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CAMPOBELLO ISLAND, NEW BRUNSWICK

Birding Campobello Island

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Program #21046RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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Itinerary for Aug 25 — Aug 30, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: A conference center consisting of several large 'cottages' set in 2800 acres of natural park. The original F.D. Roosevelt summer home and Visitor Centre are the centerpiece. You'll stay right in the Park for easy access to birding. The surrounding Park areas contain forest, bog, salt water coves, tidal marshs,open fields with many species of birds. There are viewing platforms overlooking the sea and board walks through the bogs.

Contact info:
Route 774
Campobello Island, NB Canada Canada
phone: 506-752-2922
web: www.fdr.net

Room amenities: Bathrooms are generally ensuite.

Facility amenities: The cottages you will stay in were those of the rich friends of the Franklin Roosevelts. They have been restored to their glory with period wallpaper, plush carpeting, and every room with an ensuite bath. Kitchens with all facilities (friges for medicines, etc.), living rooms with TV, porches, and laundry facilities for your use at each cottage.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before:
Although it is not possible to stay at the Conference Center, you will be sent an accommodations page that will allow you to choose a place to stay in nearby towns.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, August 25 - Dinner and Program Orientation
Note: Gather at Prince Cottage for dinner and orientation, meeting your Road Scholar guide and program coordinator

Afternoon: Arrive at Prince Cottage to pick up registration packet and housing assignment. Settle in, enjoy the comforts of these magnificent cottages. Drive about the island and get a feel for the community and do a little self-guided birding.

Dinner: Gather at Prince Cottage for Dinner and orientation.

Evening: Resident guide and co-coordinator Chris Bartlett will lead a discussion about program expectations.

Lodging: Roosevelt Campobello International Park Conference Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: A conference center consisting of several large 'cottages' set in 2800 acres of natural park. The original F.D. Roosevelt summer home and Visitor Centre are the centerpiece. You'll stay right in the Park for easy access to birding. The surrounding Park areas contain forest, bog, salt water coves, tidal marshs,open fields with many species of birds. There are viewing platforms overlooking the sea and board walks through the bogs.

Contact info:
Route 774
Campobello Island, NB Canada Canada
phone: 506-752-2922
web: www.fdr.net

Room amenities: Bathrooms are generally ensuite.

Facility amenities: The cottages you will stay in were those of the rich friends of the Franklin Roosevelts. They have been restored to their glory with period wallpaper, plush carpeting, and every room with an ensuite bath. Kitchens with all facilities (friges for medicines, etc.), living rooms with TV, porches, and laundry facilities for your use at each cottage.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before:
Although it is not possible to stay at the Conference Center, you will be sent an accommodations page that will allow you to choose a place to stay in nearby towns.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, August 26 - Explore Shore Birds and Sea Birds on Campobello I...
Note: Carriage Trails, Herring Cove, Liberty Point

Breakfast: Enjoy a nutritious breakfast at Prince Cottage

Morning: Leaving Prince Cottage, we'll explore Campobello Island, covering the carriage trails, Liberty Point, Herring Cove, the Upper and Lower Duck Ponds. Campobello lies on the Atlantic flyway and it is a convenient stopover point for thousands of shore birds and other migrants. The Park's 1,134 hectares of bird habitat include marine shoreline, salt and fresh marsh, sphagnum bogs, coniferous, deciduous and mixed forest, forest edges, thickets, bushy and open fields, cliffs, banks, and ponds.

Lunch: Return to Prince cottage for lunch prepared by the staff at RCIP.

Afternoon: Leave for South Lubec Sand Bar which is a staging area for tens-of-thousands of shorebirds that are migrating from their northern breeding grounds to southern wintering areas. Semi-palmated sandpipers and semi-palmated plovers are the most abundant bird species feeding on the inter tidal flats. Other, less common and more sought after mall shorebirds include Baird's sandpiper, white-rumped sandpiper, and buff-breasted sandpiper, to name a few. Black-bellied plovers are seen throughout. Small groups of red knot, short-billed dowitcher, ruddy turnstone, sanderling, dunlin, pectoral sandpiper, Hudsonian godwit, and marbled godwit are seen annually as well.

Dinner: Dinner a waterfront restaurant in Lubec.

Evening: Discussion of day's birding finds and slide-show of tomorrow's birding expectations.

