• Fall Migration with VCE on Monhegan Island

    Songbirds, Scenery, Science, and Serenity

    September 26 – 29, 2019

    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 26 - 29, 2019.

    lark-sparrow-trapMonhegan 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, Conservation Biologist Jason Hill, Conservation Biologist Rosalind Renfrew, and Associate Director Susan Hindinger. In addition to leading daily birding outings around the island, Chris, John, 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 26, for our one-hour ferry crossing. Our return ferry trip on Sunday, September 29th arrives back at Port Clyde by 2PM.


    Single Occupancy – $1250
    Double Occupancy – $1175 per person
    Suite (private bath) – $1375 per person  (Please note: As of March 14, both suites have been reserved and are no longer available.)

    What’s Included

    Your fee includes ferry transportation, parking at the dock, lodging, coffee and warm pastry at dawn each morning, a full breakfast each day, three suppers (including a lobster bake), a cocktail gathering (BYOB), more birds than you can handle, spectacular scenery, porpoises, whales (sometimes), butterflies and dragonflies, evening lectures, lots of ocean, and all gratuities except for the truck driver who carries our luggage.


    Space in this outing is limited. You can register online through our handy form, or send an email to VCE Development Coordinator Sarah Carline. For questions about the ferry, the island, lodging, food and other logistics, send an email to Susan Hindinger or call her at 802-649-1431 x 203.

    Images from 2019 (Click on an image to enlarge and start the slideshow)

    You’ll find a treasure trove of gorgeous photos from VCE’s trips to Monhegan Island—including the the flora and fauna that call it home—at Jim Block Photography: