Living on the Wind: Fall Migration and Monhegan Island

We really appreciate your interest in Hog Island Audubon Camp, but in order to keep our campers, volunteers and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic we’ve decided to cancel our summer camp programming for 2020. Thank you for your care and commitment as we work together to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Tentative 2021 dates: September 5-10, 2021

This special, small-group session is devoted to fall migration, and  will include an overnight excursion to Monhegan Island, a world-renowned migratory hotspot and beautiful island village. The overnight on Monhegan will allow for sunrise birding on the island as the migrants come in for landing.  The rest of the week will be spent traveling to the best migrant hotspots based on the weather, tides, and bird migration patterns.

Join a small, group of campers devoted to the wonders of autumn migratory. 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.")

Prices: The prices listed below are per person and 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 for scholarship opportunities.  

$1445 Standard Room: twin bed in a shared double or triple room, shared bathroom
$1595 Puffin Room in the Crow's Nest, 2 twin beds, private 1/2 bath
$1745 Single room, shared bathroom (only available during Session Two)
$1745 Roseate Room, Osprey Room, Eider room, Guillemot room, or Blackburnian room - double bed, private bath, ocean view (dbl occupancy)
$1995 Helm Cabin - private cabin with bathroom, queen bed, porch, ocean view (dbl occupancy)

All participants must be able to walk over uneven terrain for 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. Some wet landings may also be included on slippery rocks.

Wait list
If the program or your preferred housing option is sold out, please 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 Audubon Camp program manager at or (843) 340-8673. Additional information about accommodations can be found on the lodging and frequently asked questions pages.

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

Scott Weidensaul,
Author and ornithologist

2019 Instructors
Holly Merker, Birding Guide and Educator
Seth Benz, Bird Ecology Program Director, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park
Drew Weber,  Merlin Project Coordinator, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Justine Weber, Ecologist and Ph.D candidate, SUNY-ESF

Guest Leader and Speaker
Eva Matthews LarkHog Island Program Manager
Juanita Roushdy, FOHI Volunteer and Store Manager

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