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Isles of Shoals Birding and Exploring with NH Audubon

Isles of Shoals Birding and Exploring with NH Audubon

Join NH Audubon President Doug Bechtel, Biologists Becky Suomala and Diane De Luca, and the staff at Shoals Marine Lab on Appledore Island for a three-day birding adventure!
Monday Sept. 3 – Wednesday Sept. 5
Experience the magic of the Isles of Shoals in early fall. Two nights on Appledore Island will give us the opportunity to explore the diversity of the islands. Over 200 species of songbirds, seabirds, and waterfowl occur on Appledore as migrants – making it a perfect spot to observe fall movements.

Blue-headed Vireo, by David Forsyth.

The Appledore Island Migration Banding Station will be in operation and we will have the chance to observe songbird migrants up close. Neighboring White and Seavey Islands are home to a thriving Common, Roseate and Arctic tern colony after restoration efforts were initiated in 1997. Most of the terns will have started their southern journey, but we will take a boat tour of the islands, hear project details, and land if possible.

Magnolia Warbler, by Dyanna Smith.

In addition to all the spectacular birding that the islands have to offer, we will take time to explore other aspects of Appledore, home of the Shoals Marine Lab and Celia Thaxter’s garden. Activities may include exploring the intertidal, an island history walk, or learning about the innovative Shoals Marine Lab research programs focused on understanding and sustaining the marine environment.
Trip details:
The trip out to Appledore departs from Portsmouth on Monday, September 3 at 3:45pm. Participants need to arrive at the dock by 3pm. On Wednesday, September 5 the boat departs Appledore at 2:15pm, arriving back in Portsmouth by 3pm.
Cost: $685 per person includes all boat transportation, lodging and meals on Appledore Island – including a lobster dinner.
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For questions, contact Doug Bechtel.