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Birding Campobello Island

Program Number: 21046RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/25/2013 - 8/30/2013; 8/24/2014 - 8/29/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Campobello Island, New Brunswick
Price starting at: $1,045.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Birding; National Parks
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Despite its small size, Campobello Island off the Maine coast is one of the top birding areas in the Northeast. During the spring, experience the Down East Spring Birding Festival, which draws birders and birding experts from across North America to observe the spring migration of more than 200 bird species including Boreal Chickadees, Spruce Grouse and Atlantic Puffins. In late summer, the island again comes alive as tens of thousands of migrating shorebirds and seabirds make the return journey in preparation for fall and winter. Experience one of these special times with fellow birders and expert instructors, all while enjoying the exclusive opportunity to lodge in cottages on the grounds of the Roosevelts’ former summer retreat.




Highlights

• Whether in spring or in summer, check species off your life list and take home memories of your stay on the grounds of the highly exclusive Roosevelt retreat in Roosevelt-Campobello International Park.
• Choose the spring program and attend the Down East Spring Birding Festival to observe the largest Atlantic Puffin colony on the Maine coastline.
• Choose the summer program and explore Head Harbor Passage onboard vessels that sail and motor among flocks of seabirds, whales, porpoises and seals.



Activity Particulars

Walking 1-2 miles on uneven, rocky terrain.



Passports required. The closest airport is in Maine, so our Canada Air Transfer Special Offer is not available. 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

8-25-2013, 8-24-2014

This date requires (dis)embarking from a boat for two open-water transfers. Coincides with fall migration; spot rafts of alcids and sea ducks, as well as rare shore birds like Baird’s Sandpiper and Marbled Godwit with resident guides.



Coordinated by Cobscook Community Learning Center.




Campobello Island

Located on the border between the United States and Canada, this historic island was the beloved summer home of Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt. The international park named after the family features an inspiring array of peaceful, natural areas.



Accommodations
Beautiful Victorian-era cottages on the grounds of Roosevelt Campobello International Park. Rooms are in four houses, all on second floor, accessible by stairs only.
Meals and Lodgings
   Roosevelt Campobello International Park Conference Center
  Campobello Island 5 nights
 Roosevelt Campobello International Park Conference Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: A conference center consisting of several large 'cottages' set in 2800 acres of natural park. The original F.D. Roosevelt summer home and Visitor Centre are the centerpiece. You'll stay right in the Park for easy access to birding. The surrounding Park areas contain forest, bog, salt water coves, tidal marshs,open fields with many species of birds. There are viewing platforms overlooking the sea and board walks through the bogs.
  Contact info: Route 774
Campobello Island, NB Canada Canada
phone: 506-752-2922
web: www.fdr.net
  Room amenities: Bathrooms are generally ensuite.
  Facility amenities: The cottages you will stay in were those of the rich friends of the Franklin Roosevelts. They have been restored to their glory with period wallpaper, plush carpeting, and every room with an ensuite bath. Kitchens with all facilities (friges for medicines, etc.), living rooms with TV, porches, and laundry facilities for your use at each cottage.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior:  Although it is not possible to stay at the Conference Center, you will be sent an accommodations page that will allow you to choose a place to stay in nearby towns.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Additional nights after:  Although it is not possible to stay at the Conference Center, you will be sent an accommodations page that will allow you to choose a place to stay in nearby towns.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
6:00 pm at Prince Cottage at Roosevelt Cottage International Park and Conference Center You will be staying at Roosevelt Campobello International Park Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 AM (EDT) at Roosevelt Cottage International Park You will be staying at Roosevelt Campobello International Park Conference Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Passport is required to cross Canadian border and to return to the United States. If you were not born in the U.S., please check with U.S. customs to see if any additional requirements are necessary.
  Parking availability:
Ample free parking at your cottage in Roosevelt Campobello International Park.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Campobello Island
  Nearest city or town:  Lubec, Maine
  Nearest highway: Route 189 and US Route 1
  Nearest airport:  Bangor, Maine
  From End of Program
  Location: Campobello Island
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

