Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Back to Hog Island

Tuesday, June 17, 2008
View of Hog Island from the mainland.

We spent most of the past two days making our way to Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine where Zick and I will be instructors for the next week during the "Joy of Birding" course. Most of this travel time was passed NOT traveling, but sitting in the Jet Blue terminal of JFK airport in New York. But let's not go there. No, really.

Instead of flying to Portland, Maine, we re-directed ourselves to Boston, Massachusetts, and drove north to The Land of the Lobster with some new friends, Eric and Dena. Our luggage magically, was waiting for us at the Portland airport, as was our ride to The Hog, a white van driven by our charming friend Heather (a Hog Island staffer). We got the midnight skiff ride across the harbor from Eric and Seth and crashed out in our cabin at about 1 am.

It was raining last night and still is this morning. And it promises to continue all week, though there is a "possible chance of sun" on Thursday. So, instead, Ill show you some pix from last year.

This is the view you get walking out to our cabin. Nice! I keep expecting to see mermaids and forest sprites out of the corner of my eye.

Common eider.

Common eiders live up to their name here on the coast of Maine. They are big, tanky sea ducks with a long sloping bill. Their colors are much more impressive than I've captured here.

Atlantic puffin.

Hog Island was the original home of Project Puffin, the large and very successful conservation project undertaken to restore the Atlantic puffin as a breeding bird in Maine. We hope to take at least one boat trip out to Eastern Egg Rock to see the "sea toucans."

If you've never been to Hog Island, you should put it on your list—and do it before you're making the Bucket List, dude. This place is magic.


On June 17, 2008 at 1:38 PM NCmountainwoman said...

Have a great trip. If you have time, check out Allied Whale with the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbour. http://www.coa.edu/html/alliedwhale.htm
They have outings for whale watching with naturalists on board. It's a working trip, so the boat is spartan (bring your own food and water). The groups are small (not your average whale watching crowd) and it is a wonderful day.

On June 18, 2008 at 6:09 AM Mary said...

Beautiful place. I hope you have a little sunshine. Enjoy!

On June 18, 2008 at 9:09 AM Rondeau Ric said...

Ok Dude. It is on the list.
Try to stay dry. I think you've started growing mold.