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Birding Acadia National Park

Program Number: 17906RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/18/2014 - 5/23/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Acadia National Park, Maine
Price starting at: $999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Birding; National Parks Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt    

Acadia National Park preserves more than 50 square miles of diverse habitats, including mountains, shoreline, woods, lakes and the highest peak on the Atlantic seaboard. With extremely knowledgeable birding experts, search for the 320 species of pelagic, shore and boreal birds that call Down-East Maine’s environs home. Loons, terns, puffins, eagles, murres, bay ducks and razorbills are all plentiful. Learn why Mount Desert Island is known as the “warbler capital.”




Highlights

• Board a privately chartered ocean-going vessel for a thrilling quest for puffins and other seabirds.
• Journey to the secluded and serene “quiet side” of Mount Desert Island to examine forest habitats and seek a multitude migrating shorebirds.
• Search for a variety of species, including peregrine falcons, and explore Valley Cove on the shore of Somes Sound, the continental United States' only fjord.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles over varied, rugged terrain.



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

5-18-2014

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Acadia National Park

The first U.S. National Park east of the Mississippi River encompasses 47,000 acres of lakes, mountains and shoreline on Mount Desert Island and other small islands in the Atlantic. Some 40 different species of mammals live in the park. Acadia includes Cadillac Mountain, which in certain seasons is the first spot in the country to see sunrise.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel in downtown Bar Harbor.
Meals and Lodgings
   Bar Harbor Quality Inn
  Bar Harbor, Maine 5 nights
 Bar Harbor Quality Inn
Type: Motel
  Description: The Quality Inn offers a convenient downtown location near the center of Bar Harbor. Fine restaurants, shops and waterfront activities are only a short walk away from this AAA-approved lodging facility. Also nearby is the Shore Path, a picturesque walking route that is flanked by old mansions and lawns and affords expansive views eastward across Frenchman Bay.
  Contact info: 40 Kebo Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 USA
phone: 207-288-5403
web: www.barharborqualityinn.com
  Room amenities: Each room has two beds, cable TV, free wireless Internet, free local calls, hair dryer, air conditioning, in-room coffee maker, refrigerator and iron/ironing board
  Facility amenities: The Bar Harbor Quality Inn has been recognized by Quality Inns International as having the 9th best housekeeping performance of all Quality Inns worldwide.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Call Quality Inn for pricing. Call motel for information about additional nights.
  Check in time: 2:30 PM
  Additional nights after: Call Quality Inn for pricing. Call motel for information about additional nights.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:30 p.m. Sunday You will be staying at Bar Harbor Quality Inn that night.
  End of Program:
1:00 p.m. Friday You will be staying at Bar Harbor Quality Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Assumption Of Risk Form
  Parking availability:
Free parking is provided at the Quality Inn.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Bar Harbor, Maine
  Nearest city or town:  Bar Harbor
  Nearest highway: Maine Route 3
  Nearest airport:  Hancock County Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Bar Harbor, Maine
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Bangor

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Bar Harbor-Bangor Shuttle
phone: 207-479-5911
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

35.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour, 15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

50 miles

   

The Bar Harbor-Bangor Shuttle has several departures daily to and from the Bangor Airport.

 

Bar Harbor

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
MDI Taxi
phone: 207-288-3333
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

30.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

12 miles

   

Taxi service is available to and from the Bar Harbor Airport.

 
Driving Directions
  From Bangor: From Bangor, take Route 1A to Ellsworth, and then Route 3 to Bar Harbor.
  From south: You may take I-95 to Bangor, then Route 1A to Ellsworth, and then Route 3 to Bar Harbor; or you can take scenic Route 1 all the way up the Maine coast.
  From the South You may take 1-95 to Bangor, then 1A to Ellsworth and then Route 3 to Bar Harbor; or you can take scenic Route 1 all the way up the Maine coast.
Equipment Requirements: Participants should bring binoculars with them. All other equipment will be provided by Coastal Kayaking Tours/Acadia Bike, the sponsoring organization.
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: Check In and Intro discussion with Michael Good
(Sunday, May 18)
   
