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LEGENDARY SEARCHER PELAGIC TRIP TICKET UP FOR AUCTION

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  • thunefeld
    Are you up for adventure? Would you like to see a Cook s Petrel, Red-tailed Tropicbird and Craveri s Murrelet., Ashy Storm-Petrel and Least Storm-Petrel? A
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 5, 2009
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      Are you up for adventure? Would you like to see a Cook's Petrel, Red-tailed Tropicbird and Craveri's Murrelet., Ashy Storm-Petrel and Least Storm-Petrel?

      A passenger on the magical September 7-11 SEARCHER pelagic trip had a family emergency and generously donated his $1015 ticket to the Buena Vista Audubon Society WHO WILL AUCTION IT OFF THIS WEEKEND.

      This is your opportunity to see great seabirds at a discounted price (and for a good cause) aboard the luxury live-aboard SEARCHER, sailing this Monday (Labor Day aSept 7) at noon from San Diego to the bird-rich Channel Islands, then to the famous-for-rarities San Juan Seamount, then out to the deep water off the Continental Shelf down to the Mexican border (where SEARCHER'S crew saw a COOK'S PETREL a few days ago) arriving back at the dock in San Diego Friday morning September 11 at dawn.

      THE TICKET IS UP FOR AUCTION NOW AND BIDS ARE BEING TAKEN NOW. Per the wishes of the donor, all proceeds are generously donated to the Buena Vista Audubon Society (BVAS). The ticket will be awarded Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time OR SOONER if in the judgment of BVAS a satisfactory bid comes in from a bidder who needs the additional time to make plans (airline reservations, travel, etc).

      Please email your bid to thunefeld@.... All bidders will be updated by email of most recent bid, thereby enabling bidders to increase their bid. If you provide your cell phone number in the bid, you will also receive updates in real time by text. BVAS reserves the right to accept any bid at any time and end the auction early if it judges acceptance of an early bid to be in its best interest. We will play no favorites - it is the intent of BVAS and the intent of the donor to obtain the maximum contribution for BVAS. IF NO BID IS ACCEPTED BY SUNDAY AT 6:00 P.M. PACIFIC TIME, THE HIGHEST BIDDER AT THAT TIME WILL WIN THIS ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME LEGEND PELAGIC TRIP.

      A MasterCard or Visa deposit of $200 will secure the high bid, balance payable at the dock in a check payable to BVAS. You may also call me, Terry Hunefeld, at (760) 908 3453 if you have any questions.

      Deep water pelagic experts Ned Brinkley (Editor of North American Birds) and Todd McGrath will lead the September 7-11 Searcher trip assisted by 40-years-on-the-Pacific-birder Dave Povey (more than 70 San Diego area pelagic Christmas bird counts under his belt) and pelagic seabirding enthusiast Terry Hunefeld.

      September SEARCHER trips from 2003-2008 have amassed an amazing list of species seen: Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Bulwer's Petrel, Murphy's Petrel, Cook's Petrel, Hawaiian Petrel, Flesh-footed Shearwater, Buller's Shearwater, Pink-Footed Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Black-vented Shearwater, Least Storm-Petrel, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Ashy Storm-Petrel, Black Storm-Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, Red-necked Phalarope, Red Phalarope, South Polar Skua, Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaeger, Long-tailed Jaeger, Sabine's Gull, Arctic Tern, Pigeon Guillemot, Common Murre, Xantus's Murrelet, Craveri's Murrelet, Cassin's Auklet, Rhinoceros Auklet.

      Learn more about this incredible trip:
      http://socalbirding.com/release/searchersep711.html

      Terry Hunefeld, Grand Rapids Michigan (home of Gerald Ford and Amway) until September 6. At sea on SEARCHER Sept 7-11.
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