Events & Adventures
Montauk Winter Weekend: Seals, Surf, and Seabirds
Friday, January 13 - Sunday, January 15
Guide: Don Riepe
With American Littoral Society
Saturday, January 28, 9am - Sunday, January 29, 7pm
Guide: Gabriel Willow
The gatherings of sea ducks around Montauk Point are the largest winter concentrations in New York State; the Christmas Bird Count on Montauk Point consistently tallies from 125 to 135 species, one of the best totals in the Northeast. Species that come to feed on the Point’s rich kelp and mussel beds include common and red-throated loon, common eider, all three scoter species, bufflehead, common goldeneye, great cormorant, and red-breasted merganser. Harlequin duck and king eider also occur here regularly during the winter. Accommodations at Daunt's Albatross in Montauk. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $295 ($55 single supplement)
Friday, May 26 - Saturday, June 3
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Come along with NYC Audubon and explore Maine's “Country of the Pointed Firs”: a 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.
This year we're offering an entirely new itinerary, visiting the "real Maine" of Down-east, from Acadia National Park up to the Canadian border. We will also participate in two birding festivals, the 14th annual Down East Birding Festival and the 19th annual Acadian Birding Festival.
We’ll begin our exploration in Bangor, visiting forests and a bog trail before heading to the fishing village of Lubec, the easternmost town in the US. We will participate in the Down East Birding Festival, joining them for lectures, hikes in search of boreal specialties such as Spruce Grouse, Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay, and breeding warblers and other songbirds of the boreal forests. Following our exploration of the mainland, we’ll take a chartered boat to Machias Seal Island, home to the largest nesting colony of Atlantic Puffins in the US, with over 5,000 breeding there, alongside Razorbills, Murres, and other seabirds. We will land on the island and closely observe the puffins and other species from bird blinds, alongside the biologists who live and work there. While on the water, we'll keep our eyes open for whales and porpoises. After thoroughly exploring this rugged down-east region, we will head down the coast to the world-famous Acadia National Park, a true national treasure of forests, rocky coasts, and mountains. We will participate in the Acadian Bird festival, with keynote speakers Pete Dunne, Laura Erickson, and Luke Seitz, and hikes to local birding locales. $2,075 ($380 single supplement)
*A deposit of $1,000 ($1,380 including single supplement) is due at the time of registration, payable by credit card or check. The remaining balance is due no later than the end of the business day on Friday, May 5.