Programs

Hog Island Day Trips

Join us in late May and early June for a fun-filled day with Hog Island staff.

Have you always wanted to see the beauty of Hog Island and surrounding areas with a dedicated instructor? This year we will offer day trips designed for birders, families and nature enthusiasts. Lodging will not be provided, but meals will be included for some programs. Receive 10% off when you sign up for multiple programs by using the promo code: HOGISL2021.

NOTE: All programs are designed for 15 years old and up, except for the all-ages programs.  Minors under 15 must have a parent or guardian present for the all-ages programs. 

2021 registration opened on Monday, March 8, at noon EST. Due to limited capacity, please be advised that all registrations will be added to our waitlist, and will be accepted into programs on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Day Trip Schedule:

MAY 
  • Friday, May 28 – Monhegan Island Birding I - $160
    SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, May 29 – Egg Rock and Hog Island Birding - $160
    SOLD OUT - CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
  • Sunday, May 30 – Monhegan Island Birding II - $160
    CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
  • Monday, May 31 – Egg Rock and Hog Island Birding I (family day - all ages) - $100
    MEMORIAL DAY

    SOLD OUT
JUNE 
  • Friday, June 4 – Egg Rock and Hog Island Birding II - $160
    SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, June 5 – Mid-coast Maine Birding - $125
    SOLD OUT
  • Friday, June 11 – Egg Rock and Hog Island Birding III - $160
    SOLD OUT

Day Trip Descriptions:

Monhegan Island Birding

Spend a day with Hog Island Audubon Camp instructors on stunning Monhegan Island. Departing from Hog Island, we will search for pelagic species as we head 12 miles off-shore. Upon our arrival on Monhegan, we will search for breeding birds and observe migrating species that are heading north. Boxed lunches will be provided at the time of departure and we will have a picnic in the middle of the day. Please bring your own beverages or plan to purchase them on the island. Backpacks are encouraged as you will need to carry your boxed lunch with you. We will be outdoors for the whole trip so bring layers for the boat and for unexpected weather events. Sturdy hiking shoes are encouraged as we will transverse uneven terrain on Monhegan. On our way back to Hog Island we will circle around Eastern Egg Rock and observe nesting seabirds.

Program will start and end at the Hog Island Audubon Camp dock. Please arrive between 7:00 and 7:30am to check-in and park. We will be back to the mainland at approximately 4pm.

Instructors:
Eva Matthews Lark, Hog Island Program Manager, All dates
Eric Snyder, Hog island Facilities Manager, All dates
Scott Weidensaul, Author and Ornithologist, Dates: May 28-30 and June 11
Charles Duncan, Ornithologist, Dates: June 4-7
Sherrie York, Artist, Date: June 10

Egg Rock and Hog Island Birding

Eastern Egg Rock is home to the famous seabird restoration Project Puffin. Hog Island Audubon staff will take you on a boat trip to observe nesting seabirds including Atlantic Puffin, Roseate Tern, Arctic Tern, and Common Tern on Eastern Egg Rock. We will search the inshore waters for scoters (all three species) and nesting raptors. Back on Hog Island, we will enjoy an outdoor lunch prepared by our chef team, followed by a hike to the historical Bingham Cottages on Hog Island. Birding highlights will include Purple Finches, nesting warblers and a search for crossbills. Participants will also see our resident Osprey pair up-close in the nest. Please bring layers for the boat trip and wear sturdy hiking shoes for the uneven trails.

Take the family birding! Special family days are schedule May 31st and June 6th. 

Program will start and end at the Hog Island Audubon Camp dock. Please arrive between 8:00 and 8:30am to check-in and park. We will be back to the mainland at approximately 4pm.

Mid-coast Maine Birding

Join Hog Island Audubon staff to explore the mainland birding hotspots near Hog Island. All participants must have their own transportation throughout the duration of the program. We will meet at the Hog Island mainland facilities for check-in and then caravan to our two birding locations. First, we will head to a famous Hog Island birding spot in nearby Medomak. Here we will search for Virginia Rail, observe nesting Alder Flycatchers, and search for wetland species such as Wood Duck. Next, we will head to Hidden Valley Nature Center where we will have a picnic lunch provided by Hog Island chefs. Afterwards, we will spend some time on the trails looking for species such as Scarlet Tanager, Red Crossbill, and many breeding warblers that call these woods home. Please bring your own water bottles for the trip. We will have a water cooler available to fill up your water bottles at lunch-time. Come prepared for all types of weather, wear sturdy shoes and have both bug spray and sunscreen in your day pack.

Program will start at the Hog Island Audubon mainland buildings. We will depart for our caravan at promptly 8:30am. Please arrive before to check-in. We will end our day at Hidden Valley Nature Center approximately at 3pm.

Hog Island Exploration

This all-ages program will explore the magic of Hog Island as we examine tidal pools and discover the marine organisms of the island. Learn the history of Hog Island as we walk to our historic Bingham Cottages to look for birds, mushrooms, and plant life. A fully catered, seaside lunch is included. Please bring sturdy shoes for hiking and clothes you don’t mind getting wet if tidal pooling. Shoes are required at all times due to the rocky tideline that is filled with oysters and barnacle shells. Participants under 15 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No swimming is allowed at Hog Island Audubon Camp but we will do some deep wading with seine nets.

Program will start and end at the Hog Island Audubon Camp dock. Please arrive between 9:00 and 9:30am to check-in and park. We will be back to the mainland at approximately 3pm.

Hog Island Painting and Sketching Workshop

Hog Island's history is rich with artists and authors enjoying the island’s majestic views to inspire their craft. Join us for this day-long workshop with local artist and Hog Island instructor, Sherrie York, as we explore Hog Island and learn about sketching, watercolors and field journals. Bring your own supplies for this program. An outdoor lunch will be catered by our Hog Island chefs. A hike will be included in the day so please wear sturdy hiking shoes for the uneven trails.

Program will start and end at the Hog Island Audubon Camp dock. Please arrive between 9:00 and 9:30am to check-in and park. We will be back to the mainland at approximately 3pm.

Instructors:
Sherrie York - Artist and Coordinator of Hog Island's Audubon Artist Residency

Registration:

2021 registration opened on Monday, March 8, at noon EST. Due to limited capacity, please be advised that all registrations will be added to our waitlist, and will be accepted into programs on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Instructor biographies coming soon.

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

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.

Snowgoose III transporting campers to Hog Island. Photo: Jean Hall
Northern Gannet
Photo: Jon Reis
American Redstart Photo: Jean Hall

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