Spring Migration & Monhegan Island

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May 28June 2, 2023

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Join us for a special spring experience in Mid-coast Maine.  Birding highlights will be nesting species on territory and late spring migrants heading to breeding grounds.  The week will include an overnight trip by boat to Monhegan Island, a world-renowned migratory hotspot, beautiful island village, and vibrant artists’ colony.  We’ll walk several short trails on the island, enjoying the spectacular scenery while searching for songbirds.  Another day features a boat trip through Muscongus Bay and out to Eastern Egg Rock, famous for its nesting Atlantic Puffins and three species of terns.  Walks on Hog Island and at nearby mainland sites take us to a variety of habitats and, hopefully, a great assortment of birds, which will be in their most brilliant breeding plumage.  We’ll visit spruce forests, meadows, rocky coastlines, and perhaps other habitats.  Back at camp we’ll talk about how and why birds migrate, ongoing studies of migration, and the conservation challenges facing birds in Maine and all around the world.

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.  

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) 

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. 

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 (207) 360-7733, for updates on the wait list status.

For questions regarding the program, registration, lodging or meals, contact the Audubon Camp program manager at or (207) 360-7733. 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!

Mark Garland
Author and Birding Guide

Jordan RutterDirector of Public RelationsAmerican Bird Conservancy
Holly Merker,
Birding Guide, Author, and Educator

Guest Lecturers and Instructors
Eva Matthews Lark, Hog Island Program Manager

Photo: Anna Shaheen
Photo: Jean Hall
Common Eider Photo: Brian Genge
Monhegan Lighthouse Photo: Eva Lark

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