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Grand Manan Island
Fundy Spring and Fall Migrations: Birding on Grand Manan Island
Grand Manan Island’s wealth of birds and idyllic sites has inspired naturalists for centuries. Come see why as you join local experts on your own “grand” birding adventure.
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Program No. 5377RJ
Length
7 days
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7 days
6 nights
17 meals
6 B 5 L 6 D
Getting There
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Class
Grand Manan Island, NB
D
Marathon Inn

Dinner: In main dining room and orientation in Annex Lounge

Evening: Birding introduction

DAY
2
Birding Field Trip, Fisherman's Wharf
Grand Manan Island, NB
B,L,D
Marathon Inn

Breakfast: Optional 6am coffee at the Inn and birding walk before breakfast. Hot or cold cereal, fruit, hot entree (cook's choice; changes daily) juice, coffee, tea

Morning: Birding Field Trip

Lunch: At the Inn

Afternoon: Guided walk of Fisherman's Wharf: an expert led tour of a working facility with insight into the day to day activities of the local fishing industry.

Dinner: At the Inn, set appetizer & dessert (made fresh daily); choice of fresh catch of the day or meat entree daily, pre order after breakfast each day

Evening: Birding: slide/lecture format

DAY
3
Birding Field Trip by Boat, Seabirds & Marine Mammals
Grand Manan Island, NB
B,L,D
Marathon Inn

Breakfast: Optional 6am coffee at the Inn and birding walk before breakfast. 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.

Lunch: On board vessel

Afternoon: Continuation of boat trip

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

Evening: Seabirds & Marine Mammals: lecture/slide format

DAY
4
White Head Island Birding
Grand Manan Island, NB
B,L,D
Marathon Inn

Breakfast: Optional 6am coffee at the Inn and birding walk before breakfast. Hot or cold cereal, fruit, hot entree (cook's choice; changes daily) juice, coffee, tea.

Morning: Bus and barge ferry to White Head Island for field trip with rich birding opportunities in varied terrain of quarzite cliffs, bogs, sand beaches. Experience the quaintness of a truly remote island community.

Lunch: Bag lunch provided

Afternoon: Continuation of birding field trip to White Head Island

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

Evening: Free evening after dinner

DAY
5
Anchorage Bird Sanctuary, Grand Manan Museum
Grand Manan Island, NB
B,L,D
Marathon Inn

Breakfast: Optional 6am coffee at the Inn and birding walk before breakfast. Hot or cold cereal, fruit, hot entree (cook's choice; changes daily) juice, coffee, tea.

Morning: A land based field trip to Anchorage Beach and the Long Pond Migratory Bird Sanctuary which offers great birding opportunities to view ducks and shorebirds during the Spring Migration.

Lunch: At the Inn

Afternoon: Guided visit to Grand Manan Museum (includes fisheries & geology exhibit); also home of of the renowned Alan Moses bird collection; many local cultural artifacts.

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

Evening: "Living Tides of Fundy" video

DAY
6
Lifestyle & Culture of a Fishing Community
Grand Manan Island, NB
B,L,D
Marathon Inn

Breakfast: Optional 6am coffee at the Inn and birding walk before breakfast. Hot or cold cereal, fruit, hot entree (cook's choice; changes daily) juice, coffee, tea.

Morning: Field trip to visit and learn about various aspects of the fishing industry past and present, reflecting the culture and lifestyle of a fishing island. Visit lobster pounds, smoked herring stands, dulsing operations, boat building, salt fish operation, visit a small fishers' supply store.

Lunch: At the Inn

Afternoon: Free afternoon

Dinner: Choice of lobster or steak dinner

Evening: Graduation & farewell get together

DAY
7
Program Concludes
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. Hotel shuttle departs from inn at 6:45 a.m. to connect with first morning ferry