Puffins, Warblers, and Lobster Boats

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With Gabriel Willow

Saturday, May 26th - Saturday, June 2nd, 2018


Come along with NYC Audubon and explore Maine's “Country of the Pointed Firs”: land of lighthouses, quaint villages, and lobster pounds... all nestled in a setting of primeval pine forests, bogs, and bucolic islands. Home to some of the East’s last true wilderness, Maine hosts populations of Atlantic puffin, bear, moose, shorebirds, and dozens of warbler species. This land of forests and rocky coast has been an inspiration to artists and naturalists for generations.

We’ll begin our exploration by spending three days on the mainland coast, visiting the salt marshes and beaches to the south before heading to the beautiful fishing village of Camden. From there we will explore nearby hills, meadows, and marshes in search of elusive rails, Upland Sandpiper and Nelson’s and Vesper Sparrow. Following our exploration of the mainland, we’ll spend four days on enchanting Monhegan Island—a scene of inspiration for artists including Edward Hopper and the Wyeth family. Birders flock here as well: Seeing 30 warbler species in one day is not uncommon, and many rarities appear here. We will stay at the historic Monhegan House Inn, where meals will include a lobster dinner. Finally, we’ll travel to a puffin nesting colony. While on the water, we'll keep our eyes open for whales and porpoises.

Price includes double-occupancy lodging, some meals, and van transportation in Maine. (Transport to Maine not included; Portland is easily accessible by air, train or bus.) Limited to 10 people. $1,950 ($595 single room supplement). For all national and international trips, membership in NYC Audubon at the Student/Senior level and up is required.


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Your guide will be Gabriel Willow, a Maine native who began his career leading tours there over a decade ago. Now based in Brooklyn, Gabriel knows and loves his home state, and will take you to some of his favorite birding haunts. Our 2011 and 2012 trips were great successeshere are some thoughts from past participants on their experience:

“Gabriel Willow, always sensitive to the varied needs and birding levels of his charges, was an extremely knowledgeable guide to an area he knows and loves. We had unforgettable encounters with both migratory birds (many warblers) and seabirds (I especially remember the razorbills and puffins)....as well as tidal marshes and rocky coasts. A wonderful experience!” -- Virginia Stotz

“In addition to being an excellent birding leader, Gabe is an all-around naturalist…and since Maine is his home territory, he is a font of knowledge about local history. But the real joy of the trip came from seeing the migrant birds settling into their breeding grounds in Maine’s gorgeous coastal landscape. On Monhegan Island, a Northern Parula singing its heart out in a blossoming apple tree was almost worth the trip by itself.” – Mary Jane Kaplan

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