16371
Grand Manan Island
Grand Manan Nature Walks: Wildflowers, Butterflies, Lighthouses and Tide Pools
Join local experts to walk and explore Grand Manan Island as you learn about local ecology, the world’s highest tides, historic lighthouses and protected forests, shorelines and bogs.
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Program No. 16371RJ
Length
7 days
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7 days
6 nights
17 meals
6 B 5 L 6 D
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DAY
1
Checfk-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Class
Grand Manan Island, NB
D
Marathon Inn

Dinner: Dinner in main dining room and orientation in Annex Lounge.

Evening: Wondrous Realm of the Intertidal Zone: Preamble to tide pool field trip. Slide /lecture format wirh a specialst in marine biology of the Bay of Fundy region where the tides are 25 feet.

DAY
2
Tide Pools, Whale & Seabird Research Station, Seabirds
Grand Manan Island, NB
B,L,D
Marathon Inn

Breakfast: At inn; hot or cold cereal, fruit, hot entree (cook's choice; changes daily), juice, tea, coffee

Morning: Field trip to tide pools. Walk across the ocean floor with a marine biologist to explore and learn about the hidden world of the inter tidal zone. See and learn about the plentiful fauna such as dulse, sea lettuce. Irish moss and kelp. Search among rocks covered with veils of knotted wrack for nurseries of sea stars, crabs, whelks, periwinkles, larval fish, mussels and baby lobster.

Lunch: Lunch at the inn.

Afternoon: Guided visit to a small whale and seabird research station, plus instructional walk of a working wharf.

Dinner: At inn: set appetizer & dessert (made fresh daily); choice of fresh catch of the day or meat entree daily; must preorder after breakfast each day

Evening: Seabirds and nesting seabird colonies: slide/lecture format with a specialist in marine birds.

DAY
3
Grand Manan Archipelago, Sea Birds of Grand Manan
Grand Manan Island, NB
B,L,D
Marathon Inn

Breakfast: At inn: hot or cold cereal; fruit; hot entree (cook's choice, changes daily); juice; coffee; tea.

Morning: Boat trip through the beautiful Grand Manan archipelago to seek nesting Black Guillemots, Alcids such as Puffins and Razorbills; early migratory seabirds such as gannets. loons, phalaropes and other marine creatures such as dolphins, seals, whales and basking sharks. Sail past fog stations, light houses, salmon farming sites, weirs and working fishing boats.

Lunch: Lunch on board sail boat.

Afternoon: Boat trip continues in the afternoon.

Dinner: At inn: set appetizer & dessert (made fresh daily); choice of fresh catch of the day or meat entree daily, must preorder after breakfast each day.

Evening: Land Birds of Grand Manan: Slide/lecture format with experienced ornithologist and naturalists.

DAY
4
Land Based Birding
Grand Manan Island, NB
B,L,D
Marathon Inn

Breakfast: At inn: hot or cold cereal; fruit; hot entree (cook's choice, changes daily); juice; coffee; tea.

Morning: Land field trip to seek nesting boreal species and wood warblers, nesting ducks and raptors such as peregrine falcons and eagles.

Lunch: At inn

Afternoon: Free time to explore on your own.

Dinner: At inn: set appetizer & dessert (made fresh daily); choice of fresh catch of the day or meat entree daily, must preorder after breakfast each day.

Evening: Night hike for owls.

DAY
5
Botany Field Trip, Botanical Wonders of Grand Manan
Grand Manan Island, NB
B,L,D
Marathon Inn

Breakfast: At inn: hot or cold cereal; fruit; hot entree (cook's choice, changes daily); juice; coffee; tea.

Morning: Botany field trip exploring a salt marsh and acid bog to learn how plants adapt to these harsh environments as well as roadside walk studying wildflowers and ferns.

Lunch: At inn

Afternoon: The afternoon will feature a walk from Red Point, starting with the geological contact of pre-Cambrian rock with Jurassic columnar basalt and ending at the Anchorage Park with a large beach and ponds. We will also have a picnic lunch if the weather permits instead of at the Inn.

Dinner: At inn: set appetizer & dessert (made fresh daily); choice of fresh catch of the day or meat entree daily, must preorder after breakfast each day.

Evening: Botanical Wonders of Grand Manan: Slide/lecture format with local botanist.

DAY
6
Industry and Culture of Grand Manan
Grand Manan Island, NB
B,L,D
Marathon Inn

Breakfast: At inn: hot or cold cereal; fruit; hot entree (cook's choice, changes daily); juice; coffee; tea.

Morning: Field trip to visit and learn about the various aspects of the fishing industry

Lunch: At inn

Afternoon: Free afternoon

Dinner: Choice of lobster or steak dinner

Evening: Graduation & farewell get together

DAY
7
Grand Manan Island, NB
B

Breakfast: Continental breakfast at 6:15 a.m. for those who wish to depart on the 7:30 a.m. ferry; full breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. for remainder

Morning: Check out time is 11:00 a.m.