June 9-14, 2013
Hone your birding skills with some of America's top birders,
including famed authors while reveling in more than 200 species of New England birds, from warblers and thrushes to puffins and guillemots.
Mid-June is the peak of the nesting season, and participants will take a boat trip to visit Eastern Egg Rock, home to Atlantic Puffins, Black Guillemots and Roseate, Common and Arctic
Terns. At this time, the island is a hub of activity during the egg-laying and hatching season.
A stop at nearby Wreck Island offers close-up views of a Great Blue Heron colony and views of chicks in large aerial nests.
On mainland trips we will visit nearby
mainland birding hotspots that offer habitat for shorebirds, forest, and marsh birds. Hog Island itself is
home to Bald Eagles, Ospreys and dozens of species of nesting songbirds, such as
Parula, Blackburnian, and Black-throated Green Warblers.
Read about a camper's experience in 2012.
"Your program, staff, environs and heritage are an absolute TREASURE. Memories of the "Joy of Birding" week will live contentedly in my heart for a very long time. Thank you for caring about our wonderful world and it's future."- Rick, CAD programmer, Pennsylvania
Whether you're a
beginning birder or an old hand, our enthusiastic, engaging instructors, small-group field trips, and
informal instruction will make you a far better birder. Read more about the difference between Joy of Birding and Field Ornithology.
Prices include meals, housing, instruction and all boat trips. Participants must arrange transportation to and from the Audubon dock in Bremen at the start and end of the session (see directions page). Scholarships are availalble. Also check with your local Audubon chapter or bird club.
$895 twin bed in the Queen Mary loft, 6 beds total
$995 twin bed in a shared double or triple room, shared bathroom
$1095 Puffin room in the Crow's Nest
(2 twin beds, private 1/2 bath)
$1295 single room in Porthole Lodge (only 2 available), shared bathroom
$1245 Osprey room, price per person (2) for room with two twin beds, private bath, bay view
$1495 Helm Cabin, price per person (2) for private cabin with bathroom, double bed, porch, ocean view
"All mind-bogglingly wonderful! I had such a great time. I not only learned a lot, but it hit me for the first time, how much the birding leaders know: Weather, geology, geography, botany, entomology, predator-prey relationships........egad! I was frankly a little awed by being in the presence of such great leaders in the field. So impressive!" - Jan, occupational therapist, Connecticut
Chris Lewey, Director, RAVEN Interpretive Programs
Stephen Kress, Director, Seabird Restoration Program
Wayne Petersen, Director, Important Bird Areas, Massachusetts Audubon
Pete Salmansohn, Education Coordinator, Seabird Restoration Program
Susan Schubel, Outreach Educator, Seabird Restoration Program
Clay Sutton, author and field biologist, Cape May NJ
Pat Sutton, naturalist, writer & photographer, Cape May NJ
Additional instructors to be announced.