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Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay 2018

$85

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Sep 22, 2018 at 8 am

Members: $60, Nonmembers: $85

Location: Boothbay Harbor

When Maine Audubon first began running this trip in 1969, sighting one or two eagles was all that could be expected. Since then, the Bald Eagle population has rebounded from the devastating effects of pesticide poisoning, and during last year’s trip we observed 66 eagles!

We will board the boat in Boothbay Harbor for a trip across Sheepscot Bay to the Sasanoa River then up the Kennebec River to Merrymeeting Bay. Weather and tides permitting, we will return to Boothbay via the Kennebec. The sheltered tidal waters of Midcoast Maine offer some of the most pleasant and scenic cruising to be found anywhere—plus excellent wildlife watching. In addition to bald eagles, expect other raptors, seals, sturgeon, shorebirds, and waterfowl along the way.

Important information about this trip: Coming soon!

 

Bar Harbor Pelagic

$175

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Sep 15, 2018 at 6 am

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 packets available here: Bar Harbor Pelagic Trip 2018

Registration questions: Beth Pauls – (207) 781-2330 x273

Birds of Casco Bay Boat Trip

$75
Calendar Next session starts May 26, 2018 at 9 am
1 additional session on May 27, 2018

Members: $65, Nonmembers: $75

Please meet at 95 Main St., Freeport where a bus will take participants to the boat.

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 Lower Flying Point 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.”

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Mexico: Oaxaca Birding Trip
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Mexico: Oaxaca Birding Trip

$2,475

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Mar 16, 2019

Escape Maine’s winter doldrums on a week-long tour with Field Guides Inc and Maine Audubon to Oaxaca, Mexico. This tour offers excellent birding in an area of Mexico with a high concentration of endemic species around a city with a rich archaeological and cultural heritage. The city is located at the crossroads of several major biogeographic regions of Mexico, and its bird life is influenced by all of these. Among the resultant mixture are two dozen species endemic to Mexico, including West Mexican Chachalaca, Boucard's and Gray-barred wrens, Dusky and Beautiful hummingbirds, Bridled and Oaxaca sparrows, Gray-breasted Woodpecker, Russet Nightingale-Thrush, Red Warbler, and Slaty and Dwarf vireos. We'll look to see them against Oaxaca's rich backdrop of culture and ruins.

A full trip itinerary is available here: Maine Audubon Oaxaca Tour Itinerary

More information including past trip lists and registration info is available here: MEXICO: OAXACA IN 2019 with MAINE AUDUBON

Seabirds of Matinicus Rock 2018

$100

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Jun 8, 2018 at 8 am

Members: $80 Nonmembers: $100

A 32-acre island 18 miles offshore at the mouth of Penobscot Bay, Matinicus Rock is one of Maine’s most important seabird nesting colonies. Here, Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Common Murres, Black Guillemots, Arctic and Common Terns, and Laughing Gulls all gather to nest. Motoring out of New Harbor aboard the Hardy III, we’ll cross the mouth of Muscongus Bay, passing close by the seabird colony at Eastern Egg Rock where roseate terns nest. With plenty of open-water habitat along our route, we could see a good array of pelagic species, including Wilson’s Storm-petrels, Northern Gannets, Common Murres, phalaropes, Great and Sooty Shearwaters, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and jaegers.

Information Packet: Seabirds of Matinicus Rock 2018

Sunset Puffin Cruise I

$45

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Jul 14, 2018 at 7 pm

Members: $35 Nonmembers: $45

Join us on an evening cruise out of New Harbor to motor around Eastern Egg Rock and see the Atlantic Puffins that nest there! We time this trip at sunset for beautiful 'golden' light on the birds (great for photographers) and get to visit Franklin Lighthouse just as the light comes on. 

Information packet coming soon.

Sunset Puffin Cruise II

$45

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Jul 27, 2018 at 7 pm

Members: $35 Nonmembers: $45

Join us on an evening cruise out of New Harbor to motor around Eastern Egg Rock and see the Atlantic Puffins that nest there! We time this trip at sunset for beautiful 'golden' light on the birds (great for photographers) and get to visit Franklin Lighthouse just as the light comes on. 

Information packet coming soon.





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