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Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay 2019

$85

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Sep 21, 2019 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. During a recent 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: Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay 2019

 

Bar Harbor Pelagic 2019

$175

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Sep 14, 2019 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 packet available here: Maine Audubon Bar Harbor Pelagic 2019

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

Birding Tour: Costa Rica
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Birding Tour: Costa Rica

$3,750

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Jan 15, 2020

Join this private birding tour for Resplendent Quetzals, Scarlet Macaws, and a long list of other fabulous tropical birds and specialties in a beautiful country with Field Guides Inc and Maine Audubon.

This Costa Rica tour has been designed to sample many of the country's major habitats on a short tour while keeping travel time between sites to a minimum. Targeting many of Costa Rica's most charismatic bird species, we'll travel to the steamy Caribbean lowlands, up through the foothills and cloudforests of the bird-rich eastern slopes, into the gorgeous oak forests and the scrubby paramo of the high Talamanca mountains, and down into the transitional forests in the Pacific coastal lowlands. All along the way, we'll be staying in comfortable lodges or hotels, often with fantastic birding right outside our doors!

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

More information including past trip lists and registration info is available here: Costa Rica 2020 with Maine Audubon

Birding Tour: Louisiana
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Birding Tour: Louisiana

$1,675

with Doug Hitchcox

Calendar Next session starts Oct 24, 2019

Join this private late-autumn tour on the Gulf Coast targeting Yellow Rails and other migrants and wintering species with Field Guides Inc and Maine Audubon.

Cajun country is one of the primary rice-growing regions of the US, and as such it provides many prairie and taiga pothole breeding birds their winter home: ducks, geese, bitterns, Sedge Wrens, LeConte's Sparrows, and secretive Yellow Rails. These species are found across much of the Southeast, but because of the rice-harvesting schedule of Cajun farmers, the chance of seeing them here is perhaps better than anywhere else--as the rice combines collect the lagniappe (extra) autumn crop, they flush the birds that are otherwise buried deep in marshy grass. In addition to the marsh birds, any hedgerow may have lingering or vagrant migrants, wintering sparrows, or some other surprise!

In the course of our long weekend, we'll also bird the coastal marshes, beaches, and cheniers (tree islands) for late seasonal migrants and wintering species, and we'll visit the nearby pine woods that are home to such southeastern specialties as Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch, and Bachman's and maybe even wintering Henslow's sparrows. And don't forget your appetite: Louisiana is rightly known for its tasty cuisine! So why don't y'all come on down and visit?

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

More information including past trip lists and registration info is available here: Louisiana: Yellow Rails & Crawfish Tails 2019 with Maine Audubon

Borestone Naturalist Weekend 2019

$360

with Gary Roberts

Calendar Next session starts Sep 6, 2019

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.

Hike and learn in this 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.

Read about the 2017 Naturalist Weekend





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