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Andreas Trepte, www.photo-natur.de

ATLANTIC PUFFIN. Photo by Andreas Trepte, http://www.photo-natur.de

This exciting trip to Maine will focus on the coastal region known as Downeast and Acadia. The coast of Maine is beautiful and rugged with numerous peninsulas and islands creating thousands of miles of shoreline.  One of these islands is Mount Desert Island, where the bulk of Acadia National Park is located, a premier Maine vacation destination.

On our second day we will drive to the world famous town of Bar Harbor located on Mount Desert Island.  Here we will stroll the streets of this resort town and enjoy birding from the harbor as well as the “quieter side” of the island.  We may even celebrate with a feast of Maine Lobster for dinner!

We will enjoy the  picturesque and stunning landscapes of Mount Desert Island Acadia National Park as we bird both the woodlands and the shores of this world renown birding site. Expect breeding warblers, songbirds, shorebirds and other coastal birds.

We will also bird Schoodic peninsula that contains a non-contiguous part of Acadia National Park. The loop road runs closer to the water than the road on Mt. Desert Island and we will take this scenic drive as well as bird this comparatively remote area. We may stop at a small local restaurant to enjoy a Maine lobster sandwich for lunch.

On another day we will take boat tour for pelagic birds such as Sooty and Greater Shearwaters and Wilson’s Storm-Petrel. We will also visit an island to see colonial nesting birds such as Atlantic Puffin, Razorbill, Common Murre, Black Guillemot, Arctic and Roseate terns, Piping Plover, Common Eider, and Great Cormorant. For dinner we might sample Maine Lobster as it is prepared in one of the many small towns.

How could one visit Maine and not stop in at the iconic outdoor store L.L. Bean? So, one day during our travels, we will make a short visit to update our wardrobe, if needed. Did I mention that we would also stop regularly and sample the many ways that Maine Lobster is prepared? Well, we will! Although the avian spectacle is our reason to visit Maine, the rugged, rocky coastline, picturesque lighthouses, quaint fishing towns, and fresh Maine lobster will also be a significant part of the tour.

Trip Outline:

July 08, 2013 . Monday. We will fly into Portland, ME  arriving late that afternoon. Our first night will be spent just outside Portland and en route to our birding locations.

July 09-12   Tuesday-Friday. Birding Acadia National Park, Boreal Woodlands, Shorelines, and Boat Tour for Nesting birds, visit L.L. Bean store. Eating Maine Lobster.

July 12  Friday afternoon return to Portland.

July 13 Saturday.  Depart Portland returning to our homes.

Tour Pricing: Tour pricing includes ground transportation to and from Portland Maine, room accommodation for five (5) nights, drinking water, guide and driver service, boat tour for colonial nesting birds. Tour pricing excludes airfare, meals (unless breakfast is provided at hotel), tips, gratuities, alcohol, and personal items.

Double Occupancy  $ 1,935

Single/Private Occupancy   $ 1,985

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