Songbirds, Scenery, Science and Relaxation
September 28 – October 1, 2017
Ten miles off Maine’s midcoast, songbirds pour from the skies at dawn on Monhegan Island. Whales feed offshore. And Monarch butterflies stop to find rare nectar at sea. The Vermont Center for Ecostudies invites you to join us for a fall migration spectacle on Monhegan Island from September 28 - October 1, 2017.
Monhegan is renowned for beauty and diversity on an island only 1.5 miles long and a half-mile wide. We expect to find more than 20 warbler species along with migratory oddities such as Lark Sparrow, Blue Grosbeak and Dickcissel. Shearwaters sometimes fly offshore in good numbers. We often see Harbor Porpoises and Minke Whales, as well as Gray Seals and Harbor Seals.
On this outing, you can hike the island’s wooded and shoreline trails, discover migrating birds, or simply sit and watch the waves from one of Monhegan’s dramatic overlooks. You’ll also eat lobster and other fine food at our lodging, Monhegan House.
Your guides are premier biologists and birders: VCE’s Executive Director Chris Rimmer, VCE Conservation Biologists Kent McFarland and Jason Hill, and VCE Associate Director Susan Hindinger. In addition to leading daily birding outings around the island, Chris, Kent, Jason, and Susan will offer informal talks and workshops over dessert in our dining room each night.
Our lodging, Monhegan House, offers the finest hospitality and food on the island. Monhegan House has shared baths – among the most private and clean anywhere.
This outing — four days and three nights — departs from Port Clyde, Maine (near Rockland). You’ll arrive at the dock no later than 2PM on Thursday, September 28, for our one-hour ferry crossing. Our return ferry trip on October 1 arrives back at Port Clyde by 2PM.
Single Occupancy – $1075
Double Occupancy – $1025 per person
Your fee includes ferry transportation, parking at the dock, lodging, coffee and warm pastry at dawn each morning, all breakfasts, three suppers (including a lobster bake), a wine-and-cheese gathering, more birds than you can handle, spectacular scenery, porpoises, whales (sometimes), butterflies and dragonflies, evening lectures, and lots of ocean.
Space in this outing is limited. To register send an email to VCE Assistant Director Susan Hindinger. Susan can also answer any questions you might have about lodging, food and other logistics.