21046
Maine

Chickadees, Grouse, Puffins and More: A Birder’s Dream in Down East Maine

Cobscook Bay is a haven for birds and birders alike. Come find out why as you join expert birders in spotting puffins, spruce grouse, cormorants and many more.
Rating (4.91)
Program No. 21046RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,429

At a Glance

Despite its small size, Cobscook Bay 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 bays 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.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Walking 1-2 miles on uneven, rocky terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Whether in spring or in summer, check species off your life list as you encounter thousands of birds with experts familiar with local species and habitats.
  • 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. You will also visit with the puffins at sea in this program.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs). Passports required for field trip to Campobello Island, which is located in New Brunswick, Canada. All Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. We adhere to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html
Featured Expert
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Andy Patterson
Captain Andy Patterson has extensive knowledge of the coastal Maine and Bay of Fundy marine environment, and of its seabirds and marine mammal inhabitants. He has operated Bold Coast Charter Company for the past 23 years, leading visitors on bird watching and sightseeing excursions through Cutler Harbor. Captain Patterson also volunteers time and resources each season to assist with area seabird restoration and research.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Butch Harris
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Andy Patterson
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