 Afternoon: We'll check into the Quality Inn between 2:30 and 3:30, having an introductory session to get to know each other. Then we’ll take our first outing of the week, walking with Michael along the famed shore path of Bar Harbor. We’ll do some birding as we go, but this is also an introduction to Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor, Frenchman Bay and the entire region where we’ll be spending the next few days. We’ll look for coastal birds like Common Loon, Black Guillemot, Bald Eagle and Common Eider. This classic trail along the “rocky coast” of Maine allows for study of the intertidal zone pools and the flora and fauna. Find out how Balance Rock and The Porcupines Islands got their names.
 Dinner: We’ll dine at a local restaurant in downtown Bar Harbor. Each evening there will be a designated entrée, and a light alternative will be available.
   
Accommodations: Bar Harbor Quality Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Field trip to a bio-rich bird area.
(Monday, May 19)
   
 Breakfast: A continental breakfast will be served at the motel.
 Morning: We'll take a field trip to the ruins of Oldfarm, which was the home of George B. Dorr, who is considered the father of Acadia National Park. Here we’ll learn how Mr. Dorr and Charles Eliot cultivated the idea of preserving the island’s beauty for generations to come. This forest contains many old growth trees and is home to Warblers including Pine, Blackburnian, Black and White and Parula. Then we’ll explore the eastern and southern sides of Mount Desert Island, dominated by Acadia National Park. Michael will lead the field trip and focus on migration traps along the eastern coastal and inland hotspots. There will be numerous opportunities to see many of the 20 species of Wood Warblers, Flycatchers, coastal birds and Bald Eagles. We will visit the famous Asticou gardens and many stream and wetland habitats.
 Lunch: We'll enjoy a picnic lunch "in the field."
 Afternoon: We'll continue our birding in a species-rich area of the island.
 Dinner: We’ll again dine at a downtown Bar Harbor restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Bar Harbor Quality Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Field trip focusing on bird migration patterns in Maine
(Tuesday, May 20)
   
 Breakfast: A continental breakfast will be served at the motel.
 Morning: We’ll board an excursion boat for a puffin-watching expedition, headed towards Petit Manan Island. Once there we will have excellent views of Atlantic Puffin, Razorbills, Common Murre, Laughing and Greater Black-backed Gulls. There are healthy populations of Common and Arctic and a few Roseate Terns. Islands are hunting grounds for Peregrine Falcons and Bald Eagles as well. (For your comfort, DRESS FOR WINTER)
 Lunch: We'll enjoy our picnic sandwiches "in the field" during our bird-watching expedition.
 Afternoon: Michael will conduct the first session on Gulf of Maine Ornithology. There will be discussion and a general description of boreal/temperate ecosystems; flora and fauna of Mount Desert Island; and an overview of birds of terrestrial, marine and pelagic ecosystems of “Down East” Maine. Then we'll spend some time in a few locations around Bar Harbor known for good birds and habitat. Depending on the weather we will go to Sieur de Mont Springs or the carriage roads near Paradise Hill and Witch Hole.
 Dinner: We’ll again dine at a downtown Bar Harbor restaurant.
 Evening: We’ll drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the eastern seaboard of North America, noted for its stunning 360-degree views. As the day comes to an end, Michael will lead a walk to a special place for the sunset and continue the discussion about Mount Desert Island glacial geology, seek out some of the unique semi-alpine plants while searching for Brown Thrashers, Eastern Towhee, White-throated Sparrows, Common Yellowthroat. We’ll explore in an intimate way the place that often receives the first rays of the sun in the United States.
   
