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TRESCOTT, MAINE

Chickadees, Grouse, Puffins and More: A Birder’s Dream in Down East Maine

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Itinerary for May 22 — May 27, 2015

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Beautifully constructed private conference center on the campus of Cobscook Community Learning Center in Trescott, Maine. The Lodge, built as a retreat and conference center, was constructed in 2013-14 as a community dream project using local labor and local materials. You will see Maine's beautiful woods reflected in the abundant use of timbers throughout the Lodge. The Lodge is two stories, with 14 rooms, plus a studio apartment for artists in residence. Each room has a private bath. The Lodge is located on campus, surrounded by woods, nestled next a beautiful pond full of frogs. A short hike will lead you to the water's edge of Whiting Bay.

Contact info:
10 Commissary Point Road
Trescott, ME 04652 USA
phone: 207-733-2233
Facility amenities: The Lodge has a meeting room, a library, laundry facilities, a small kitchenette and is attached to a dining hall. Free Wi-Fi is available. A computer lab is available on campus for participants' use.

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

Additional nights before: 0
Additional nights may be available depending on programming needs. Call for a quote.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day One: Friday, May 22 - Dinner and Program Orientation
Note: Gather at Heartwood Lodge for dinner and orientation, meeting your Road Scholar guide and program coordinator

Afternoon: Arrive at Heartwood Lodge to pick up registration packet and room assignment. Settle in, enjoy the comforts of this super comfortable lodge. Walk about the campus and do a little self-guided birding. Another option you might want to consider is the opening walks with the Birding Festival which will start with opening ceremonies at the CCLC campus at 1 pm. Materials will be included in your prep materials to pre-register for these walks. A full description of the Festival activities will be listed on the website at www.downeastbirdfest.org.

Dinner: Gather at Heartwood Lodge lobby for social and meet other participants and one of your guides. Introductions and a layout of the week's plan will be confirmed.

Evening: At The Commons (the dining area for Heartwood Lodge) you will join other festival participants for a delightful supper of soups and breads and salad. We will be joined by Brian Rolek , a PhD student at UMO whose research investigates the influence of forestry management practices in New England on diversity and composition of bird communities at multiple scales with Maine Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit.

Lodging: Heartwood Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Beautifully constructed private conference center on the campus of Cobscook Community Learning Center in Trescott, Maine. The Lodge, built as a retreat and conference center, was constructed in 2013-14 as a community dream project using local labor and local materials. You will see Maine's beautiful woods reflected in the abundant use of timbers throughout the Lodge. The Lodge is two stories, with 14 rooms, plus a studio apartment for artists in residence. Each room has a private bath. The Lodge is located on campus, surrounded by woods, nestled next a beautiful pond full of frogs. A short hike will lead you to the water's edge of Whiting Bay.

Contact info:
10 Commissary Point Road
Trescott, ME 04652 USA
phone: 207-733-2233
Facility amenities: The Lodge has a meeting room, a library, laundry facilities, a small kitchenette and is attached to a dining hall. Free Wi-Fi is available. A computer lab is available on campus for participants' use.

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

Additional nights before: 0
Additional nights may be available depending on programming needs. Call for a quote.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Saturday, May 23 - Birding on Campobello Island and the Cobscook Bay...
Birding on Campobello Island and the Cobscook Bay region with Bob Duchesne

Note: Birds and beautiful vistas of Campobello. Enjoy the best of birding in the Bay region --Bob Duchesne style. Please note that a U.S. Passport is required to enter Canada and visit Campobello Island.

Breakfast: Enjoy a nutritious breakfast Heartwood Lodge dining room

Morning: Today will be an all-day excursion with renowned birding expert and author Bob Duschene. This is a popular festival event with very limitied enrollment. We will bird in five or six special habitats on Campobello Island and in the Cobscook Bay area to have the opportunity to see an inordinate variety of birds. Stops will be in spruce-fir forests, brush and pole stage timber, ocean and tidal flats, and fresh and tidal marshes - habitats for a great variety of birds from hummingbirds to gannets. This excursion will be at a leisurely pace to allow you to focus on new and/or favorite birds. Over the course of the day, it will be possible to see most of the birds expected to be in this area. Bring along your waterproof boots.

Lunch: Enjoy a hearty packed lunch along the trail somewhere.

Afternoon: Following lunch, we will continue the day's exploration with Bob. Enjoy the expertise of your guide who is well versed in the Down East birding community.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the Heartwood Lodge dining room.

Evening: After dinner, enjoy Bob Duchesne's "Birding by Ear" program, followed by review the day's bird sightings.

Lodging: Heartwood Lodge

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

Description: Beautifully constructed private conference center on the campus of Cobscook Community Learning Center in Trescott, Maine. The Lodge, built as a retreat and conference center, was constructed in 2013-14 as a community dream project using local labor and local materials. You will see Maine's beautiful woods reflected in the abundant use of timbers throughout the Lodge. The Lodge is two stories, with 14 rooms, plus a studio apartment for artists in residence. Each room has a private bath. The Lodge is located on campus, surrounded by woods, nestled next a beautiful pond full of frogs. A short hike will lead you to the water's edge of Whiting Bay.

