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Maine Seabird Biology and Conservation

Program Number: 18493RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/1/2014 - 6/6/2014; 9/7/2014 - 9/12/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Bremen, Maine
Price starting at: $946.00 - 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: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

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.
 
Iain Stenhouse

Iain Stenhouse is director of the Marine Bird Program for the BioDiversity Research Institute in Gorham, Maine. His life experience includes a stint as director of bird conservation for Audubon Alaska. Recently, Iain’s work has focused on the migration and movements of marine birds at sea. Using satellite transmitters, he tracked Arctic Terns from their breeding grounds in Northeast Greenland to their wintering areas in Antarctica and back again — the longest animal migration ever recorded.
 
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 is on Hog Island from 2-4 p.m. The ferry runs continuously from the dock location during this time. 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 a.m. You will be staying at Maine Audubon Hog Island Camp the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking on mainland side of site. Greeters will be on hand to direct you toward an upper lot after leaving your luggage at the dock. This is not a monitored parking lot, but is in a remote location where we've had no security issues.
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

   

This service will deliver you to nearby Damariscotta, Maine. We will pick you up in Damariscotta if you designate this choice on the Travel Form.

 

Portland

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Along The Coast
phone: 207-319-6476
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for rate
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

60 miles

   

This service will deliver you directly to the Audubon dock in Bremen ME.

 
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 Take Exit 28, then stay in the left lane. After the Dunkin Donuts shop, bear left at the stoplight to continue on Rt. 1 North. • 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 Sullivan 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: Arrival; welcome dinner and orientation; lecture by Dr. Kress on Seabird Conservation: Challenges & Successes
(Sunday, June 1)
   
 Afternoon: Program check-in between 2 and 4 PM. After checking in we'll shuttle you by boat to Hog Island (a 5 min ride), so you can settle into your room, explore the main campus and get ready for an exciting week before dinner.
 Dinner: Gather for dinner in the dining hall
 Evening: After dinner we'll have our welcome and orientation reception followed by a presentation by Dr. Steven Kress, Vice President for Bird Conservation of the National Audubon Society, and Director of the Seabird Restoration Program for over 30 years. Dr. Kress will discuss 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; boat trip to Wreck Island to practice ID skills and explore heron and seabird colonies; presentation on Seabird Migration
(Monday, June 2)
   
 Breakfast: Join us on an early morning bird walk before we gather in the dining hall for breakfast
 Morning: This morning we'll begin in the lab, examining basic seabird biology using study mounts and skins. After, we'll learn how to identify seabirds -- focusing particularly on keys/tips to differentiate among similar species.
 Lunch: Gather in the dining hall for lunch
 Afternoon: This afternoon we'll take a field trip to Wreck Island via boat. As we cruise to the island, put your newly learned ID skills to the test, before stepping 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: This evening we'll enjoy a presentation on Seabird Migration
   
Accommodations: Maine Audubon Hog Island Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Presentation on Seabird Feeding Behaviors; gull censusing; presentation on Seabird Nesting Cycles
(Tuesday, June 3)
   
 Breakfast: Join us on an early morning bird walk before we gather in the dining hall for breakfast
 Morning: This morning we'll begin with a presentation on Seabird Feeding Behaviors before heading out to sea via boat on a field trip.

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.
 Lunch: Today we'll enjoy lunch out in the field
 Afternoon: After lunch we'll continue our conservation service work censusing the gulls before cruising 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: Gull censusing; presentation on Seabird Feeding Behaviors
(Wednesday, June 4)
   
 Breakfast: Join us on an early morning bird walk before we gather in the dining hall for breakfast.
 Morning: After breakfast we'll head back out to sea to conduct more gull censusing.
 Lunch: We'll enjoy another lunch out in the field.
 Afternoon: After lunch we'll continue censusing gulls before boarding the boat to head 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: Gull censusing; farewell dinner
(Thursday, June 5)
   
 Breakfast: Join us on an early morning bird walk before we gather in the dining hall for breakfast.
 Morning: After breakfast, we'll head back out to the sea for our final day of gull censusing.
 Lunch: We'll enjoy lunch out in the field.
 Afternoon: After lunch we'll continue our service work before heading off island early for a break and a relaxing cruise ride back to camp before our farewell dinner.
 Dinner: Celebratory Lobster Dinner
 Evening: After dinner, we'll 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: Breakfast and departure
(Friday, June 6)
   
 Breakfast: We'll gather in the dining room for breakfast.
 Morning: After breakfast we'll 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.

Suggested Reading List


Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America


Author: Roger Tory Peterson


Description: A good field guide is recommended for this trip.



History of Project Puffin


Author: Dr. Steven Kress


Description: This text explains the project that benefits from participant activities. You can find this history on http://projectpuffin.audubon.org/history-project-puffin.





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