FALMOUTH – Maine Audubon is offering great ways this fall to enjoy a range of birds on the beautiful waters of Midcoast and Downeast Maine. Maine Audubon will lead its annual trip to see pelagic birds and other marine life off the shore of Downeast Maine from 6:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.
Maine Audubon‚Äôs annual fall pelagic trip out of Bar Harbor has long been a must-do outing for the region‚Äôs birders. It offers a full eight hours to bird our way east almost to Grand Manan, covering some of the most productive seabirding waters in the Gulf of Maine.
Led by expert birders Jan Pierson, Peter Vickery, and Eric Hynes, this outing is aboard a 111-foot power catamaran designed for speed, stability and optimum viewing. Trip participants will cruise by Schoodic Point and Petit Manan before heading up to 40 miles offshore to see gannets, several species of shearwater, puffins, razorbills, jaegers, a variety of gulls and two kinds of phalaropes. The group may also see several types of whales before looping back in toward the waters of Mount Desert Rock and spectacular views of the mountains of Mount Desert Island.
Typically, these waters are only accessible to birders incidentally via the ferry to Nova Scotia. The trip is $120 for Maine Audubon members and $150 for nonmembers.
On Monday, Sept. 27, Maine Audubon naturalists will offer a guided trip to scenic Monhegan Island, a refuge for migrating birds along the coastal flyway.
‚ÄúThe exciting thing about Monhegan Island is that you never know what to expect from day to day,‚ÄĚ said Maine Audubon staff naturalist Eric Hynes of Portland, who is leading the trip. An important rest stop for migratory birds heading south in the fall, he said, this offshore island draws in a range of species with many surprises.
Advance registration is necessary for both excursions. For more information, prices, and registration, please call Maine Audubon at (207) 781-2330, ext. 209. For more information about Maine Audubon, please visit www.maineaudubon.org.
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