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

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6 Days | 5 Nights
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. 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.


These instructors are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
Please note that changes may occur.

Capt. Andy Patterson

Captain Andy Patterson has extensive knowledge of the coastal Maine and Bay of Fundy marine environment, and of its seabirds and marine mammal inhabitants. He has operated Bold Coast Charter Company for the past 23 years, leading visitors on bird watching and sightseeing excursions through Cutler Harbor. Captain Patterson also volunteers time and resources each season to assist with area seabird restoration and research.

Sandi Duchesne

Sandi Duchesne likes nothing better than an adventure in the Maine woods – even during the height of black fly season. A civil engineer in Washington County, Sandi served for nearly 20 years as a board member and officer of the Penobscot Valley Chapter of Maine Audubon, and currently serves as president of the Greater Pushaw Lake Association. Along with her husband, Bob, she has planned and led numerous field trips for birders, photographers, and nature lovers in the U.S. and Canada.

Capt. Butch Harris

Capt. Butch Harris knows the waters of Eastport, Maine. During the past 18 summers he has been the captain of Quoddy Dam fishing trips and leads whale-watching excursions in the area. The rest of the year Butch spends in the fishing and aquaculture industries. Butch is an expert navigator, as well as being extremely well-versed in the creatures that live in and around the ocean.

Group Leaders

Group Leaders make sure your program runs smoothly and are attuned to the needs of Road Scholar participants. These Group Leaders are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
Please note that changes may occur.

Bob Duschene

As a child, Bob Duschene was fascinated by birds — this interest grew to passion, and today Bob is president of the Penobscot Valley Chapter of Maine Audubon. He spearheaded creation of the Maine Birding Trail, which launched in 2009, and wrote the trail’s birding guidebook. With his wife, Sandi, Bob leads birding excursions from Atlantic Canada to the Florida Everglades. When not birding, Bob is a member of the Maine House of Representatives, where he serves on the Natural Resources Committee.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
12 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances


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