Accommodations: Bar Harbor Quality Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Birding time in the morning, free time in the afternoon
(Wednesday, May 21)
   
 Breakfast: A continental breakfast will be served at the motel.
 Morning: For those who wish to rise early, Michael will lead an early (6 a.m.) bird walk to Schooner Head. This walk will take us to a coastal cave where there might be Cliff Swallows nesting. We're looking for coastal birds like Black Guillemots as well as forest species like Warblers, Hermit Thrushes, Woodpeckers and Ruffed Grouse. This easy walk is a great way to start the day. After a break, we'll visit Valley Cove, located on the shores of Somes Sound, the only fjord in the continental United States. Michael will lead us to the home of a nesting Peregrine Falcon through an emerging old-growth red spruce forest; these woods are home to such species as Blackburnians, Magnolias, Black and White Warblers, Black-throated Warblers and Parula Warblers. This is excellent haabitat for Swainson's and Hermit's Thrushes, Winter Wrens and Blue-headed Vireos.
 Lunch: We'll have a picnic lunch at Albert Meadow on the shores of Frenchman Bay.
 Afternoon: This afternoon and evening is free to explore Mount Desert Island on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner tonight is on your own at one of Bar Harbor's fine restaurants.
   
Accommodations: Bar Harbor Quality Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Birding expedition to western side of Mount Desert Island
(Thursday, May 22)
   
 Breakfast: A continental breakfast will be served at the motel.
 Morning: We'll head to the western side of Mount Desert Island for our birding expedition today -- often called "the quiet side" or "the back side" of the island. Michael will lead us on a journey through some of the most vital areas of that region, looking for difficult-to-find species like White-winged Crossbills, Pine Siskins, Bay-breasted Warblers and Nelson's Sharpe-tailed Sparrows. We'll also be on the lookout for migrating sandpipers and other shorebirds, Yellow-bellied Flycatchers and many others. The western mountains are a "wilderness" region on MDI, with many places seldom visited by humans. This old-growth forest is an excellent place to study multiple forest habitats including bogs, fens and cedar swamps. These old-growth forests provide an opportunity to study a diversity of habitat and birds. We'll walk on roads and trails at an easy pace.
 Lunch: We'll picnic among the scenic splendor of Mount Desert Island's west side.
 Afternoon: We'll continue our quest for many different bird species on the "quiet side" of the island.
 Dinner: Tonight we'll enjoy an old-fashioned Down East shore feast, featuring the state’s most well-known crustacean, the cold-water lobster.
   
Accommodations: Bar Harbor Quality Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Morning birding, then farewell picnic
(Friday, May 23)
   
 Breakfast: A continental breakfast will be served at the motel.
 Morning: Michael will lead us on a trip to Hadley Point and a few stops on the northern side of MDI. Hadley Point is the northernmost point on MDI and the confluence of two major fresh watersheds, with sea water making them some of the most bio-productive around MDI. There are many small and isolated places that can produce Canada Warbler and a myriad of other Neotropical migrants, Bald Eagle, Rufous-sided Hummingbirds, Alder Flycatchers and the possibility of Barred Owls, Bald Eagles and other raptors. . If time allows, we’ll make it to the fields of the Old Stone Barn, where we’ll seek out Bobolinks and Savannah Sparrows, Bluebirds and Swallows.
 Lunch: We'll bring our Road Scholar week to an end with a picnic lunch at Albert Meadow, a small seaside park in Bar Harbor.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Bar Harbor, ME Acadia National Park
An excellent resource for all information about the park. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/acad/home.htm
  Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce
93 Cottage Street P.O Box 158 Bar Harbor, Maine 04609 (207)-288-5103 For additional information, visit www.barharborinfo.com/
  Maine Office Of Tourism
Maine Office of Tourism #59 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0059 You may request a free full-color guidebook with 260 pages of Maine vacation opportunities through the web site. For Maine travel information, please call 1-888-624-6345. For additional information, visit www.visitmaine.com/home.php
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


The Sibley Field Guide To Birds Of Eastern North America


Author: David Allen Sibley


Discover Acadia National Park: AMCs Guide To The Best Hiking, Biking and Paddling


Author: Jerry and Marcy Monkman


Field Guide To Acadia National Park, Maine


Author: Russell Butcher


Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park: An Informal History


Author: Sargent Collier




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