Contact info:
10 Commissary Point Road
Trescott, ME 04652 USA
phone: 207-733-2233
Facility amenities: The Lodge has a meeting room, a library, laundry facilities, a small kitchenette and is attached to a dining hall. Free Wi-Fi is available. A computer lab is available on campus for participants' use.

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

Additional nights before: 0
Additional nights may be available depending on programming needs. Call for a quote.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Sunday, May 24 - Travel to the historic seaside village of Eastpor...
Travel to the historic seaside village of Eastport, Maine for a ride on a lobster boat, leaving off the picturesque Eastport breakwater. We'll slip through many of the Canadian Maritime Islands in Head Harbor Passage.

Note: Seabirds, lighthouses, seals, porpoises, herring weirs and salmon pens.

Breakfast: Nutritious breakfast at the Heartwood Lodge.

Morning: Today, we will head to the seaside little city of Eastport, Maine. We will have two destinations today. We will separate the class into two groups to insure that everyone gets to enjoy a small group for each activity. One group will join festival guide Anne Archie for an enjoyable stroll along the Passamaquoddy walking path as we look for birds through diverse coastal habitats. This paved path is located on the Passamaquoddy Reservation at Pleasant Point, also called Sipayik, and was once part of a railroad bed that ran to it's terminus in Eastport. A wide variety of migrating warblers and other passerines can be seen feeding and singing all along the path during early morning including American redstart, Wilson's warbler, blue-headed vireo, and ruby-crowned kinglet. Savannah sparrow and Nelson's sparrow nest in the open fields next to the ocean. Look for shorebirds such as short-billed dowitcher and wilson's snipe around the edges of the brackish pond. Swamp sparrow and common yellow-throat can be found in the marshy areas. The other group will join festival guides Chris Bartlett and Colin Brown aboard the lobster boat, The Lady H., a traditional lobster boat berthed at the picturesque Eastport breakwater. We'll slip around the many Canadian Maritime islands in Head Harbor Passage, getting an upclose and personal viewing of the spectacular scenery and plentiful wildlife. Bring your binoculars and camera. You may see shearwaters, storm-petrels, cormorants, ospreys, hawks, bald eagles, gulls, terns, and alcids. Seals, porpoises, herring weirs, salmon pens, and lighthouses will be part of the two-hour tour as well.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch in the seaside village of Eastport, choosing from Maine's best lobster roll at Quoddy Lobster to a quiet lunch at an Eastport waterfront restaurant

Afternoon: Following lunch, we will continue the day's exploration with Bob. Enjoy the expertise of your guide who is well versed in the Down East birding community.

Dinner: We'll join festival participants for a hearty, homemade dinner at the Cobscook Community Learning Center. This dinner has become a Festival tradition where guides and participants come together and share stories and findings to date. A choice of movie or a hike will follow dinner. Preceding dinner, we will enjoy a slide show of participants photographs. If you have some you want to share or take any during the festival, please feel free to join in with your submissions. Send them as an attachment to Valerie at: valerie@thecclc.org

Evening: We'll join resident guide Bob Duchesne and MNWR's Bill Kolodnicki for an evening hike at Commissary Point or the Edmunds MNWR, hoping to see late-displaying woodcock. We'll explore a diverse selection of forest and field habitats, including areas managed specifically by Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to benefit woodcock, and which also provide homes to more than fifty other species that use the same areas. This property is also home to bears, coyotes, deer, porcupines, ruffed grouse, hares and many other species.

Lodging: Heartwood Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Beautifully constructed private conference center on the campus of Cobscook Community Learning Center in Trescott, Maine. The Lodge, built as a retreat and conference center, was constructed in 2013-14 as a community dream project using local labor and local materials. You will see Maine's beautiful woods reflected in the abundant use of timbers throughout the Lodge. The Lodge is two stories, with 14 rooms, plus a studio apartment for artists in residence. Each room has a private bath. The Lodge is located on campus, surrounded by woods, nestled next a beautiful pond full of frogs. A short hike will lead you to the water's edge of Whiting Bay.

Contact info:
10 Commissary Point Road
Trescott, ME 04652 USA
phone: 207-733-2233
Facility amenities: The Lodge has a meeting room, a library, laundry facilities, a small kitchenette and is attached to a dining hall. Free Wi-Fi is available. A computer lab is available on campus for participants' use.

