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Acadia’s Birds & Whales – FULL

July 12 @ 4:00 pm - July 15 @ 2:00 pm

This event has reached capacity and no new registrations are being accepted.

This four-day tour is offered to showcase seabirds, pelagic birds, and whales. By design there will be two different boat trips. One gets within close photo range of the puffins and terns of Petit Manan Island, an active seabird nesting colony. The second goes farther out on the expansive waters of the Gulf of Maine in search of whales and pelagic birds, normally a five-hour excursion. We’ll also have ample time to explore a couple of area hotspots in the vicinity of the Schoodic Peninsula to look for some terrestrial specialties such as Spruce Grouse and Upland Sandpiper.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, participants must provide their own ground transportation to and from Schoodic Institute and during all field trips. All field trips will be caravan style.  All participants must wear a facial mask that covers nose and mouth during all tour activities, especially when social distancing is not possible.  Changes to the status of COVID-19 precautions are monitored closely by Schoodic Institute and are subject to the guidance of the Maine CDC (and U.S. CDC).

Participants should bring binoculars. A camera (optional) can be fun as all tours are fairly scenic. Spotting scopes are useful but optional and your guide will provide one for group use, as well as guidebooks. None of the tours require strenuous hiking. Birding will be slow moving and on level ground. There may be some spots that are muddy, uneven, and slippery, but large boots are unnecessary. Boat tours can be cold and damp. Bring appropriate clothing.


Day 1: begins on the Schoodic Institute campus at 3 pm, as the group convenes for this 4-day, 3-night tour. Check-in and orientation is at Rockefeller Hall. We’ll then take a leisurely stroll to Schoodic Point before dinner at 6 pm. Following dinner, we will have an evening presentation to get acquainted with the history and ecology of the region.

Day 2: starts with an optional morning bird walk, breakfast, and a 3-hour cruise to see puffins and other birds at Petit Manan Island. In addition to circumnavigating the seabird island, the boat tour will visit a seal basking ledge, pass by a Double-crested Cormorant nesting colony and search for an active Bald Eagle nest. This will be followed by a boxed lunch at Frazer Point in Acadia National Park. The afternoon will provide an opportunity to visit an area hotspot or two on nearby preserved lands of Frenchman Bay Conservancy and/or the mainland portion of the Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

Day 3: takes us offshore into the Gulf of Maine where whales and pelagic birds congregate (this can be as much as 5 hours on the boat).

Day 4: is leader’s choice, giving us a good portion of the day to make up for any bad weather or missed opportunities. The tour ends at 2 pm. It is likely that we will checkout and depart from the institute following breakfast. Have a packed lunch in tow to enjoy somewhere afield before wrapping up (checklist review and goodbyes) at 2 pm.

Should You Need to Cancel Your Event Registration
There is a $35 processing fee for any cancellation made 15 days or more prior to the conference date. No refunds will be given for cancellations within 14 days of the conference date.


July 12 @ 4:00 pm
July 15 @ 2:00 pm
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Schooner Commons, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park
Jacobson Drive
Winter Harbor, Maine 04693
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