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BREMEN, MAINE


Maine Seabird Biology and Conservation

Program #: 18493RJ
Service Learning; Birding

Prices for this date starting at: $863 per person

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5 nights
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6/3/2012



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Audubon's Hog Island Camp in Muscongus Bay - Laura Sebastianelli

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Itinerary for 6/3/2012 - 6/8/2012:


Day 1: Seabird Conservation Challenges & Successes

(Sunday, June 3)



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.



Accommodations:

 

Maine Audubon Hog Island Camp


Meals Included:

 

Dinner




Day 2: Seabird Biology and Identification

(Monday, June 4)



Breakfast:

 

gather in the dining hall for 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.



Morning:

 

early morning bird walk before breakfast



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



Accommodations:

 

Maine Audubon Hog Island Camp


Meals Included:

 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner




Day 3: Service learning and more seabird biology

(Tuesday, June 5)



Breakfast:

 

gather for breakfast in the dining hall



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.



Morning:

 

Presentation: Seabird Feeding Behaviors



Morning:

 

early morning birdwalk before breakfast



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



Accommodations:

 

Maine Audubon Hog Island Camp


Meals Included:

 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner




Day 4: Service learning and more seabird biology

(Wednesday, June 6)



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



Accommodations:

 

Maine Audubon Hog Island Camp


Meals Included:

 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner




Day 5: Service learning by day and evening celebration

(Thursday, June 7)



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.



Accommodations:

 

Maine Audubon Hog Island Camp


Meals Included:

 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner




Day 6: farewell breakfast and departure

(Friday, June 8)



Breakfast:

 

gather in the dining room for breakfast



Morning:

 

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



Morning:

 

complete evaluations



Meals Included:

 

Breakfast



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Maine Seabird Biology and Conservation


You won't find a better value. Included at no additional cost on this date...

  • 5 nights accommodations
  • 14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Censusing gull and eider eggs and chicks on Maine seabird nesting islands that are closed to the general public.
  • Working side-by-side with renowned ornithologists and birding authors during daily field trips by boat and along the Maine coast.
  • Relaxing on a 330-acre island sanctuary at the longest-running environmental camp in the United States.
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