Programs

Puffin Islands

Experience Atlantic Puffins on Maine nesting islands

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

June 1116, 2023

Registration opens October 25, 2022!

Join Audubon seabird biologists Stephen Kress and Don Lyons as we visit nesting puffins and their seabird neighbors.

This popular 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, in this session 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 island experience is enriched by interactions with in-resident young biologists working to protect and monitor the puffins and other species.

In addition to this unique and special field experience, participants will develop a thorough knowledge of seabird ecology via informative talks about species identification, migration, courtship, nesting behavior, and conservation. Instructors will share their decades of experience conducting seabird research and conservation, including Audubon’s pioneering work in Maine as well as conservation success stories from around the world.

Immerse yourself in all things puffin while enjoying a magical week at the Hog Island Camp!

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. Check with your local Audubon chapter or bird club to see if scholarships are available.

$1690 Standard Room: shared room (2 twin beds), shared bathroom
$1940 Single room, shared bathroom
$1940 Osprey RoomEider room, or Guillemot room, 2 twin beds, private bathroom (dbl occupancy)
$2190 Helm Cabin, 1 queen bed, 1 twin bed, private bathroom (dbl occupancy) 

Program Director:
Don LyonsConservation Science Director, National Audubon's Seabird Institute

Instructors:
Anthony Hill, Bird Bander and Project Puffin Volunteer
Steve Kress, Founder of Project Puffin
Instructor TBD

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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