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Atlantic Puffin  Maine's birding tour season usually concludes by the end of September.
Most songbirds have departed. Whale-watching and pelagic birding boats generally finish their seasons by Columbus Day. But with the return of colder weather comes the subarctic breeders who winter in Maine, so the fun continues with the arrival of crossbills, finches, harlequin ducks, purple sandpipers, and an ocean full of grebes, scoters, loons, eiders, long-tailed ducks, and buffleheads. See below for tours in 2015 that will likely repeat in 2016.
Fieldguides Maine: Birding Downeast - May 23-31, 2015: Trip leader: Eric Hynes.
Details can be found at the Field Guides web site. Read More.
Katahdin's Splendor Tour Mountains to the Sea x 2 - June 13-17 (3 spaces left) and June 24-28, 2015: Trip leaders: Maine Birding Trail's Bob Duchesne and Schoodic Institute 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 11-13, 2015 (full). Trip leaders: Bob Duchesne and Schoodic Institute Ecology Lab Director Seth Benz.  This short 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 x2 - August 17-21 (full) and August 31-September 4, 2015 (full):  Trip leaders: Bob Duchesne and Schoodic Institute 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 flights 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.
Lakeshore Nature Tours  Monhegan Island - September 13-17, 2015: Trip leader: Brett Ewald
Details can be found at the Lakeshore Nature Tours web site. Read More.