight, majesty of raptors, seasonal surprises of migration, and his boundless curiosity.

We believe that the best way to share his love of birds is to create an Ornithology Camp supported by a scholarship fund in his name, with the goal of inviting young people to immerse themselves in the art of bird study through the guidance of BRDC’s pool of experienced birders. The camp will provide an opportunity for young explorers to experience the many facets ornithology through a variety of hands-on learning activities and field trips.

The power of birding as an engagement tool and a gateway into the relationships within an ecosystem is bounded only by getting the binoculars into the hands of our youth. Please consider a donation in his honor and sponsor a kid for this unique opportunity.

The scholarship fund will be known as: The William Roberts Ornithology Camp for Young Birders

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