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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
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Getting There
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Grand Manan Island. NB
D
Marathon Inn

Dinner: Dinner in main dining room and orientation in Annex Lounge: introduction to marine mammals: slide/lecture format.

DAY
2
Whale Watching Expedition
Grand Manan Island. NB
B,L,D
Marathon Inn

Activity note: Board and disembark vessel. Some walking and standing.

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

Morning: Whale Watch boat trip to seek minke, fin, humpback and North Atlantic right whales, porpoise and dolphins. Look for shearwaters,jeagers, phalaropes, kittiwakes, gannets & guillemots.

Lunch: On board vessel

Afternoon: Continuation of boat trip

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

Evening: Birding introduction: slide/lecture format

DAY
3
Birding Trip, Grand Manan Museum Alan Moses Bird Collection
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 birding field trip

Lunch: At inn

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

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: Sunset at the Whistle. Sunset, birds, lighthouses and marine mammals from this cliff top perch, high above the Bay of Fundy.

DAY
4
Outer Island Birding, Fisherman's Wharf Walk
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: Outer island birding boat trip to view a large colony of Leach’s Storm Petrels and other seabirds as well as mammals

Lunch: Bag lunch

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

Evening: Free evening

DAY
5
Birding Field Trip
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: Ferry trip to White head Island where JJ Audubon collected his Herring Gull. The best place for shorebirds, Boreal Chickadees and Great Cormorants

Lunch: Picnic lunch on a chalcedony beach on White Head.

Afternoon: Continuing to bird on White Head and then catch a mid-afternoon ferry back to Grand Manan

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

Evening: A lecture on seabirds and their colonies

DAY
6
The Culture & Lifestyle of a Fishing Island, Free Afternoon
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 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 inn

Afternoon: Free afternoon

Dinner: Choice of lobster or steak dinner

Evening: Graduation and farewell get together

DAY
7
Program Concludes
Grand Manan Island. NB
B

Breakfast: Continental breakfast at 6:50 a.m. for those who wish to depart on 7:30 a.m. ferry; full breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. for remainder

Morning: Please check out by 11:00 a.m.