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SERC New for 2014: Several tours team up with the Schoodic Education and Research Center (SERC). These all-inclusive tours feature extended itineraries into more hidden areas of Maine. SERC is located on Schoodic Peninsula, surrounded by portions of Acadia National Park. The apartment accommodations and idyllic location make it an extraordinary base of operations for several new tours in 2014, as noted below. Seth Benz is SERCís Director of the Schoodic Bird Ecology Lab and co-leads these incredible tours.
Downeast Big Day Downeast Big Day - May 28, 2014 (Full): Trip leader: Bob Duchesne.
This one-day tour is an extension of the Acadia Birding Festival. It is a 14 hour birding blitz along the northern coast of Maine, designed to be flexible for those who are making festival plans. We'll meet in Machias and spend the day searching all the secret hot spots in this vicinity, targeting Spruce Grouse, Boreal Chickadees, Gray Jays, and up to 100 other species in just one day!  Read more.
Bicknell's Thrush Tour Boreal Forest Big Day - June 2, 2014 (Full): Trip leader: Bob Duchesne.
This one-day tour is an extension of the Acadia Birding Festival. We begin in Bangor and head for a secret spot deep in the Maine forest known for boreal species, especially American Three-toed and Black-backed Woodpeckers. Expect challenging warblers such as Bay-breasted, Mourning, Tennessee, and Blackpoll, and northern flycatchers such as Yellow-bellied and Olive-sided.  Read more.
Fieldguides Maine: Birding Downeast - May 31 - June 8, 2014: Trip leader: Eric Hynes.
Details can be found at the Field Guides web site. Read More.
Pittston Farm Group Historic Pittston Farm - June 6-8, 2014 (Full):  Bob Duchesne.
Due to the location of this historic base camp deep in the woods above Moosehead Lake, this continues to be one of the most popular tours. It usually achieves the highest species count of any tour. We'll share the dirt highways with loggers and moose. Targets include all boreal species, with emphasis on Black-backed Woodpecker, Boreal Chickadee, and Evening Grosbeaks. Twenty species of warbler are likely, including Mourning, Bay-breasted, Cape May, Blackpoll, and Tennessee. Target sparrows include singing Fox and Lincoln's. At least six species of flycatcher are probable, including Alder, Olive-sided and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers.  Read more.
Katahdin's Splendor Tour Mountains to the Sea x 2 - June 10-14 (Full) and June 23-27, 2014 (Going fast): Trip leaders: Bob Duchesne and SERC Ecology Lab Director Seth Benz. In the Maine Highlands, Baxter State Park surrounds Mt. Katahdin, the state's highest peak. At 210,000 acres, it is more than four times the size of Acadia National Park. The scenery on this adventure is equal to the variety and rarity of birds to be found here. We'll chase every bird possible in the northern half of the state, then move to the downeast coast to enjoy puffins, sea birds, and early pelagic species. Read more.
Petit Manan  Authentic Downeast - July 22-26, 2014. This new tour is offered in partnership with SERC. Trip leaders: Bob Duchesne and SERC Ecology Lab Director Seth Benz.  This tour is based entirely at the Schoodic Education and Research Center in the heart of the Schoodic Peninsula portion of Acadia National Park. Daytrips will chase boreal species into the spruce/fir maritime forest, wander up onto Maine's immense blueberry barrens for Upland Sandpipers, and venture out to sea for puffins and pelagics. It's the real downeast experience, happening right in the heart of summer. Read more.
Lubec Sand Flats  Maine's Winged Migration x 2 - August 19-23 and September 2-6, 2014: These new tours are offered in partnership with SERC. Trip leaders: Bob Duchesne and SERC Ecology Lab Director Seth Benz. In late summer, shorebirds stream down the Maine coast, pelagic species flood the waters just offshore, and songbirds congregate in foraging flocks while preparing for their long flight south. We'll spend two days in and around Acadia National Park, venturing offshore. Then, we'll shift up the coast to where shorebirds and boreal forest birds are more prevalent. Oh, my!  Read more.
WINGS  The Maine Coast in Fall - September 13-20, 2014: Trip leader: Derek Lovitch
Details can be found at the WINGS web site. Read More.
Lakeshore Nature Tours  Monhegan Island - September 17-21, 2014: Trip leader: Brett Ewald
Details can be found at the Lakeshore Nature Tours web site. Read More.