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500 Route 1, Suite 9
Yarmouth, ME 04096
Phone: 207-846-8002
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            The Wild Bird Center of Yarmouth is pleased to announce an expanded selection of travel, tours,        workshops, and other outings. We look forward to additional offerings in the near future. As soon as     trips and programs are scheduled, they will be added here.

And don't forget to join us for a free local birdwalk every Saturday at 8:00am.
Down East Spring Birding Festival
May 23-26, 2008

Derek will be leading two trips at this year's Down East Birding Festival.

On Sunday, 5/25, he will be joining Andy Patterson on a boat trip to Machias Seal Island, and on Monday, 5/26, he will be co-leading a hike at Trescott-Commissary Point and Leighton Point.

See www.downeastbirdingfest.org for more information.
Terns of Casco Bay
Saturday, June 21st: 7:00-10:00am.
Cost - $50.

Join us aboard the Lucky Catch for a 3-hour cruise to view breeding seabirds and other Portland Harbor denizens. This relaxing trip aboard a 37' Maine-built lobster boat, designed to be smooth and stable on ocean waters. During the summer she is equipped to carry passengers comfortably and safely around Casco Bay; however, from November thru April, she is still an active commercial fishing vessel.

Our tour will take us past historic forts and lighthouses en route to Outer Green Island where we will observe a large, active colony of over 700 pairs of Common Terns. We’ll also look for the endangered Roseate Terns that breed among them. We’re likely to encounter Common Eiders, Black Guillemots, and others that breed around the island, as well as on the journey to and fro. In the summer of 2006, a Bridled Tern lingered here for a few weeks, a Peregrine Falcon put on a show during one of our trips, and a couple of oversummering Great Cormorants were seen as well.

If tide and time permit, we will check Casco Bay for Bald Eagles, Osprey, and hauled-out Harbor Seals. Trips in 2007 produced a Lesser Black-backed Gull and the locally nesting Peregrine Falcons in Portland Harbor.Contact the Wild Bird Center for more information or to register for the trip. $5 per person will be donated to the Puffin Project to assist in their efforts on Outer Green Island. Seating is limited to 14 participants per trip, so sign up early!
Portland 1/2 Day Pelagic
Saturday, July 12: 5:30am to 11:30am.
Cost - $75

Join the Wild Bird Center and See Life Paulagics as we team up to offer a repeat of our successful half-day pelagic excursion from Portland this summer! Spend a half-day aboard the Odyssey whale watch boat with expert guiding as we explore the waters off of Southern Maine.

After enjoying Black Guillemots, Common Eider, and other Casco Bay denizens, we’ll head towards one or two tern colonies. Staying safely (for the terns, and the boat!) offshore, we’ll check for Roseate and/or Arctics among the multitudes of Commons. A Bridled Tern, Yellow-nosed Albatross, and Magnificent Frigatebird were all seen from these islands in the summer of 2006, so you never know what we might TERN up!

We’ll then use Captain Dan Yates’ experience to guide us farther offshore, searching for deep-water specialties, such as Cory’s, Greater, Sooty, and Manx Shearwater, along with Wilson’s Storm-Petrel, and if we’re REALLY lucky, such treats as Leach’s Storm-Petrel and South Polar Skua.

Some of the marine mammal possibilities at this time of year are Fin Whale, Minke Whale, Humpbacked Whale, Common Dolphin, and Atlantic White-sided Dolphin and Harbor Seals are to be expected.

Since there have been few recent efforts in searching for pelagics in this area, we don’t know what to expect – other than having a good time, and seeing at least something interesting!

Trip reports from our extremely successful 2007 outing can be found here:
Derek's Blog on Mainetoday.com
and
Kirk Roger's Photography

Contact See Life Paulagics See-Life Paulagics or the Wild Bird Center of Yarmouth (www.yarmouthbirds.com) for more information. For reservations, contact See Life Paulagics at info@paulagics.com, or by calling 215-234-6805.
Surf & Turf: Terns and Sparrows of Southcoastal Maine.
Sunday, July 13: 6:00am to 12:00pm.
Cost - $25

This “turf” (aka land-based) trip is designed specifically for folks visiting from “away” to join us on our Saturday 1/2 day pelagic (the “surf” half!). Priority is reserved for out-of-state residents who are registered for our Portland Pelagic trip on the 14th. The maximum number of participants for this trip will be 10, and open spaces will be filled via a waiting list (for non-pelagic participants).

We meet at 6:00am at Pine Point in Scarborough for carpooling. The trip begins and ends here, so carpooling is mandatory for both ease of travel and parking (some locations have very limited parking), not to mention reducing our use of fossil fuel! We’ll begin at one or two locations to view feeding and/or roosting terns (Roseate, Least, Common, and perhaps Arctic) to “clean up” on any species missed on the pelagic. Other species to expect include Piping Plover, lingering seaducks (all three scoters for example), and lingering/southbound shorebirds.

