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Events: Coastal Birdwatching Cruise 2019
Events: Coastal Birdwatching Cruise 2019

Join Us for an Extraordinary Birdwatching Adventure

Biodiversity Research Institute is partnering with Tall Ships® Maine to offer a very special birdwatching cruise aboard the 131' schooner Harvey Gamage. We  will travel north from Rockland, Maine along the coast and back, August 24-26, 2019. 
 
We invite you to join us on this very special adventure along the beautiful Maine coast!
Come Sail with Us

Come Sail with Us

Join BRI and Tall Ships® Maine on a three-day birdwatching tour aboard the Harvey Gamage (pictured left). The cruise will depart from Rockland, Maine on August 24th and return to Rockland on August 26th. While on the cruise we expect to see a variety of coastal and marine birds as well as other wildlife. 

Included Features

  • Three-day two-night birdwatching cruise aboard the beautiful 131' schooner Harvey Gamage
  • Guided birdwatching tours by BRI seabird expert Iain Stenhouse and BRI sea duck expert Lucas Savoy
  • Optional field journal writing workshops by professional instructor Deborah McKew
  • All meals on board (dinner Saturday through lunch Monday)
  • A fun and experienced sailing crew

Pricing and Registration

Cost for this all-inclusive, three-day cruise is just $595 per adult. Proceeds from the cruise will go to support BRI's wildlife research.

Early Bird Special -- register before July 1 for early-bird pricing of $495 per adult. SAVE $100
 
Click here to register.
Iain Stenhouse

Iain Stenhouse

Iain is the senior science director and marine bird program director at BRI. His passion for seabirds and remote islands was forged on the rugged west coast of his native Scotland. On completing his undergraduate degree, Iain worked as a research ornithologist with Scottish Natural Heritage mainly studying rapidly increasing goose populations and their interactions with agriculture in northern Scotland. Determined to study seabirds, however, he moved to Newfoundland to take on graduate research studies. During his time in eastern Canada, Iain investigated the habitat use and breeding success of Leach's Storm-Petrels in Newfoundland, and the reproductive and behavioral ecology of Sabine's Gulls in the eastern Arctic. As part of a post-doctoral fellowship with the Canadian Wildlife Service, he co-authored a status report on the Ivory Gull, which resulted in the species being uplisted to Endangered in Canada.
 
Read Iain's full bio here.
 

(Left: Iain holds a Black Guillemot on Little Duck Island)

Lucas Savoy

Lucas Savoy

Lucas Savoy earned his B.S. in environmental studies (wildlife biology and management) from Unity College. He joined BRI in 2000 as a wildlife research biologist. Early in his career, he focused primarily on Common Loon contaminant and breeding ecology field studies across North America, while also developing an interest in waterfowl conservation. He is currently the director of the waterfowl program and has focused his research on numerous species of waterfowl. He is also the acting director for BRI's loon program.

Read Lucas's full bio here.

(Left: Lucas releases a tagged Common Eider in Casco Bay)

Deborah McKew

Deborah McKew

Joining BRI in early 2011 to develop the Institute’s communications program, Deb fully utilizes her skills and expertise as science journalist, editor, desktop publisher, marketing communications specialist, and grammar police. Over the course of her tenure at the wildlife institute, she has written, edited, and produced a wide variety of scientific communications pieces that help elucidate the complex science that ultimately informs those who are charged with the stewardship of our natural environment.

Read Deb's full bio here.

(Left: Deb writing in a cafe in Siena, Italy)

 
Photo Credits: Header: Harvey Gamage © John Belanger; Harvey Gamage with Lighthouse © Foreside Photography; all others © BRI
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