Seabirds of Matinicus Rock Boat Trip
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. Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Common Murres, Black Guillemots, Arctic and Common Terns, and Laughing Gulls all gather to nest on the island. 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 openwater habitat along our route, we could see a good array of pelagic species, including Wilson’s Stormpetrels, Northern Gannets, phalaropes, Great and Sooty Shearwaters, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and jaegers.
Please meet your trip leaders and the crew of Hardy Boat Cruises at Shaw’s Wharf in New Harbor for a prompt departure. You will need to arrive a half hour early at 7:30 am.
The only place to park is Hardy Boat’s grassy parking lot up the road (there is a $5 fee, cash only). You cannot park at Shaw’s Wharf; you will be towed.