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Seabirds of Matinicus Rock, New Harbor


This Maine Audubon-organized trip is sure to be a lot of fun!  

A 32-acre island 18 miles offshore at the mouth of Penobscot Bay, Matinicus Rock is one of Maine’s most important seabird nesting colonies. Here, Atlantic puffins, razorbills, common murres, black guillemots, arctic and common terns, and laughing gulls all gather to nest.

Motoring out of New Harbor aboard the Hardy III, we’ll cross the mouth of Muscongus Bay, passing close by the seabird colony at Eastern Egg Rock where roseate terns nest. With plenty of open-water habitat along our route, we could see a good array of pelagic species, including Wilson’s storm-petrels, northern gannets, common murres, phalaropes, greater and sooty shearwaters, black-legged kittiwakes, and jaegers.

Leader:  Jan Pierson leads birding trips throughout the world as founder and president of Field Guides, Inc., a company specializing in international birding tours. Jan has been a Midcoast Maine resident since 1970.


If you are planning to attend, please RSVP and fill out this WAIVER.  (If you've filled out a waiver for us in the past, disregard this message.)

There is no cost for MYBC members... young birders can attend for free.   Those of you who are coming from the south, Lena Moser will pick you up at the Biddeford Park & Ride at 5:45 am sharp.  From there, Lena will drive you up to New Harbor, from where the boat departs.

BRING: A bagged lunch and snacks, a book or other entertainment for when the boat is just motoring for a couple of hours and there's nothing to do, DRESS FOR WINTER (bring gloves, hat, warm coat... dress in layers and bring a roomy backpack into which you can stash extra clothes), and sea sickness medication (if you think you'll need it).


Earlier Event: May 13
Warblerin' at Florida Lake
Later Event: July 15
Sunset Puffin Cruise, New Harbor