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

Additional nights before: 0
Additional nights may be available depending on programming needs. Call for a quote.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Monday, May 25 - Puffin expedition to Machias Seal Island on the v...
Puffin expedition to Machias Seal Island on the vessel Barbara Frost with Captain Andy Patterson

Note: Birds and beautiful vistas of Campobello Island--Atlantic Puffin, Razorbills, Common Murres, and the occasional Black Guillemot

Breakfast: Get up with the sun and enjoy a healthy breakfast at Heartwood Lodge dining room

Morning: We will be departing for Machias Seal Island, which has the largest Atlantic puffin colony along the Maine coastline. Your trip from Cutler Harbor, aboard the Barbara Frost with Captain Andy Patterson, to the island will take about 60 minutes. You will have about two hours either on the island or in the waters surrounding the island (depending on the landing conditions). If you're interested in terns and alcids, this is your trip. Avian occupants include 3,000 Atlantic puffins, as well as razorbills, Arctic and common terns, common murres, black guillemots and common eiders. Other seabirds, such as northern gannets, black-legged kittiwakes, gulls, shearwaters, and storm petrels, are frequently sighted on the water. Bald eagles and seals are spotted often. This trip involves two open water transfers, one in Cutler Harbor to load onto the Barbara Frost, and another at Machias Seal Island if we are able to go ashore. You will be assisted by the boat's Captain on both maneuvers. The trip is exhilerating and the birds are a real treat.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch on your way back to the mainland. Or maybe you'll want to eat your lunch on the island.

Afternoon: The Machias Seal Island trip takes about 5-6 hours. After our return to Cutler Harbor, we'll head back to Heartwood Lodge making a stop at West Quoddy Head. Many neo-tropical migrant birds may be seen along the coastal and inland trails, and the bog walk (if we have the energy and time). Permanent residents include Spruce Grouse, Gray Jay, Common Raven, Boreal Chickadee and White-winged and Red Crossbills. Some other species include Common Eider, Merlin, a great variety of migrating shorebirds, Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, kinglets, Swainson’s, Bicknell's, and Hermit Thrush, two dozen species of warblers, Lincoln’s Sparrows, Dark-eyed Junco; and seabirds.

Dinner: We'll make it for dinner at The Commons dining room with a good home-cooked style dinner.

Evening: Enjoy a birding expedition through the lens of Chris Bartlett, one of the finest festival guides. Chris also leads our late summer birding expeditions and he will show you the bounty of our Bay.

Lodging: Heartwood Lodge

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

Description: Beautifully constructed private conference center on the campus of Cobscook Community Learning Center in Trescott, Maine. The Lodge, built as a retreat and conference center, was constructed in 2013-14 as a community dream project using local labor and local materials. You will see Maine's beautiful woods reflected in the abundant use of timbers throughout the Lodge. The Lodge is two stories, with 14 rooms, plus a studio apartment for artists in residence. Each room has a private bath. The Lodge is located on campus, surrounded by woods, nestled next a beautiful pond full of frogs. A short hike will lead you to the water's edge of Whiting Bay.

Contact info:
10 Commissary Point Road
Trescott, ME 04652 USA
phone: 207-733-2233
Facility amenities: The Lodge has a meeting room, a library, laundry facilities, a small kitchenette and is attached to a dining hall. Free Wi-Fi is available. A computer lab is available on campus for participants' use.

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

Additional nights before: 0
Additional nights may be available depending on programming needs. Call for a quote.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Tuesday, May 26 - Search out the rest of the best--birding, that is...
Search out the rest of the best--birding, that is on Campobello Island and the Cobscook Bay region.

Note: Friar's Head, Eagle Hill Bog, Pike's Lands, Hamilton Cove, Boot Head

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot breakfast buffet at Heartwood Lodge dining room. Take in the beautiful light over the bay in the early morning.

Morning: We'll be joined by our guide Woody Gillies to make sure we have not missed any of the offerings of the Bay area. We'll check out Boot Head, Friar's Head, Eagle Hill Bog, Hamilton Cove. If you are looking for a special species and haven't had any luck, maybe you will get lucky today.

Lunch: Pick up your bag lunch from The Commons and enjoy it on your free afternoon.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon birding on your own. You'll find a lot to explore right around the CCLC campus and the nearby bay. You may want to go back to Campobello and enjoy the RCIP grounds and visit the Roosevelt summer cottage and Visitor's Center if you are not able to make time before you leave tomorrow. There are two "Eleanor Roosevelt" teas daily at Hubbard. We'll help you reserve space if you decide to take part in one of those events.

Dinner: Enjoy an authentic Maine lobster dinner at Heartwood Lodge dining room.

Evening: Graduation Festivities

Lodging: Heartwood Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Wednesday, May 27 - Buffet Breakfast at Lodge dining room
Note: Don't leave the bay area without spending some more time on the coastal byways.

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot breakfast buffet at Heartwood Lodge dining room. Eat your fill and linger over that last cup of coffee while bidding farewell to your new birding acquaintances.

Morning: After breakfast we'll depart independently. Have a safe trip home!

Meals Included: Breakfast


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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/

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