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


Scholarships available, apply here.

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
This program is less expensive than our standard programming due to the service components.

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 DewaneDigital Media Manager, Center for Progressive Reform
Eric SnyderTodd Wildlife Santuary Facilities ManagerSeabird Institute

2021 Instructors
Adam DinouvoResearcher, Audubon Florida 
Jane Dolliver
Program Assistant, College of the Environment, University of Washington
Don Lyons
Conservation Science Director, Seabird Institute
Paula ShannonSeabird Sanctuary ManagerSeabird Institute
Susan SchubelAssistant Seabird Sanctuary Manager and Outreach InstructorSeabird Institute
Scott WeidensaulAuthor and ornithologist

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
Building projects with seabird researchers.
Black Guillemot in fall plumage. Photo: Jean Hall
Birding Monhegan Island, near the lighthouse.
Marine debris clean-up

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