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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.
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Itinerary for Jun 1 — Jun 6, 2014

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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, June 01 - Arrival; welcome dinner and orientation; lecture ...
Arrival; welcome dinner and orientation; lecture by Dr. Kress on Seabird Conservation: Challenges & Successes

Afternoon: Program check-in between 2 and 4 PM. After checking in we'll shuttle you by boat to Hog Island (a 5 min ride), so you can settle into your room, explore the main campus and get ready for an exciting week before dinner.

Dinner: Gather for dinner in the dining hall

Evening: After dinner we'll have our welcome and orientation reception followed by a presentation by Dr. Steven Kress, Vice President for Bird Conservation of the National Audubon Society, and Director of the Seabird Restoration Program for over 30 years. Dr. Kress will discuss 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, June 02 - Seabird biology and identification; boat trip to ...
Seabird biology and identification; boat trip to Wreck Island to practice ID skills and explore heron and seabird colonies; presentation on Seabird Migration

Breakfast: Join us on an early morning bird walk before we gather in the dining hall for breakfast

Morning: This morning we'll begin in the lab, examining basic seabird biology using study mounts and skins. After, we'll learn how to identify seabirds -- focusing particularly on keys/tips to differentiate among similar species.

Lunch: Gather in the dining hall for lunch

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll take a field trip to Wreck Island via boat. As we cruise to the island, put your newly learned ID skills to the test, before stepping 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: This evening we'll enjoy a presentation on 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, June 03 - Presentation on Seabird Feeding Behaviors; gull c...
Presentation on Seabird Feeding Behaviors; gull censusing; presentation on Seabird Nesting Cycles

Breakfast: Join us on an early morning bird walk before we gather in the dining hall for breakfast

Morning: This morning we'll begin with a presentation on Seabird Feeding Behaviors before heading out to sea via boat on a field trip.

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.

Lunch: Today we'll enjoy lunch out in the field

Afternoon: After lunch we'll continue our conservation service work censusing the gulls before cruising 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, June 04 - Gull censusing; presentation on Seabird Feeding B...
Breakfast: Join us on an early morning bird walk before we gather in the dining hall for breakfast.

Morning: After breakfast we'll head back out to sea to conduct more gull censusing.

Lunch: We'll enjoy another lunch out in the field.

Afternoon: After lunch we'll continue censusing gulls before boarding the boat to head 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, June 05 - Gull censusing; farewell dinner
Breakfast: Join us on an early morning bird walk before we gather in the dining hall for breakfast.

Morning: After breakfast, we'll head back out to the sea for our final day of gull censusing.

Lunch: We'll enjoy lunch out in the field.

Afternoon: After lunch we'll continue our service work before heading off island early for a break and a relaxing cruise ride back to camp before our farewell dinner.

Dinner: Celebratory Lobster Dinner

Evening: After dinner, we'll 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, June 06 - Breakfast and departure
Breakfast: We'll gather in the dining room for breakfast.

Morning: After breakfast we'll take the boat back to the mainland and debark for your journey home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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