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BREMEN, MAINE

Maine Seabird Biology and Conservation

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Program #18493RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
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Binoculars

Itinerary for Sep 8 — Sep 13, 2013

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Type: Lodge

Description: Accessible only by boat, Hog Island is a 330-acre island in midcoast Maine's beautiful Muscongus Bay.

Contact info:
11 Audubon Road
Bremen, ME 04551 USA
phone: 207-529-5148 x2077812330
web: projectpuffin.org/OrnithCamps.html

Facility amenities: Rustic 19th-century buildings with modern amenities.

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

Bathroom: all with shared bath.


Day One: Sunday, September 08 - Seabird Conservation Challenges & Successes
Afternoon: Program check-in followed by boat to the island. Settle into your room, explore the main campus and gather for a welcome & orientation reception, followed by a cruise of Muscongous Bay in search of local seabirds, and bald eagles and osprey.

Dinner: Gather for dinner in the dining hall

Evening: Presentation: Dr. Steven Kress, Vice President for Bird Conservation of the National Audubon Society, and Director of the Seabird Restoration Program for over 30 years will share conservation challenges and successes worldwide and provide a history of seabird restoration in Maine.

Lodging: Maine Audubon Hog Island Camp

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Accessible only by boat, Hog Island is a 330-acre island in midcoast Maine's beautiful Muscongus Bay.

Contact info:
11 Audubon Road
Bremen, ME 04551 USA
phone: 207-529-5148 x2077812330
web: projectpuffin.org/OrnithCamps.html

Facility amenities: Rustic 19th-century buildings with modern amenities.

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

Bathroom: all with shared bath.


Day Two: Monday, September 09 - Seabird Biology and Identification
Breakfast: gather in the dining hall for breakfast

Morning: early morning bird walk before breakfast

Morning: In the lab: learn basic seabird biology using study mounts and skins. Then learn how to identify seabirds -- particularly learning keys/tips to differentiate among similar species.

Lunch: gather in the dining hall for lunch

Afternoon: Field trip to Wreck Island via boat: put your newly learned ID skills to the test as we cruise to Wreck Island. Then step ashore for this special opportunity for an upclose and personal experience with the heron and seabird colonies here. On our way back, practice your seabird ID skills again while keeping watch for seals, porpoise and small whales as well.

Dinner: gather in the dining hall for dinner

Evening: Presentation: Seabird Migration

Lodging: Maine Audubon Hog Island Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Accessible only by boat, Hog Island is a 330-acre island in midcoast Maine's beautiful Muscongus Bay.

Contact info:
11 Audubon Road
Bremen, ME 04551 USA
phone: 207-529-5148 x2077812330
web: projectpuffin.org/OrnithCamps.html

Facility amenities: Rustic 19th-century buildings with modern amenities.

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

Bathroom: all with shared bath.


Day Three: Tuesday, September 10 - Service learning and more seabird biology
Breakfast: gather for breakfast in the dining hall

Morning: Presentation: Seabird Feeding Behaviors

Morning: early morning birdwalk before breakfast

Morning: Head out to sea via boat: in Spring, after learning the scientific protocol, conduct gull censusing at some of Maine's wild islands such as Franklin Island, Ross Island, and/or Western Egg Rock; or in Fall, learn habitat restoration techniques at Eastern Egg Rock and work to improve tern nesting ares for the following year.

Lunch: lunch in the field

Afternoon: continuation of conservation service work: gull censusing or tern habitat improvement. then cruise back to camp via boat.

Dinner: gather together for dinner in the dining room

Evening: Presentation: Seabird Nesting Cycles

Lodging: Maine Audubon Hog Island Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Accessible only by boat, Hog Island is a 330-acre island in midcoast Maine's beautiful Muscongus Bay.

Contact info:
11 Audubon Road
Bremen, ME 04551 USA
phone: 207-529-5148 x2077812330
web: projectpuffin.org/OrnithCamps.html

Facility amenities: Rustic 19th-century buildings with modern amenities.

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

Bathroom: all with shared bath.


Day Four: Wednesday, September 11 - Service learning and more seabird biology
Breakfast: gather in the dining room for breakfast

Morning: early morning bird walk before breakfast

Morning: head out to sea again for more service learning: gull censusing or habitat improvement

Lunch: lunch in the field

Afternoon: continuation of service learning and then relax on the cruise back to camp

Dinner: gather in the dining room for dinner

Evening: Presentation: Seabird Feeding Behaviors

Lodging: Maine Audubon Hog Island Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Accessible only by boat, Hog Island is a 330-acre island in midcoast Maine's beautiful Muscongus Bay.

Contact info:
11 Audubon Road
Bremen, ME 04551 USA
phone: 207-529-5148 x2077812330
web: projectpuffin.org/OrnithCamps.html

Facility amenities: Rustic 19th-century buildings with modern amenities.

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

Bathroom: all with shared bath.


Day Five: Thursday, September 12 - Service learning by day and evening celebration
Breakfast: gather in the dining room for breakfast

Morning: early morning bird walk before breakfast

Morning: head to the sea: final day of service learning: gull censusing or tern habitat improvement

Lunch: lunch in the field

Afternoon: continuation of service work and then head off island early for a break before our farewell dinner -- a relaxing cruise back to the camp as well also.

Dinner: Celebratory Lobster Dinner

Evening: View a celebratory slideshow of moments during our week and then share favorite moments among the group.

Lodging: Maine Audubon Hog Island Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 13 - farewell breakfast and departure
Breakfast: gather in the dining room for breakfast

Morning: complete evaluations

Morning: take the boat back to the mainland and debark for your journey home

Meals Included: Breakfast

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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14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners

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