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Maine Seabird Biology and Conservation

Program Number: 18493RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/8/2013 - 9/13/2013; 6/1/2014 - 6/6/2014; 9/7/2014 - 9/12/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Bremen, Maine
Price starting at: $948.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Service Learning; Birding Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Aid in the hands-on restoration of Maine seabird populations with pioneering researcher Dr. Stephen Kress and the National Audubon Society's internationally renowned Seabird Restoration Program. You'll live on an island sanctuary during this week-long adventure and participate in a side of bird science and conservation that most can only view on television.




Highlights

• Immerse yourself in knowledge about bird identification, banding, adaptations, migration, ecology and conservation led by distinguished ornithologists.
• Journey by boat to Wreck Island and put your seabird ID skills to use with the heron and seabird colonies. On the return, watch for seals, porpoise and small whales.
• Feel the history at Audubon’s Hog Island Camp, the longest running environmental camp in the United States.



Activity Particulars

Participants should be capable of walks up to two miles over slippery, rugged terrain; must be able to board and disembark small boats.



So you can get the most out of your experience, all of our birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1.




Date Specific Information

6-1-2014

Join us for our spring program where after learning the scientific protocol, we'll conduct gull censusing at some of Maine's wild islands such as Franklin Island, Ross Island, and/or Western Egg Rock.



9-7-2014

Join us for our fall program where we'll learn habitat restoration techniques at Eastern Egg Rock and work to improve tern nesting areas for the upcoming year.



Coordinated by Hog Island Audubon Camp and Project Puffin.




Bremen

Before William Hilton settled the area as part of Bristol, Maine, Abenaki tribes spent summers in the area of modern Bremen hunting shellfish on Keene Neck, leaving behind shell middens as evidence. At the end of Keene Neck in Muscongus Bay is Hog Island, site of a camp operated by the National Audubon Society’s Maine chapter.



Accommodations
Nineteenth-century buildings with modern amenities; rooms with twin beds or dormitory setting.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Steven Kress

Dr. Stephen W. Kress, who holds a Ph.D. in environmental education from Cornell University, directs the Audubon Seabird Restoration Program, where he develops techniques for managing colonial nesting seabirds. Through Project Puffin, he has developed innovative strategies for restoring puffins and other seabirds to islands on the Maine coast and locations worldwide. His interests include habitat management for land birds, including methods for attracting songbirds to properties large and small.
 
Pete Salmansohn

Pete Salmansohn is an education coordinator and lecturer for the Seabird Restoration Program, and narrates Audubon seabird explorations aboard commercial boats. He is co-author of three books: “Project Puffin,” “Giving Back To The Earth,” and most recently “Saving Birds: Heroes Around the World.” In 1998, the Maine Environmental Education Association named Pete as the Environmental Educator of the Year.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Maine Audubon Hog Island Camp
  Bremen, Maine 5 nights
 Maine Audubon Hog Island Camp
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 allowed: No
  Bathroom: all with shared bath.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in begins at 2:00 pm with first boat from mainland. You will be staying at Maine Audubon Hog Island Camp that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Last boat to mainland departs at 9:00 am. You will be staying at Maine Audubon Hog Island Camp the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. standard EH Safety and Health Info
  Parking availability:
free parking on mainland side of site
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Bremen, Maine
  Nearest city or town:  Damariscotta
  From End of Program
  Location: Bremen, Maine
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Portland International Jetport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Mid Coast Limo Service
phone: 800-937-2424
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

call for rate; prices subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 1.5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

60 miles

 

Portland

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Coastal Cabs
phone: 207-380-4182
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for rate
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

60 miles

 
Driving Directions
  the South Approximate driving times • Portland: 1.5 hours • Boston: 3 hours • New York City: 8 hours From the South Cross the Maine state line on I-95 North. The first toll booth on the Maine (ME) Turnpike is at Exit 7 in York. • Leave the ME Turnpike at Exit 52, (Falmouth, Freeport). • Follow the exit road for 3 miles. Toll ~$3 • Follow I-295 North to Freeport / Brunswick To reach Coastal Rte 1 North, leave I-295 N at either Exit 28 OR Exit 31 • Follow Route 1 North through Bath, and Wiscasset to the Newcastle / Damariscotta area. After passing the Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge dealership, watch for signs for Routes 215 / 129 and 130 on the left. • Exit on the RIGHT onto U.S. Business Route 1B in Newcastle • Drive approx. 1.6 miles THROUGH downtown Damariscotta. Do not turn onto 129/130 to Bristol. Keep going until the intersection with Biscay Rd (McDonalds and Yudy’s Tire at intersection). • Turn RIGHT immediately after McDonald’s onto Biscay Rd. • Drive 5 miles. At the STOP sign you are at the junction with Route 32. • Turn LEFT onto Route 32, and travel 1.4 miles to Keene Neck Road. • Turn RIGHT onto Keene Neck Road and drive 1.7 miles to Audubon Road – the unpaved driveway past the line on mailboxes on your left. Total distance from the Damariscotta exit off U.S. 1 is 9.7 miles.
Equipment Requirements: Binoculars
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Seabird Conservation Challenges & Successes
(Sunday, September 8)
   
 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, September 9)
   
 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, September 10)
   
 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
   
Accommodations: Maine Audubon Hog Island Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Service learning and more seabird biology
(Wednesday, September 11)
   
 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, September 12)
   
 Breakfast: gather in the dining room for breakfast
 Morning: head to the sea: final day of service learning: gull censusing or tern habitat improvement
 Morning: early morning bird walk before breakfast
 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, September 13)
   
 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: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

What’s included in this Road Scholar program?



Except for the occasional meal on some programs, Road Scholar programs are all-inclusive. That means there are no extra “options,” no passing the hat for tips and no surprises. From lectures and field trips to gratuities and accommodations – the price you pay up front is the price you pay.

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