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.
Program No. 21046RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,399

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
Varies by date
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 value-priced single room. 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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Bob Duschene
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Sandi Duchesne
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Woody Gillies
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Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers
by Donna M. Loring, Sarah Xerar Murphy
While much attention focuses on the southern border of the United States, 3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers turns to the northeast, where Canada and New England share borders, blood, and heritage. The land is disputed in places, in others the US and Canada share responsibility, and Tribal Lands reside as sovereign nations within their borders. The poems, essays, and short stories in 3 Nations Anthology explore the things that divide, the bridges between, and the intense love of this rugged region the people hold in common
A Coastal Companion
by Catherine Schmitt
A Coastal Companion is a journey through the year in the Gulf of Maine and its watershed. C chronicle of changes through the seasons both above and within the sea. It follows the arrival and departure of migrating shorebirds in spring and fall, schools of fish as they move in and out of our region, and the natural cycles of our bays, rivers, marshes, and coastal forests. Part field guide, part almanac, the book also highlights writers, artists, and scientists who have chose the Gulf of Maine as their subject matter. This is a book to keep close at hand, to be read not all at once, but through the seasons, one day at a time, and enjoyed year after year. Catherine Schmitt is a science writer for the Maine Sea Grant College Program. She believe that combining science and art is an effective way to bring science to a wider audience.
Maine Birding Trail
by Bob Duchesne





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