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

Join Us for an Extraordinary Birdwatching Adventure

Biodiversity Research Institute partnerede with Sailing Ships Maine (formerly Tall Ships® Maine) to offer a very special birdwatching cruise aboard the 131' schooner Harvey Gamage. We cruised from Rockland, Maine to some of the islands off the coast such as Isle au Haut and Matinicus Rock.
 
We will sail again next year - tentative dates: August 3-7, 2020
 
To see a recap of the event, click here.
 
 
Come Sail with Us

Come Sail with Us

Join BRI and Sailing 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 $495 per adult. Proceeds from the cruise will go to support BRI's wildlife research. 

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

Deb joined BRI in early 2011 to develop the Institute’s communications program. Over the course of her tenure at BRI, she has created unique opportunities for the general public to explore the world of wildlife through creative avenues including writing, photography, and art. Check out our section on linking Science and Art.

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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