To/from Bangor & Campobello Island

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
CCLC Shuttle
phone: 207-853-4877
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$125
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 100 miles

   

CCLC will be running a shuttle van from Bangor to Campobello Island on Sunday, with a return trip to Bangor on Friday. The shuttle will be timed to make sure that you do not miss any part of the program. It will leave Bangor no later than 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, and will leave Campobello by 11:00 am. on Friday. You will need to contact the program coordinator to arrange for pick up times and locations in Bangor.. Program Coordinator: 207-853-4877.

 

Campobello Island

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
West's Transportation
phone: 800-596-2823

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $25 each way + pick up fee of $20 at Whiting Corner
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3 hours 

 

Distance:

 

110 miles

   

Service runs to/from Bangor once daily, leaving Bangor at 3:15 pm and arriving in Whiting at 6:00 pm. Program coordinator needs to be notified for transport to Campobello Island (207-853-4877)(Fee for pickup and return to Whiting Corner $25 each way). Return to Bangor is scheduled daily at 10:30 am, arriving in Bangor at 1:15 pm. Requires careful coordination with flight arrivals and departures. For more details, visit www.westbusservice.com

 
Driving Directions
  Bangor, Maine From Interstate 95 in Bangor take Exit 182A and follow the signs to Bar Harbor and US Route 1, which will put you onto Interstate 395 for three miles. Get off on Exit 4 and follow directional signs to Route 9 and Calais. Turn right off the exit ramp and follow signs for Route 9. Travel approximately 70 miles and turn right onto Route 192 to Machias. In Machias, turn left onto US Route 1. Travel approximately 17 miles into Whiting, where you will make a right onto Rt. 189. Follow 189 to Lubec where you will cross the FDR Memorial Bridge into Canada. You will pass through customs on the Campobello Island side. Proceed on Highwy #774 about 1.5 miles. Roosevelt Cottage International Park Conference Center will be on the left. Drive past the Visitor Centre and take the next right, down the hill to Prince Cottage where you may park and come into the Cottage for your directions to your cottage.
  Calais, Maine Travel south on US Route 1. Travel through the towns of Perry, Pembroke, into Whiting. In Whiting, turn left on Rt. 189. Turn left onto Rt 189 and follow it into Lubec where you will cross the FDR Memorial Bridge into Canada. You will pass through Canadian customs on the Campobello Island side. Proceed on Highway #774 about 1.5 miles. Roosevelt Cottage International Park Conference Center will be on the left. Drive past the Visitor Centre and take the next right, down the hill to Prince Cottage where you may park and come into the Cottage for your directions to your cottage.
  From South Via US Route 1 Travel north on US Route 1. Travel through the towns of Ellsworth, Machias, into Whiting Village where you will make a right onto Route 189. Follow 189 into Lubec. Cross over the Intenational Bridge onto Campobello Island. You will see the entrance to the Park on your left after about 1.5 miles. Drive past the Visitor Centre and take the next right, down the hill to Prince Cottage where you may park and come into the Cottage for your directions to your cottage.
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: Dinner and Program Orientation
(Sunday, August 25)

Note: Gather at Prince Cottage for dinner and orientation, meeting your Road Scholar guide and program coordinator



   
 Afternoon: Arrive at Prince Cottage to pick up registration packet and housing assignment. Settle in, enjoy the comforts of these magnificent cottages. Drive about the island and get a feel for the community and do a little self-guided birding.
 Dinner: Gather at Prince Cottage for Dinner and orientation.
 Evening: Resident guide and co-coordinator Chris Bartlett will lead a discussion about program expectations.
   
