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1548Audubon Camp in Maine programs on Hog Island

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  • Erica Van Etten
    Nov 29, 2010
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      Hi -- this may be of interest to folks, especially if there are any Hog Island alumni out there?...

      The National Audubon Society has opened registration for their famous week-long birding and environmental education programs at the historic Audubon Camp in Maine on Hog Island.  Instructors include Pete Dunne, Kenn Kaufman, Scott Weidensaul, Steve Kress, Lang Elliott and many more.  Seven programs are being offered -- 4 birding programs for adults, a teen birding program, an educator's week, and an Audubon Chapter Leadership Program focusing on the Atlantic Flyway Initiative.  2011 is the 75th anniversary of programs on Hog Island, legendary among birders and environmental educators since the time of Roger Tory Peterson, the camp’s first ornithology instructor in 1936.

      The 2011 programs are being organized by National Audubon's Seabird Restoration Program (Project Puffin), which assumed management of the programs from Maine Audubon in 2010 after the programs were cancelled in 2009.  In two ‘service-learning’ sessions participants will work directly with National Audubon biologists from the Seabird Restoration Program to census seabirds and restore nesting habitat on offshore seabird islands. All programs feature a boat trip to visit restored colonies of Atlantic Puffin and Tern (Roseate, Arctic, Common) at Eastern Egg Rock island, as well as workshops, evening presentations, expert birding tours, camaraderie, and fabulous home-cooked meals (lobster!). Housing is in cabins on the island.

      For more information, photos or to enroll, visit http://hogisland.audubon.org. Some scholarships are available - check with your local Audubon chapter or birding club to see if they are sponsoring an adult or teen camper this year.