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Birding Maine - Migration and Monhegan Island

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Program #21162RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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 & field guide (optional)

Itinerary for Sep 22 — Sep 27, 2013

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Type: Lodge

Description: Participants may stay in one of five different buildings on our campus, with facilities ranging from a two-person shared room and bath to a private cabin by the water. These buildings and on-site dining are reserved exclusively for participants in this program and island staff; the island is a private getaway location for all guests of "Birding Maine." Hog Island is a 330 acre wildlife sanctuary, with the camp buildings located on the northern 30 acres. Hiking trails circumscribe the entire island, following calm beaches and sharper rocky coastline. Another cuts through the spruce-fir forest of the interior island and passes by a diverse peat bog.

Contact info:
11 Audubon Rd
Bremen, ME 04551 USA
phone: 207-529-5828 xext3201
Facility amenities: Bathrooms and showers are shared with other participants on the same floor of the buildings. There is also a larger bathhouse located separate from the buildings for daytime use or extra space if need be. Linens and towels are provided for all guests.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day One: Sunday, September 22 - Welcome and Orientation
Arrive To: Board the privately chartered ferry for a short ride over to Hog Island anytime between 2 and 4 pm.

Dinner: A homemade family-style dinner in the "Bridge" dining room following hors dourves.

Evening: Traditional evening program in the "Fish House" gives a brief overview of Hog Island history and an in-depth look at Project Puffin.

Lodging: Hog Island Audubon Camp

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Participants may stay in one of five different buildings on our campus, with facilities ranging from a two-person shared room and bath to a private cabin by the water. These buildings and on-site dining are reserved exclusively for participants in this program and island staff; the island is a private getaway location for all guests of "Birding Maine." Hog Island is a 330 acre wildlife sanctuary, with the camp buildings located on the northern 30 acres. Hiking trails circumscribe the entire island, following calm beaches and sharper rocky coastline. Another cuts through the spruce-fir forest of the interior island and passes by a diverse peat bog.

Contact info:
11 Audubon Rd
Bremen, ME 04551 USA
phone: 207-529-5828 xext3201
Facility amenities: Bathrooms and showers are shared with other participants on the same floor of the buildings. There is also a larger bathhouse located separate from the buildings for daytime use or extra space if need be. Linens and towels are provided for all guests.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Two: Monday, September 23 - Bay Tour and Birding Skills
Breakfast: Gather in the Bridge for breakfast. Coffee and tea available all day.

Morning: If you choose, get up early to participate in an expert-led bird walk on Hog Island.

If the weather cooperates, we'll head out into the bay to add some seabirds to your list and orient you to birding on the water. Local lore and geography included.

Lunch: Gather in the Bridge for lunch.

Afternoon: Our group of expert instructors will offer a selection of workshops for you to choose from. Participant interests will determine the topics of these workshops.

Dinner: Another fine family-style dinner in the Bridge.

Lodging: Hog Island Audubon Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Lodge

Description: Participants may stay in one of five different buildings on our campus, with facilities ranging from a two-person shared room and bath to a private cabin by the water. These buildings and on-site dining are reserved exclusively for participants in this program and island staff; the island is a private getaway location for all guests of "Birding Maine." Hog Island is a 330 acre wildlife sanctuary, with the camp buildings located on the northern 30 acres. Hiking trails circumscribe the entire island, following calm beaches and sharper rocky coastline. Another cuts through the spruce-fir forest of the interior island and passes by a diverse peat bog.

Contact info:
11 Audubon Rd
Bremen, ME 04551 USA
phone: 207-529-5828 xext3201
Facility amenities: Bathrooms and showers are shared with other participants on the same floor of the buildings. There is also a larger bathhouse located separate from the buildings for daytime use or extra space if need be. Linens and towels are provided for all guests.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Tuesday, September 24 - Mainland Birding - Habitat Diversity
Breakfast: When the bell rings, gather in the Bridge for breakfast.

Morning: The group heads back across the water to the mainland. Today you'll visit numerous bird habitats with your expert leaders in a search for wading birds, song birds, and raptors.

Lunch: Packed picnic lunches along the birding trail.

Afternoon: More habitats, more birds!

Dinner: Back on Hog Island, you'll gather and share dinner served family style in the Bridge.

Evening: An evening program led by our talented staff.

Lodging: Hog Island Audubon Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Bed and Breakfast

Description: The housing on Monhegan Island will be at one of the privately run inns located on the main road, not far from the boat landing.

Contact info:
Main St
Monhegan, ME 04852 USA
phone: unk-now-n
Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after: varies
Campers will depart directly from Monhegan Island on the final day of programming. They can make accommodations privately to stay longer instead of returning immediately to the mainland.


Day Four: Wednesday, September 25 - Welcome to Monhegan Island
Breakfast: Participants' last breakfast on Hog Island.

Morning: After breakfast, you'll board our private charter and head out into the bay. On the way to Monhegan Island, we'll point out any seals, porpoises, and bird species spotted. A game of animal charades is never out of the question!

Lunch: A packed lunch on beautiful Monhegan Island.

Afternoon: Take the time to settle into your room, visit the charming shops, or participate in expert-led nature and birding walks.

Dinner: Gather at one of Monhegan Island's locally owned dining establishments for a sit-down dinner.

Evening: Hike up to the light house and learn how to listen to and interpret night time calls from migrating birds.

Lodging: Monhegan Island Housing

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Bed and Breakfast

Description: The housing on Monhegan Island will be at one of the privately run inns located on the main road, not far from the boat landing.

Contact info:
Main St
Monhegan, ME 04852 USA
phone: unk-now-n
Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after: varies
Campers will depart directly from Monhegan Island on the final day of programming. They can make accommodations privately to stay longer instead of returning immediately to the mainland.


Day Five: Thursday, September 26 - Birding Monhegan
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the inn.

Morning: Various length excursions leave to hike Monhegan Island, taking in the birds and scenery as you go.

Lunch: For those on shorter hikes, gather to picnic lunch at a scenic location on Monhegan Island. Others will dine with their instructor on the trail.

Afternoon: Camper's choice - continue birding excursions with instructors, relax on the porch, or head out by yourself to see the sights and visit the village.

Dinner: Another fine dining experience at one of Monhegan's establishments.

Lodging: Monhegan Island Housing

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 27 - Farewell Breakfast and Departure
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the inn.

Morning: Depart Monhegan Island via our private charter - last chance for birding with our experts!

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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