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  • Cliff Island Exploration
    • Saturday Apr 26, 2014 6:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Location: Cliff Island, Casco Bay
    • Members: $35 Non-members: $45

    Join naturalists George Libby and Gary Roberts for an exploration around Casco Bay’s Cliff Island. The early morning ferry will get us out to the island with plenty of time to walk to Kennedy Beach to watch for returning and resident birds, search for early emerging plants and wildflowers, and check out the tide pools. The beach varies greatly along its length. The Bluffs—a long, raised, narrow chunk of rock—and the main part of Cliff Island shelter a wide area of water from the most severe wind and surf.

    • Please purchase your ferry ticket ahead of time.
    • Bring a lunch and beverage.
    • Optional early ferry return at 12:00 p.m.

    Important information about this trip: Cliff Island Exploration (2014) trip details [pdf]

  • The Rare and Exemplary of Appleton Bog
    • Saturday May 24, 2014 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Members: $35 Non-members: $45

    Appleton Bog is the northernmost occurrence of an Atlantic white cedar swamp, and it is one of the largest Atlantic white cedar swamps in the state. Appleton Bog flows northward into the St. George River via Harriet Brook and the Dead River. The site contains three pure stands of Atlantic white cedar, a rare species, as well as red maple swamp, unpatterned fen, and other wetland types that are part of an approximately 1,000 acre wetland complex.

    With permission from the Nature Conservancy, guides Gary Roberts and George Libby will lead an exploration of the Appleton Bog to locate some of the unique natural communities that occur here.

    Important information about this trip: Appleton Bog 2014 [pdf] 

  • Seabirds of Matinicus Rock
    • Friday Jun 6, 2014 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Location: New Harbor, ME
    • Members: $80.00 Non-members: $100.00


    A 32-acre island 18 miles offshore at the mouth of Penobscot Bay, Matinicus
    Rock is one of Maine’s most important seabird nesting colonies. Here, Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Common Murres, Black Guillemots, Arctic and Common Terns, and Laughing Gulls all gather to nest.

    Motoring out of New Harbor aboard the Hardy III, we’ll cross the mouth of Muscongus Bay, passing close by the seabird colony at Eastern Egg Rock where roseate terns nest. With plenty of open-water habitat along our route, we could see a good array of pelagic species, including Wilson’s Storm-petrels, Northern Gannets, Common Murres, phalaropes, Great and Sooty Shearwaters, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and jaegers.


    Jan Pierson is one of the founders of Field Guides and a veteran of more than 35 years of international birding and guiding. He has traveled far and wide to all continents, yet some of his favorite birding experiences remain simple ones: spring warbler migration, savoring good, long looks at birds, be they rare or common, tropical or temperate, and watching other birders thrill at their first-time discoveries.

    Peter Vickery is president of the Center for Ecological Research and is currently writing a book on Maine birds. He has authored or coauthored more than 40 scientific research papers and numerous popular articles on natural history and conservation.

    Important information about this trip: Seabirds of Matinicus Rock [pdf]

  • Grassland Birds of Kennebunk Plains
    • Wednesday Jun 11, 2014 7:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Location: Kennebunk Plains
    • Members: $25 Non-members: $35
    • Van ride from Falmouth, add $10.00 (departs at 6 a.m.)

    In heavily forested Maine, large grasslands are uncommon, and so are the birds for which they provide habitat. This ecologically significant area hosts several state endangered species, and provides habitat for some of the rarest breeding birds in Maine.  On this morning walk we will look for some of these species, including: Upland Sandpiper, Grasshopper Sparrow, Brown Thrasher, Prairie Warbler, and Vesper Sparrow.

    There are two options for this trip – option 1 includes a van ride from Falmouth (leaving at 6 a.m. with an 11 a.m. return); with option 2 you meet the group at Kennebunk Plains.

    Information sheets coming soon.

  • Birds of Stratton Island I
    • Sunday Jun 29, 2014 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Location: Stratton Island
    • Members: $50.00 Non-members: $65.00

    Not far from the Scarborough shore, Stratton Island is a nesting colony and roosting site for a remarkable diversity of coastal birds.

    Learn more

  • Atlantic Salmon Fishing on the Miramichi
    • Thursday Jul 3, 2014 – Sunday Jul 6, 2014
      10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Price: $1020.00

    Maine Audubon friend and former trustee, Bob Milardo will lead a trip for 3-days of Atlantic salmon fishing on the Main Southwest Miramichi River in New Brunswick and neighboring tributaries the Renous and Cains Rivers. Bob Milardo and the Miramichi Renous Club host the trip. The club owns a mile of river frontage with exclusive access to 6 pools and is situated on the Miramichi near Blackville. Registration fees include lodging (rooms with private bath) for three nights, all meals, occasional cookies for persons of merit, guide, all tips, and three days of fishing.

    The visit is timed to intercept the early run a large multi-sea winter salmon. All Atlantic salmon must be released live without harm and preferably without being removed from the water.

    Guests are responsible for personal fishing equipment and should be reasonably proficient in casting a single-handed or two-handed fly rod. A checklist of recommended gear will be provided.

    Contact Bob Milardo at rm8014@gmail.com to register. 

  • Birds of Stratton Island II
    • Monday Jul 7, 2014 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Stratton Island
    • Members: $50.00 Non-members: $65.00

    Not far from the Scarborough shore, Stratton Island is a nesting colony and roosting site for a remarkable diversity of coastal birds.

    Learn more

  • Birds of Stratton Island III
    • Sunday Jul 13, 2014 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
    • Location: Stratton Island
    • Members: $50.00 Non-members: $65.00

    Not far from the Scarborough shore, Stratton Island is a nesting colony and roosting site for a remarkable diversity of coastal birds.

    Learn more

  • Hiking the Hills of Isle au Haut
    • Saturday Jul 26, 2014 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
    • Location: Isle au Haut
    • Members: $75 Non-members: $90

    Photo by nps.gov

    Join guides Gary Roberts and George Libby for a day of hiking on Isle au Haut. This most remote part of Acadia National Park offers spectacular ocean views and secluded forest trails. In addition to the natural beauty, there will be opportunities to view the animals and plants that call this island home. Please come prepared to hike 5 miles at a leisurely pace.

    Important information about this trip: Isle au Haut 2014 [pdf]

  • Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay
    • Saturday Sep 13, 2014 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
    • Location: Boothbay Harbor
    • Members: $50 Non-members: $75
    Bald Eagle by Robert Denton

    When Maine Audubon first began running this trip in 1969, sighting one or two eagles was all that could be expected. Since then, the bald eagle population has rebounded from the devastating effects of pesticide poisoning, and during last year’s trip we observed 66 eagles! We will board the boat in Boothbay Harbor for a trip across Sheepscot Bay to the Sasanoa River then up the Kennebec River to Merrymeeting Bay. Weather and tides permitting, we will return to Boothbay via the Kennebec. The sheltered tidal waters of Midcoast Maine offer some of the most pleasant and scenic cruising to be found anywhere—plus excellent wildlife watching. In addition to bald eagles, expect other raptors, seals, sturgeon, shorebirds, and waterfowl along the way.

    More information and registration coming soon!