>Hello, Mendo Seabirders,
>Now is the time to begin planning for pelagic trips from Fort Bragg.
>Shearwater Journeys will be offering at least 5 trips this year. The dates,
>so far, are: May 11, August 15 & 16, September 21, and October 15. May can
>be a terrific time for albatrosses. Our last May trip found over 400
>Black-footed and nearly 20 Laysan Albatrosses! With such high numbers it is
>always possible that we will attract a Short-tailed or Shy Albatross.
>Murphy's Petrels have been found only 8 miles offshore during May. August
>has produced more mega-rarities than anywhere in North America. We fully
>expect both August trips to sell out well in advance. Our past August trips
>have found: White-capped Albatross, Dark-rumped Petrel (two years in a row),
>Markham's Storm-Petrel, and last year, knock-out views of a Streaked
>Shearwater that flew around the boat for 45 minutes! We also found a
>Yellow-billed Loon on last year's August trip!
>As a special courtesy to Mendo area birders, Shearwater Journeys would like
>to offer the following discounts: May 11-$90; August 15 & 16-$110, September
>21-$110, October 15-$90. (The regular fee for all of these trips is $150).
>This is the total fee. This is sort of like a frequent flier program,
>restrictions apply! You must register in advance by sending the full payment
>along with your name, address, telephone, and email. Please send the same,
>if you are registering others in your party. There will be a LIMITED number
>of spaces available at these prices (just like the airlines!), and there are
>NO REFUNDS! So, don't book unless you are sure you want to go. There are no
>transfers to another trip, if you can't make the one that you sign up for.
>If the trip is weathered-out, you will receive a refund. This is a discount
>for Mendo area birders. If you know birders who are not on this list-serve,
>please pass this message on to them. We would welcome any local birders.
>If you have any questions, please check our web site at
>www.shearwaterjourneys.com for more information, or to email us. Our trips
>are approximately 8-12 hours long and go in all sorts of weather. Our trips
>from Fort Bragg have enjoyed extremely high quality leadership. Past leaders
>have included: Jim Danzenbaker, Sophie Webb, Steve Howell, Jon Dunn, Peter
>Pyle, Todd McGrath, Tristan McKee, Lisa Hug, Mike San Miguel, Debra
>Shearwater and others. We hope that you can join us on these very exciting
>Debi Shearwater <debiluv@...>
>P.O. Box 190
>Hollister, CA 95024
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