Our other targets for the day will be Saltmarsh and Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrows in Scarborough Marsh, the core zone of overlap between these two species. Depending on our success with terns and the sparrows, we will then be flexible in our plans, possibly visiting other locations for feeding terns, marshes for the sparrows, chasing rarities, or perhaps visiting one of the area’s other unique locations, such as the Kennebunk Plains (Grasshopper Sparrow, Upland Sandpiper, etc), but this will depend on interest and timing (after we are satisfied with the terns and sparrow targets).
Portland Full-Day (12 hour!) Pelagic
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Cost - $140

Join the Wild Bird Center and See Life Paulagics as we team up to a full, 12-hour day aboard the Odyssey whale watch boat with expert guiding as we explore the waters off of Southern Maine.

Under the cover of darkness (well, technically twilight), we will motor straight out to deep water, where dawn will find us offshore and likely surrounded by diving Northern Gannets. We’ll use our Captain’s experience, depth charts, radar and more, as we search for deep-water specialties, such as Cory’s, Greater, Sooty, and Manx Shearwater, along with Wilson’s and Leach’s Storm-Petrel. This trip also gives us the chance to catch migrants, such as Red and Red-necked Phalarope, and all three Jaegers: Parasitic, Pomarine, and perhaps maybe even a Long-tailed! Other possibilities include Northern Fulmar, Great Skua, and of course we’ll have our fingers crossed for a rarity or two!

Since there have been few recent efforts in searching for pelagics in this area, we don’t know what to expect – other than having a good time, and seeing at least something interesting!

Some of the marine mammal possibilities at this time of year are Fin Whale, Minke Whale, Humpbacked Whale, Common Dolphin, and Atlantic White-sided Dolphin, and Harbor Seals are to be expected.

Because of the length of this trip, we are limiting participation to NO MORE THAN 25 PARTICIPANTS – to ensure participant comfort in case of inclement weather in the ever-changing conditions of the autumn in the Gulf of Maine – so sign up soon! We do not expect to be able to accept walk-ons for this trip.

Lunches will be available for pre-order and delivered fresh to the boat. Contact the Wild Bird Center of Yarmouth for more info.

Contact See Life Paulagics (www.paulagics.com) or the Wild Bird Center of Yarmouth (www.yarmouthbirds.com) for more information. For reservations, contact See Life Paulagics at info@paulagics.com, or by calling 215-234-6805.
California and Arizona: Deserts in Winter with WINGS
January 30 to February 8, 2009

Join Derek and Paul Lehman for this WINGS adventure. Take a break from the long, dark Maine winter, and a tremendous birdlist awaits!

“Mid- to late January is a wonderful time to visit the low deserts of the Southwest. Although nights and early mornings can be cold, days are pleasantly mild and wintering birds are everywhere. Our short tour will begin in the coastal habitats around San Diego, and then move over the Laguna Mountains to the Salton Sea and Imperial Valley. Crossing into Arizona we’ll explore the Yuma and Phoenix areas and then travel south to the Lower Sonoran Desert and mountain canyons near Tucson. We’ll conclude by visiting a corner of the Chihuahuan Desert just west of the Chiricahua Mountains before returning to Tucson. The great variety of habitats visited will produce an extensive list of birds—over 240 species are usually recorded.” Some of the highlights will include Black-vented Shearwaters, California Gnatcatchers and other coastal scrub specialists, Tricolored Blackbirds in coastal California, masses of waterfowl and the Yellow-footed Gull in the Salton Sea, desert specialties such as Crissal Thrasher, Broad-billed Hummingbirds, and Rufous-winged Sparrows, Mountain Plovers, and finishing in the fabled Southeast Arizona canyons, streambeds, and grasslands featuring treats such as Mexican Jays and Painted Redstarts – and much, much, more.

For more information, such as a detailed itinerary and a bird list, or to sign up for this trip, visit http://wingsbirds.com/tours/view/97

Other links:
2008 Tour Narrative

And that remarkable Bird List!

ECUADOR
TBA, 2009
Cost - TBA

Join Jeannette and Derek Lovitch of the Wild Bird Center of Yarmouth for our first International Birding Adventure in Ecuador. We’ve teamed up with industry leader, Tropical Birding, to provide this amazing opportunity. We’ll use local guides, supplied by Tropical Birding, to find birds, with Derek and Jeannette assisting participants with “getting on the birds,” logistics, and customer service. Essentially, participants will be receiving three (or more!) guides for the price of one!

This will be a magical experience, and we hope to share it with you. We will take between 8 and 15 people for each half of the tour, to limit group size and maintain at the very least a 5:1 client to guide ratio!

The Andes Introtour.

TBA, 2009.
$TBA from Quito.

After one night in Quito, we’ll be based at the world-famous Tandayapa Bird Lodge (its feeders host up to 20 species of hummingbirds an hour!!!) for the week. From there, expert, local guides will introduce us to the avian wonders of Ecuador and the Neotropics as we sample a diverse array of habitats from the 11,100 foot Pichincha Volcano’s temperate forests (including a search for the glorious Andean Cock-of-the-Rock) to lower elevation foothill forest. Then, from tropical rainforest to dry mountain scrub, we’ll see an astounding diversity of birds.

A detailed itinerary can be found on the Tropical Birding Website

All arrangements will be made through Tropical Birding, who can be reached at info@tropcialbirding.com, by visiting www.tropicalbirding.com, or by calling – toll-free – 800-348-5941.