Mountains to Sea Birding for Teens

Birding from Borestone Mountain Sanctuary to Hog Island, Maine.

June 23 to 28, 2019
Registration opens October 15, 2018.
Designed for ages 14-17 only

This intensive 6-day, 5-night program will cover boreal to coastal bird species in Maine.  We will spend part of the week at Maine Audubon's Borestone Mountain Sanctuary looking for northern maine bird species.  The remaining part of the week we will stay in the historic Bingham Cottages on Hog Island and explore the coast for shorebirds, nesting species, and puffins!  A service component will be included during the week so that teens can be hands-on and a tour of the Mad River Decoys by Audubon will be provided. Teens will learn about conservation projects around the world and see how decoys are produced to bring back species. An emphasis will be placed on creating field notebooks throughout the week.

The historic cottages at Borestone and Hog Island will be more rustic in nature than the traditional Hog Island cabins.  All participants should bring a sleeping bag and prepare for camping conditions while at Borestone and Hog Island.  Electricity will be provided at Borestone but phone reception is very limited and there will be no internet available at either camp.  Be prepared to unplug during the week and get connected to the outdoors!

Price: $1395 for individual enrollment, and $1395 for organizations (bird clubs, Audubon chapters, etc.) that are sponsoring a teen in the program. Registration cost includes all meals, housing, instruction and boat trips. Teens must arrange transportation to and from the Portland International Jetport in Portland, Maine on arrival and departure day; (14 years olds CANNOT fly independently to camp - call if you have questions). 

Mountains to Sea Birding for Teens is designed for participants ages 14 to 17 years old with an avid interest in birds. Limit of 16 participants per session. This program requires physical and emotional maturity. After reserving your place in the session, additional registration materials will be sent to applicants. Final acceptance in the program is contigent upon staff review of application materials, which include recommendation letters and a series of questions to be completed by the teen and their guardian.  

Prices include: Meals, housing, instruction and all boat trips. Participants must arrange transportation to and from the Portland International Jetport in Portland, Maine.  Check with your local Audubon chapter or bird club for scholarship availability. 

Wait list
If the session you prefer is sold out, it is a good idea to add your name to the wait list. There are usually a few cancellations, and the first people on the wait list are almost always able to enroll.  You can also email or call (843) 340-8673, for updates on the wait list status.

 Questions: For questions regarding the program, registration, lodging or meals, contact the Hog Island program manager at or (843) 340-8673. For campers that are 14 years olds - due to airline restrictions you CANNOT fly independently to camp - call if you have questions.

Eva Matthews Lark, Hog Island Program Manager and Costa Rica Teen Director

2018 Teen Leaders
Christian Hagenlocher2016 Big Year Birder and Educator, The Birding Project
Anna Stunkel, Field Biologist and Artist

Guest Lecturers and Educators
Doug Hitchcox
, Naturalist and Birding Guide, Maine Audubon
Stephen KressDirectorSeabird Restoration Program
Eric Snyder, Facilities & Sanctuary ManagerSeabird Restoration Program

Borestone Mountain Sanctuary Buildings
Common Eider Photo: Scott Weidensaul
Writer's Cottage at Hog Island
Puffin near Eastern Egg Rock Photo: Jennie Duberstein
Snowgoose III
Borestone Mountain Sanctuary Campfire

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