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Puffin Islands

Experience Atlantic Puffins on Maine nesting islands

June 14-19, 2020
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Join Audubon seabird biologists Stephen Kress and Don Lyons as we visit nesting colonies of puffins and their seabird neighbors.

This new offering provides participants with the opportunity to land at Eastern Egg Rock during the nesting season to observe puffins, black guillemots, eiders, and three tern species: Common, Arctic, and Roseate Terns. Located just eight miles from Hog Island, Eastern Egg Rock is noted for being the world’s first restored seabird community.

Although most Hog Island campers circle Egg Rock by boat, this is the only session where participants come ashore to be among the birds as they incubate and feed their young. Photo opportunities abound with close-up views of puffins and other seabirds from observation blinds. The seabird experience is enriched with informative talks about seabird migration, courtship, nesting behavior, and conservation.

This session also includes a visit to Matinicus Rock, Maine’s most diverse and remote seabird-nesting island. Notable as North America’s first protected seabird colony, Matinicus Rock is home to hundreds of pairs of puffins, razorbills, and terns. It is also the only breeding location in Maine for Common Murres and Manx Shearwaters.

Prices: Below are listed 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 to see if scholarships are available.

$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 Osprey Room, 2 twin beds, private full bath, ocean view (dbl occupancy)
$1745 Roseate Room, 2 twin beds, private full bath, ocean view (dbl occupancy)
$1745  Eider room - 2 twin beds, private bath, ocean view (dbl occupancy)
$1745 Guillemot room - 2 twin beds, private bath (dbl occupancy)
$1745 Blackburnian room - 2 twin beds, private bath (dbl occupancy)
$1745 single room in Porthole Lodge, shared bathroom
$1995 The Helm cabin, private cabin with full bathroom, queen bed, deck, ocean view (dbl occupancy; option for three available)

Program Director:
Don LyonsConservation Science DirectorSeabird Restoration Program

2019 Instructors:
Annette FayetSeabird Scientist, Junior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford (UK), and National Geographic Explorer
Anthony Hill, Bird Bander and Project Puffin Volunteer
John Piatt, Senior Research Scientist, USGS Alaska Science Center in Anchorage and affiliate Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle

Landing on a Maine seabird island. Photo: Stephen Kress
Atlantic Puffin with fish. Photo: Jean Hall
Bird blind on Matinicus Rock. Photo: Jean Hall
Atlantic Puffin and Razorbill Photo: Jean Hall

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