Programs

Living on the Wind: Fall Migration and Monhegan Island

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

 September 10–15, 2023 

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This special, small-group session is devoted to fall migration, and will include an overnight stay on the iconic Monhegan Island. The rest of the week will be spent traveling to the best migrant hotspots based on the weather, tides, and bird migration patterns.

This camp is devoted to the wonders of autumn migratory season. This intensive week of birding will take participants from tidal marshes and beaches to hawk watches, spruce forests, and the outer islands and waters of Muscongus Bay, depending on where the birding is hottest. The highlight will be an overnight trip to Monhegan Island, one of the best "migrant traps" in the Northeast -- a place justly famous for its birding and dramatic rocky coastline, which has inspired artists for more than a century. Learn about how and why birds migrate and the conservation challenges facing them. (The session's name is taken from director Scott Weidensaul's Pulitzer Prize-finalist book, "Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds.")

Requirements
All participants must be able to walk over uneven terrain for at least 2 miles. Monhegan Island has unimproved trails with hills and rocky outcroppings that require the ability to walk uphill and on a single track trail.

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.

Includes one overnight on Monhegan Island

$1890 Standard Room: shared room (2 twin beds), shared bathroom
$2040 Puffin Room in the Crow's Nest, 2 twin beds, private 1/2 bath (dbl occupancy)
$2190 Single room, shared bathroom
$2190 Osprey RoomEider roomBlackburnian, or Guillemot room, 2 twin beds, private bathroom (dbl occupancy)
$2390 Helm Cabin, 1 queen bed, 1 twin bed, private bathrooms (dbl occupancy) 

Housing Waitlist
If the housing of choice is not available, please put yourself on the Housing Waitlist when it opens on Monday, March 8th at noon (EST). In case of cancellations, we will notify you of the upgrade options.

Questions: For questions regarding the program, registration, lodging or meals, contact the Audubon Camp program manager at hogisland@audubon.org 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!

Director 
Scott Weidensaul,
Author and ornithologist

2023 Instructors
Holly Merker, Birding Guide and Educator
Seth Benz, Bird Ecology Program Director, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

Guest Leaders and Speakers
Eva Matthews LarkSenior Manager of Public Programs, Seabird Institute and Hog Island
 

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.

Monhegan Island
Ring-necked Pheasants are found breeding on Monhegan.
Birding Weskeag Marsh Photo: Jean Hall
Black Guillemots start molting into winter plumage in September. Photo: Jean Hall
Birding at sunrise on Monhegan Island

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