Puffin Islands

Experience Atlantic Puffins on Maine nesting islands

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

June 12-17, 2022

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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. 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) 

Sold Out - Waitlist for program or housing options

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

Anthony Hill, Bird Bander and Project Puffin Volunteer
Steve Kress, Founder of Project Puffin
Isaiah Scott, Junior Instructor

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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