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Bar Harbor Pelagic 2019
with Doug Hitchcox
Members: $135 Nonmembers: $175
Maine Audubon’s annual fall pelagic trip out of Bar Harbor has long been a must-do outing for the region’s birders. The trip is so eagerly anticipated because of a great boat, great camaraderie, and, of course, great sightings of birds and marine mammals!
Past trips have encountered all three jaeger species, both Great and South Polar Skuas, thousands of shearwaters and storm-petrels, gannets, puffins, Razorbills, and Common Murres. Beyond birds, the marine mammal and fish show can be equally stunning with six different whale species, porpoises and dolphins, gray seals, and schools of tuna seen over the years.
Information packet available here: Maine Audubon Bar Harbor Pelagic 2019
Registration questions: Beth Pauls – (207) 781-2330 x273
Location: Scarborough Marsh
Join us for a marsh-wide bird survey. Participants will go on foot, canoe or kayak. Novices welcome and will be paired with advanced birders. We have been doing this survey for over 20 years. All the data collected helps researchers determine the health of the marsh and is entered into eBird.
Advanced registration appreciated biut not required. Call 207-883-5100 and press zero or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Bird Walk at Fort Williams
with Doug Hitchcox
Join us for a bird walk around the picturesque Fort Williams Park during the peak of spring migration. This coastal park is a great spot to see migrating songbirds as they make landfall after their noctural migrations, as well as a great diversity of seabirds just offshore.
Birding by Ear
with Doug Hitchcox
Members: $10, Nonmembers: $15
Being able to identify birds by their songs literally adds a new dimension to your birding. In this evening program, Maine Audubon's Staff Naturalist, Doug Hitchcox, will present tools and techniques for learning bird song. New this year, the program will also cover basics of recording and visualizing bird songs with spectrograms.
Birds of Casco Bay Boat Trip
Members: $65, Nonmembers: $75
Please meet at 95 Main St., Freeport by the L.L. Bean Boot by the Flagship Store entrance. The shuttle bus will pick people up at 9 am, so please arrive by 8:30 to allow time for parking and gathering.
In conjunction with the L.L. Bean Freeport Birding Festival, we are offering two trips with Captain Peter Milholland to explore the bird life around Casco Bay.
Our tentative route will leave from Freeport Town Landing and head towards Sister Island, looping around towards Goose Island then southward towards the Goslings and Irony Island. Then we'll pass between Whaleboat Island and Little Whaleboat Island (if time permits) on our way towards Green Island, or cut across the bay southwesterly from the Goslings directly towards Green Island. Our route may change based on the birds (and other sealife) we encounter.
About our captain: Captain Peter Milholland, principal owner and operator of Seacoast Tours of Freeport, is an experienced, professional mariner and marine educator with over twenty-five years of expertise in developing and maintaining marine educational programs. Peter wants to pass his knowledge of Casco Bay on to others and he states, “Seacoast Tours of Freeport is a way for locals and visitors to directly experience the spectacular beauty and wonders of Casco Bay.”
Daily Canoe/Kayak Rentals
Discover the meandering Dunstan River on your self-guided exploration. We'll provide a canoe/kayak, map, and life jackets.
Cost: $20/hour; $28/1.5 hours; $35/2 hours
($45 maximum; Dicounts on Fridays and for members)
Daily Guided Canoe Tour
Members $11, Nonmembers $13
Experience the wildlife and plants of Scarborough Marsh as you paddle the Dunstan River. Paddling through the marsh, you will be exposed to its many inhabitants, from the snowy egret catching fish along the edge of the river to the mummichogs swimming in the water. A trained naturalist will show you the numerous marsh plants and even give you a taste of an edible one.
This tour is suitable for both novice and experienced paddlers.
No reservations are needed. If you have questions, you can e-mail email@example.com or call 207-883-5100.