Accommodations: Roosevelt Campobello International Park Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Explore Shore Birds and Sea Birds on Campobello Island
(Monday, August 26)

Note: Carriage Trails, Herring Cove, Liberty Point



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a nutritious breakfast at Prince Cottage
 Morning: Leaving Prince Cottage, we'll explore Campobello Island, covering the carriage trails, Liberty Point, Herring Cove, the Upper and Lower Duck Ponds. Campobello lies on the Atlantic flyway and it is a convenient stopover point for thousands of shore birds and other migrants. The Park's 1,134 hectares of bird habitat include marine shoreline, salt and fresh marsh, sphagnum bogs, coniferous, deciduous and mixed forest, forest edges, thickets, bushy and open fields, cliffs, banks, and ponds.
 Lunch: Return to Prince cottage for lunch prepared by the staff at RCIP.
 Afternoon: Leave for South Lubec Sand Bar which is a staging area for tens-of-thousands of shorebirds that are migrating from their northern breeding grounds to southern wintering areas. Semi-palmated sandpipers and semi-palmated plovers are the most abundant bird species feeding on the inter tidal flats. Other, less common and more sought after mall shorebirds include Baird's sandpiper, white-rumped sandpiper, and buff-breasted sandpiper, to name a few. Black-bellied plovers are seen throughout. Small groups of red knot, short-billed dowitcher, ruddy turnstone, sanderling, dunlin, pectoral sandpiper, Hudsonian godwit, and marbled godwit are seen annually as well.
 Dinner: Dinner a waterfront restaurant in Lubec.
 Evening: Discussion of day's birding finds and slide-show of tomorrow's birding expectations.
   
Accommodations: Roosevelt Campobello International Park Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Travel to the historic seaside village of Eastport, Maine for a ride on the schooner Ida C. Lore, leaving off the picturesque Eastport breakwater. We'll slip through many of the Canadian Maritime Islands in Head Harbor Passage.
(Tuesday, August 27)

Note: Seabirds and shorebirds beyond your wildest expectations with a few whales, porpoise, lighthouses and seals thrown in for good measure. You'll see birds that you would not expect to be so close to shore.



   
 Breakfast: Nutritious breakfast at Prince Cottage
 Morning: We'll travel to the historic seaside village of Eastport, Maine for a bird watching excursion aboard the 92' schooner, the Ida C. Lore, which leaves off the Eastport breakwater. Head harbor Passage, located between Campobello Island and Deer Island, New Brunswick, is listed as an "Important Bird Area (IBA) in Canada. Thousands of Bonaparte's gulls flock to the region in August to fatten up on the abundant fish, krill, and copepods that are brought to the surface by 18' tides. Other less common gull species can be found among the "bonies: such as little gull, black-headed gull, Sabine's gull, and Franklin's gull. Great, Sooty, and Manx shearwaters are also regulars near shore, and razorbills, common murre, and black guillemot are common in small numbers. Both parasitic and pomarine jagers are seen annually. We should also encounter minke and finback whales, as well as harbor porpoise, and seals.
 Lunch: Picnic aboard the schooner.
 Afternoon: After coming ashore, we'll enjoy a couple of hours in Eastport catching some of the local scene.
 Dinner: We'll return to Campobello Island for a leisurely dinner at Prince Cottage.
 Evening: Discussion of day's birding finds and slide-show of tomorrow's birding expectations.
   
Accommodations: Roosevelt Campobello International Park Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: West Quoddy Head State Park, easternmost point of land in the continental United States. South Lubec Sand Bar for another cycle of the tide.
(Wednesday, August 28)

Note: Shorebirds and Seabirds of West Quoddy Head, plus another tidal exchange on the South Lubec Sand Bar



