Birds of Maine Islands

A Service Learning Week

All participants must agree to the COVID-19 Camp Guidelines - please read before registering.

September 5-10, 2021

Registration opens on March 1, 2021.

Join seabird biologists and conservationists for a hands-on experience to learn and contribute to bird conservation. Field trips, lectures, and workshops will focus on biology, threats, and the conservation of birds on Maine coastal islands. Visit Monhegan Island and cruise throughout Muscongus Bay in search of unique seabirds and early migrants. Workshops may include painting seabird decoys for colony restoration, habitat management through invasive vegetation removal, marine debris cleanup, and building blinds or chick shelters for researchers to use on the island colonies. Participants will learn from and work alongside preeminent bird biologists and leaders in the conservation field.

During this program you will learn about seabird identification, bird banding, adaptations, migration, and ecology while participating in active restoration work. Note: we will not be landing on any seabird islands in 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. This program is scheduled to coincide with the peak of the fall landbird and hawk migration.

Prices: Below are listed per person prices that 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.

$1295 Standard Room: twin bed in a private room, shared bathroom
$1395 Puffin Room in the Crow's Nest, 2 twin beds, private 1/2 bath
$1595 Osprey Room, 2 twin beds, private full bath, water view (dbl occupancy)

Wait list

If the session is sold out, it is a good idea to add your name to the wait list. Waitlist individuals will be notified immediately if there is an opening in the order they are on the list.

Questions: For questions regarding the program, registration, lodging or meals, contact the Audubon Camp program manager at or (207) 360-7733. Additional information can be found on the lodging and frequently asked questions page.

Please note that there are NO prerequisites for these programs and less experienced/enthusiastic spouses/friends are more than welcome to enroll in all sessions!

Maggie Dewane, Digital Media Manager, Center for Progressive Reform
Eric Snyder, Todd Wildlife Santuary Facilities Manager, Seabird Institute

2021 Instructors
Adam Dinouvo, Researcher, Audubon Florida
Don Lyons,
Conservation Science Director, Seabird Institute
Paula Shannon, Seabird Sanctuary Manager, Seabird Institute
Susan Schubel, Assistant Seabird Sanctuary Manager and Outreach Instructor, Seabird Institute
Scott Weidensaul, Author and ornithologist
Jane Dolliver

NOTE: Audubon reserves the right to alter itineraries, instructors and particular arrangements, or to substitute similar itineraries or arrangements, at no penalty. If Audubon cancels a session, it will issue full refunds of all deposits or payments to the paid participants.

Camper helps with painting seabird decoys.
Spotted Sandpiper Photo: Jean Hall
Marine debris clean-up
Black Guillemot in fall plumage. Photo: Jean Hall
Building projects with seabird researchers.

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