Each program, with its seasonal theme, sharpens the observation skills of the participants and leaves them with a greater understanding of the science of ecology.
From New Harbor, Maine aboard the Hardy Boat
With RAVEN Interpretive Programs’ Chris Lewey
June 9th, 2016 2 PM
Boat departs at 2 PM sharp … two-hour cruise to Eastern Egg Rock, the southernmost nesting colony of Atlantic Puffins. There are about 150 nesting pairs of Atlantic Puffins on EER. New Harbor is only 5 miles from Eastern Egg Rock making it the closest, easiest and most convenient way to see these fascinating birds. You spend less time traveling and more time with the birds.
On the way to the EER you will see Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Franklin Island Lighthouse, Monhegan Island, Monhegan Island Lighthouse, the islands of Muscongus Bay and a spectacular view of the Camden Hills. The boat circles EER at a distance of 40 – 150 feet from the rocky shoreline. Puffins are frequently sighted on the water and often seen 25 – 30 feet from the boat.
There are several other species of birds to also see on this cruise and we’ll attempt to get good looks at all of them, including: Common and Arctic Terns, the endangered Roseate Tern, Black Guillemot, Common Eider Duck, Double-crested Cormorants (and occasionally Great Cormorants), Herring Gull, Greater Black-Backed Gull, and Laughing Gull. Occasional sightings from the Hardy Boat include: Surf Scoter, Razorbill (frequently seen in May and June), Greater Cormorant, Purple Sandpipers, Rudy Turnstone, and Northern Gannet. The migratory seabird colony on EER is protected during the breeding and nesting season. No people, other than Project Puffin biologists, are allowed on the Island.
The boat will circle the island for about 40 minutes. The upper deck provides for a 360º view providing great birding experiences. The lower deck is protected from the sun and weather and has two toilets available for guests. The galley has hot and cold beverages and healthy snacks and are available throughout the cruise. We have used the Hardy III for years and have always had a great experience working with them on this wonderful Maine Coast adventure!
• Cost of the trip is $30 per person from New Harbor and we will have the boat to ourselves as this is a RAVEN charter…payment can be made at the time of registration. Detailed joining instructions will be sent at the time of registration, including directions and what to bring.
• Cost includes a preview presentation at Tin Mountain Conservation Center on Thursday, May 5th at 7 PM … This program at TMCC will outline this upcoming adventure and will take a look at the natural history of the Atlantic Puffin and include a preview of the species that we would expect to see on this cruise. We’ll investigate just why Eastern Egg Rock is so special for these nesting Puffins and seabirds there. Wrapping up the program, we’ll have a discussion of how folks can prepare for the trip educationally and what they should bring with them.
As a sneak preview of what we anticipate seeing on this exciting adventure, watch this Youtube presentation:
Atlantic Puffins – Return of the Native
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