Summer on the Maine Coast has much to offer, even before we consider the birding - picturesque lighthouses and fishing villages tucked into the rocky coastline, abundant lobster and fresh seafood, and warm sun cooled by sea breezes. Adding birds to the mix makes it irresistible.
Undoubtedly, the highlight of this trip is an evening boat trip to the seabird nesting colony on Eastern Egg Rock, where we will watch Atlantic Puffins interacting with each other before returning to their burrows for the night, along with Arctic and Roseate terns, Black Guillemot, Wilson's Storm-Petrel, and more. We'll visit regionally rare habitats for other breeding birds that are hard to find in New England. Kennebunk Plains, a vast sandplain grassland, hosts Upland Sandpiper, Grasshopper and Vesper sparrows, Eastern Meadowlark, and Bobolink, while Scarborough Marsh, Maine's largest salt marsh, host's breeding Saltmarsh and Nelson's sparrows and countless herons, egrets, and shorebirds. Along the way, coastal woodlands, meadows, marshes, beaches, and mudflats offer us a fantastic mix of breeding and migrant shorebirds, waders, warblers, thrushes, and other songbirds.
Space is limited. A nonrefundable, nontransferable deposit of $150 per person must accompany registration. Final payment is due May 19. Fee includes hotel accommodations, round-trip van transportation, breakfast, interpretive materials, and field instruction. Participants are responsible for some meals, snacks, tips, and personal items.
Please call 978-887-9264 to register. Online registration is unavailable for this program. Call or email [email protected] for an itinerary. Cancellations within 30 days of departure cannot be refunded or credited unless we can fill your space.