Date: 5/22/19 10:40 am From: Jon Woolf <jsw...> Subject: [NHBirds] NHA Spring Pelagic Trip - Last Call
There's still time to sign up for NH Audubon's spring Pelagic Birding Trip. We have plenty of room left, and the long-range weather forecast looks good, so if you were thinking about signing up, now's the time!
WHAT: An all-day trip into the Gulf of Maine, looking for pelagic birds (although we'll also check out any whales and other marine life that we encounter). As always, we've chartered the whale-watching boat Granite State for this day of birding along Jeffreys Ledge and wherever else the birds may lead us.
WHEN: Monday, May 27th (Memorial Day).
WHERE: Meet dockside at Rye Harbor at 7:30AM for an 8:00AM departure. We should return to Rye Harbor around 5pm.
WHAT TO BRING: Binoculars, of course. A lunch if you want to. A digital camera if you have one -- these trips often produce excellent photo opportunities for both whales and birds. Weather on the open water is unpredictable, so dress warm, in multiple layers. Certainly bring sunscreen, and either sunglasses or a hat. Bring motion-sickness pills if you're vulnerable to seasickness. Granite State's seating is mostly wooden benches, so a seat cushion is a good idea if you have trouble with sitting on hard surfaces.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Hopefully, good weather and lots of interesting birds!
REGISTRATION: You must register in advance for this trip. We need a minimum of 30 people to pay for the trip. We've set a maximum of 50 so that the boat doesn't get too crowded. Cost is $70 for NH Audubon members, $90 for non-members.
To sign up, please either call or email Massabesic Audubon Center (phone 603-668-2045, email <mac...>), or use the NH Audubon website: https://nh-audubon-nature-store.myshopify.com/products/mac-pelagic-trip-1 To go with the trip, I will be holding a 1-hour workshop at Massabesic Center on Saturday May 25th, as a basic introduction to the most common pelagic birds and how to identify them. Since we generally see both whales and birds on these trips, the workshop also includes information on the common whales of the Gulf of Maine.
Contact either MAC or me with any questions you might have. Please be certain that you leave a phone number or email address where you can be contacted on Sunday May 26th, in case we have to cancel due to weather. There is no rain date; we go on the 27th, or not at all.
-- Jon Woolf Manchester, NH (Massabesic Audubon Center Volunteer)