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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

Borestone Naturalist Weekend

$360

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Aug 17, 2018

Members: $300, Nonmembers: $360

Join this weekend retreat to Borestone Mountain Sanctuary, located just 20 miles south of Moosehead Lake. There we will stay in the sanctuary’s historic Adirondack style lodges, which are accessible only by boat or on foot, lending an extra sense of remoteness and tranquility to this special place.

The sanctuary is a 1600 acre North Woods preserve with outstanding natural features. Centered around rock-topped Borestone Mountain, the sanctuary encompasses remarkable granite outcroppings and cliffs, clear mountain ponds, and old growth forest stands carpeted by luxuriant mosses and lichens.

Information packet coming soon!

Head Harbor Passage

$75

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Aug 25, 2018 at 7 am

Members: $60 Nonmembers: $75

Join us for our second annual boat trip out of Easport to explore the waters of Head Harbor Passage and look for birds and other wildlife. We'll time our trip to pass by the "Old Sow" whirlpool when high numbers of gulls will be feeding. Among the hundreds of Bonaparte's Gulls is our primary target, the rare Little Gull and this is a great time to be looking for other unusual birds like Lesser Black-backed, Black-headed, or even Sabine's Gulls. 

Local birders Chris Barlett and Woody Gillies will join us to help spot birds and provide insights and local knowledge of the area. Information packet coming soon!

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

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: Sunset Puffin Cruise II





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