Lodging: Roosevelt Campobello International Park Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: A conference center consisting of several large 'cottages' set in 2800 acres of natural park. The original F.D. Roosevelt summer home and Visitor Centre are the centerpiece. You'll stay right in the Park for easy access to birding. The surrounding Park areas contain forest, bog, salt water coves, tidal marshs,open fields with many species of birds. There are viewing platforms overlooking the sea and board walks through the bogs.

Contact info:
Route 774
Campobello Island, NB Canada Canada
phone: 506-752-2922
web: www.fdr.net

Room amenities: Bathrooms are generally ensuite.

Facility amenities: The cottages you will stay in were those of the rich friends of the Franklin Roosevelts. They have been restored to their glory with period wallpaper, plush carpeting, and every room with an ensuite bath. Kitchens with all facilities (friges for medicines, etc.), living rooms with TV, porches, and laundry facilities for your use at each cottage.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before:
Although it is not possible to stay at the Conference Center, you will be sent an accommodations page that will allow you to choose a place to stay in nearby towns.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, August 27 - Travel to the historic seaside village of Eastpor...
Travel to the historic seaside village of Eastport, Maine for a ride on the schooner Ida C. Lore, leaving off the picturesque Eastport breakwater. We'll slip through many of the Canadian Maritime Islands in Head Harbor Passage.

Note: Seabirds and shorebirds beyond your wildest expectations with a few whales, porpoise, lighthouses and seals thrown in for good measure. You'll see birds that you would not expect to be so close to shore.

Breakfast: Nutritious breakfast at Prince Cottage

Morning: We'll travel to the historic seaside village of Eastport, Maine for a bird watching excursion aboard the 92' schooner, the Ida C. Lore, which leaves off the Eastport breakwater. Head harbor Passage, located between Campobello Island and Deer Island, New Brunswick, is listed as an "Important Bird Area (IBA) in Canada. Thousands of Bonaparte's gulls flock to the region in August to fatten up on the abundant fish, krill, and copepods that are brought to the surface by 18' tides. Other less common gull species can be found among the "bonies: such as little gull, black-headed gull, Sabine's gull, and Franklin's gull. Great, Sooty, and Manx shearwaters are also regulars near shore, and razorbills, common murre, and black guillemot are common in small numbers. Both parasitic and pomarine jagers are seen annually. We should also encounter minke and finback whales, as well as harbor porpoise, and seals.

Lunch: Picnic aboard the schooner.

Afternoon: After coming ashore, we'll enjoy a couple of hours in Eastport catching some of the local scene.

Dinner: We'll return to Campobello Island for a leisurely dinner at Prince Cottage.

Evening: Discussion of day's birding finds and slide-show of tomorrow's birding expectations.

Lodging: Roosevelt Campobello International Park Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: A conference center consisting of several large 'cottages' set in 2800 acres of natural park. The original F.D. Roosevelt summer home and Visitor Centre are the centerpiece. You'll stay right in the Park for easy access to birding. The surrounding Park areas contain forest, bog, salt water coves, tidal marshs,open fields with many species of birds. There are viewing platforms overlooking the sea and board walks through the bogs.

Contact info:
Route 774
Campobello Island, NB Canada Canada
phone: 506-752-2922
web: www.fdr.net

Room amenities: Bathrooms are generally ensuite.

Facility amenities: The cottages you will stay in were those of the rich friends of the Franklin Roosevelts. They have been restored to their glory with period wallpaper, plush carpeting, and every room with an ensuite bath. Kitchens with all facilities (friges for medicines, etc.), living rooms with TV, porches, and laundry facilities for your use at each cottage.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before:
Although it is not possible to stay at the Conference Center, you will be sent an accommodations page that will allow you to choose a place to stay in nearby towns.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, August 28 - West Quoddy Head State Park, easternmost point of...
West Quoddy Head State Park, easternmost point of land in the continental United States. South Lubec Sand Bar for another cycle of the tide.

Note: Shorebirds and Seabirds of West Quoddy Head, plus another tidal exchange on the South Lubec Sand Bar

Breakfast: Get up with the sun and enjoy a healthy breakfast at Prince Cottage

Morning: Travel from the RCIP to West Quoddy Head State Park, the easternmost point of land in the continental United States. You'll see one of our more spectacular lighthouses and then on to the trails. A variety of habitats exist in the park. The Green Point path passes through low dense balsam fir and red spruce forest as it meanders along the shore with cliffs plunging to the water. The Peat Bog Trail includes a boardwalk over a seven-acre boreal peat bog that is surrounded by black spruce. Many neo-tropical migrant birds may be seen along the coastal and inland trails and the bog walk. Permanent residents include spruce grouse, gray jays, common ravens boreal chickadees and white-winger and red crossbills.

