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

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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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Itinerary for Aug 23 — Aug 28, 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: Sunday, August 23 - Dinner and Program Orientation
Note: Gather at Heartwood Lodge 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: 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: Monday, August 24 - Explore Shore Birds and Sea Birds on Campobello I...
Note: Carriage Trails, Herring Cove, Liberty Point; Please note that a U.S. Passport is required to enter Canada and visit Campobello Island.

Breakfast: Enjoy a nutritious breakfast at Heartwood Lodge dining room

Morning: Leaving Heartwood Lodge, we'll head for 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.

IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE: A U.S. Passport is required to enter Canada and visit Campobello Island.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch prepared by the Heartwood staff

Afternoon: Head 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 at Heartwood Lodge dining room

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

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: Tuesday, August 25 - Travel to the historic seaside village of Eastpor...
Travel to the historic seaside village of Eastport, Maine for a ride on the schooner Ada 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 Ada 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 Heartwood Lodge for a leisurely dinner

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

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 Four: Wednesday, August 26 - 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 Heartwood Lodge

Morning: Travel from Trescott 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 Heartwood Lodge

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

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: Thursday, August 27 - Head out towards Machias Seal Island for a visit ...
Head out towards Machias Seal Island for a visit with the puffins surrounding the island

Note: Seabirds and shorebirds--so many alcids. porpoise, lighthouses and seals thrown in for good measure.

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

Morning: After breakfast, we'll depart for Cutler where we'll meet with Captain Andy Patterson for a trip to sea in search of the puffins who have left their nests now, but are still frequenting the waters near Machias Seal Island. We'll still be encountering porpoise and seals.

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

Afternoon: You;ll have a chance to explore the Fundy Bay region 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: 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 Six: Friday, August 28 - Buffet Breakfast at Heartwood.
Note: Don't leave Cobscook Bay area without exploring all of the nooks and crannies of the water's edge.

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!

Lodging: Heartwood Lodge

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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