Joy of Birding

June 8-13th, 2014 

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Hone your birding skills with some of America's top birders, including famed author Pete Dunne, while reveling in more than 200 species of New England birds, from warblers and thrushes to puffins and guillemots. 

Mid-June is the peak of the nesting season, and participants will take a boat trip around Eastern Egg Rock, home to Atlantic PuffinsBlack Guillemots and Roseate, Common and Arctic Terns. At this time, the island is a hub of activity during the egg-laying and hatching season. A stop and short walk on nearby Wreck Island offers close-up views of a Great Blue Heron colony and views of chicks in large aerial nests. 

On mainland trips we will visit nearby mainland birding hotspots that offer habitat for shorebirds, forest, and marsh birds. Hog Island itself is home to Bald EaglesOspreys and dozens of species of nesting songbirds, such as ParulaBlackburnian, and Black-throated Green Warblers.

"Your program, staff, environs and heritage are an absolute TREASURE. Memories of the "Joy of Birding" week will live contentedly in my heart for a very long time. Thank you for caring about our wonderful world and it's future."- Rick, CAD programmer, Pennsylvania

Whether you're a beginning birder or an old hand, our enthusiastic, engaging instructors, small-group field trips, and informal instruction will make you a far better birder. Read more about the difference between Joy of Birding and Field Ornithology.

Prices below are listed per person and include meals, housing, instruction and all boat trips. Participants must arrange transportation to and from the Audubon dock in Bremen at the start and end of the session (see directions page). Check with your local Audubon chapter or bird club to see if scholarships are available.

$895 twin bed in the Queen Mary loft, 6 beds total (women only)
 twin bed in a shared double or triple room, shared bathroom
$1095 Puffin room (2 twin beds, private 1/2 bath)
$1295 single room in Porthole Lodge, shared bathroom
$1245 Osprey room - double bed, private bath, ocean view (dbl occupancy)
$1495 Helm Cabin - private cabin with bathroom, double bed, porch, ocean view (dbl occupancy)

"All mind-bogglingly wonderful! I had such a great time. I not only learned a lot, but it hit me for the first time, how much the birding leaders know: Weather, geology, geography, botany, entomology, predator-prey relationships........egad! I was frankly a little awed by being in the presence of such great leaders in the field. So impressive!" - Jan, occupational therapist, Connecticut


Chris LeweyDirectorRAVEN Interpretive Programs

2014 Instructors
Pete Dunne, Director, Cape May Bird Observatory
Stephen Kress
DirectorSeabird Restoration Program
Angelika Nelson, Curator at Borror Lab of Bioacoustics, Ohio State University
Wayne Petersen, Important Bird Area Director, Massachusetts Audubon Society
John Pumilio, Director of Sustainability, Colgate University
Pete SalmansohnEducation CoordinatorSeabird Restoration Program
Susan SchubelOutreach EducatorSeabird Restoration Program


Additional instructors to be announced.

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