Lunch: We'll enjoy a picnic lunch at the park.

Afternoon: We'll return to the South Lubec Sand Bar for another tidal exchange You'll remember the Sand Bar from Tuesday, as a staging area for tens-of-thousands of shorebirds that are migrating from their northern breeding grounds to southern wintering areas. Each turn of the tide brings new species. Expect something new and different today!

Dinner: Enjoy a leisurely dinner at Prince Cottage.

Evening: Discussion of day's birding finds and slide-show of tomorrow's birding expectations. Live entertainment to follow discussion.

Lodging: Roosevelt Campobello International Park Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: A conference center consisting of several large 'cottages' set in 2800 acres of natural park. The original F.D. Roosevelt summer home and Visitor Centre are the centerpiece. You'll stay right in the Park for easy access to birding. The surrounding Park areas contain forest, bog, salt water coves, tidal marshs,open fields with many species of birds. There are viewing platforms overlooking the sea and board walks through the bogs.

Contact info:
Route 774
Campobello Island, NB Canada Canada
phone: 506-752-2922
web: www.fdr.net

Room amenities: Bathrooms are generally ensuite.

Facility amenities: The cottages you will stay in were those of the rich friends of the Franklin Roosevelts. They have been restored to their glory with period wallpaper, plush carpeting, and every room with an ensuite bath. Kitchens with all facilities (friges for medicines, etc.), living rooms with TV, porches, and laundry facilities for your use at each cottage.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before:
Although it is not possible to stay at the Conference Center, you will be sent an accommodations page that will allow you to choose a place to stay in nearby towns.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, August 29 - Explore Head Harbor Passage from Campobello Islan...
Note: Seabirds and shorebirds--again beyond your wildest expectations with a few whales, porpoise, lighthouses and seals thrown in for good measure.

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot breakfast buffet at Prince cottage. Take in the beautiful light over the bay in the early morning.

Morning: After breakfast, we'll depart Roosevelt Park for Head Harbor where we'll board "Mister Matthew" a traditional Bay of Fundy fishing vessel called a Cape Islander, captained by Mac Greene. We'll find many of the shorebirds and seabirds that we encountered on Tuesday, we'll just be coming at them from a different direction and exploring the outside of Campobello Island as well. Expect a return of the thousands of birds encountered earlier, plus a few other treats. We'll still be encountering whales, porpoise and seals.

Lunch: Upon returning to shore, you'll be able to explore Campobello Island and Lubec on your own. Don't worry--we'll give you some pointers!

Afternoon: You;ll have a chance to explore Campobello Island on your own this afternoon. You may even want to return to the Lubec Sand Bar for another turn of the tide. If you aren't going to be around on Friday, you will definitely want to take the time to see FDR;s summer cottage and visit the Visitor's Center for a peek into the Roosevelt past. There are two "Eleanor Roosevelt" teas each day. We'll help you get tickets if you want to join in the fun.

Dinner: Enjoy an authentic Maine lobster dinner at Prince Cottage at RCIP.

Evening: Graduation Festivities

Lodging: Roosevelt Campobello International Park Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, August 30 - Buffet Breakfast at Prince Cottage and visit the ...
Buffet Breakfast at Prince Cottage and visit the Roosevelt Cottage and Visitor's Center.

Note: Don't leave the island without allowing time to visit RCIP grounds

Breakfast: Scrumptious breakfast buffet at Prince Cottage. Eat your fill and Linger over that last cup of coffee while bidding farewell to your new birding acquaintances.

Morning: Enjoy catching all of the Roosevelt Cottage and Visitor Center before you leave the Island. You will marvel at the gardens of RCIP and enjoy the expert staff at both the Cottage and the Center. Have a safe trip home!

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Campobello Island
Cobscook Community Learning CenterIf you would like to receive general information on the Down East area, send your name and full mailing address to info@cobscookbay.com or write to: COBSCOOK BAY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PO BOX 42, WHITING, MAINE 04691 Visit FD Roosevelt summer cottage and Visitor Center on Campobello. In Lubec visit West Quoddy Head Light and Museum and Monica's Chocolates. Many opportunites for hiking the bold coast.
For additional information, visit: www.cobscookbay.com/
Down East Spring Birding FestivalA good source of information on the Spring Birding Festival, variety of birds, variety of habitats and more.
For additional information, visit: www.downeastbirdfest.org/

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
12 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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