   
 Breakfast: Get up with the sun and enjoy a healthy breakfast at Prince Cottage
 Morning: Travel from the RCIP to West Quoddy Head State Park, the easternmost point of land in the continental United States. You'll see one of our more spectacular lighthouses and then on to the trails. A variety of habitats exist in the park. The Green Point path passes through low dense balsam fir and red spruce forest as it meanders along the shore with cliffs plunging to the water. The Peat Bog Trail includes a boardwalk over a seven-acre boreal peat bog that is surrounded by black spruce. Many neo-tropical migrant birds may be seen along the coastal and inland trails and the bog walk. Permanent residents include spruce grouse, gray jays, common ravens boreal chickadees and white-winger and red crossbills.
 Lunch: We'll enjoy a picnic lunch at the park.
 Afternoon: We'll return to the South Lubec Sand Bar for another tidal exchange You'll remember the Sand Bar from Tuesday, as a staging area for tens-of-thousands of shorebirds that are migrating from their northern breeding grounds to southern wintering areas. Each turn of the tide brings new species. Expect something new and different today!
 Dinner: Enjoy a leisurely dinner at Prince Cottage.
 Evening: Discussion of day's birding finds and slide-show of tomorrow's birding expectations. Live entertainment to follow discussion.
   
Accommodations: Roosevelt Campobello International Park Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Explore Head Harbor Passage from Campobello Island
(Thursday, August 29)

Note: Seabirds and shorebirds--again beyond your wildest expectations with a few whales, porpoise, lighthouses and seals thrown in for good measure.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hot breakfast buffet at Prince cottage. Take in the beautiful light over the bay in the early morning.
 Morning: After breakfast, we'll depart Roosevelt Park for Head Harbor where we'll board "Mister Matthew" a traditional Bay of Fundy fishing vessel called a Cape Islander, captained by Mac Greene. We'll find many of the shorebirds and seabirds that we encountered on Tuesday, we'll just be coming at them from a different direction and exploring the outside of Campobello Island as well. Expect a return of the thousands of birds encountered earlier, plus a few other treats. We'll still be encountering whales, porpoise and seals.
 Lunch: Upon returning to shore, you'll be able to explore Campobello Island and Lubec on your own. Don't worry--we'll give you some pointers!
 Afternoon: You;ll have a chance to explore Campobello Island on your own this afternoon. You may even want to return to the Lubec Sand Bar for another turn of the tide. If you aren't going to be around on Friday, you will definitely want to take the time to see FDR;s summer cottage and visit the Visitor's Center for a peek into the Roosevelt past. There are two "Eleanor Roosevelt" teas each day. We'll help you get tickets if you want to join in the fun.
 Dinner: Enjoy an authentic Maine lobster dinner at Prince Cottage at RCIP.
 Evening: Graduation Festivities
   
Accommodations: Roosevelt Campobello International Park Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Buffet Breakfast at Prince Cottage and visit the Roosevelt Cottage and Visitor's Center.
(Friday, August 30)

Note: Don't leave the island without allowing time to visit RCIP grounds



   
 Breakfast: Scrumptious breakfast buffet at Prince Cottage. Eat your fill and Linger over that last cup of coffee while bidding farewell to your new birding acquaintances.
 Morning: Enjoy catching all of the Roosevelt Cottage and Visitor Center before you leave the Island. You will marvel at the gardens of RCIP and enjoy the expert staff at both the Cottage and the Center. Have a safe trip home!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Campobello Island Cobscook Community Learning Center
If you would like to receive general information on the Down East area, send your name and full mailing address to info@cobscookbay.com or write to: COBSCOOK BAY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PO BOX 42, WHITING, MAINE 04691 Visit FD Roosevelt summer cottage and Visitor Center on Campobello. In Lubec visit West Quoddy Head Light and Museum and Monica's Chocolates. Many opportunites for hiking the bold coast. For additional information, visit www.cobscookbay.com/
  Down East Spring Birding Festival
A good source of information on the Spring Birding Festival, variety of birds, variety of habitats and more. For additional information, visit www.downeastbirdfest.org/
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.

Suggested Reading List


Maine's Favorite Birds


Author: Jeffrey Wells and Allison Childs Wells


Maine Birding Trail


Author: Bob Duchesne




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