Date: 8/30/19 10:19 am
From: Allan Strong <Allan.Strong...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Pelagic birding trips on Lake Champlain
Dear VT Birders,

I've got UVM's research vessel, the Melosira, reserved for another Lake Champlain "pelagic trip" on 14 (Sat) and 15 (Sun) September.

The trips will be about 4 hours (7:30-11:30) and the cost will be $50.00.

The trip is a fun way to get out into the Lake, but there are no guarantees about what sort of birds we will find. We've had some really nice sightings of unusual birds (jaegers and Sabine's Gull), but we've also had some slow days as well. The trip will be right at the "peak" for jaeger migration, and, well, who knows what else? We'll also be chumming on both trips with the goal of bringing birds close to the boat.

A note about the Melosira. It is a steady boat, but if the water is choppy, viewing can be challenging as you are watching from a moving platform. Additionally, the boat is designed to chase fish and the things fish eat (like zooplankton), so it is not designed to get anywhere in a hurry. If an unusual bird comes whizzing by the boat, we probably won't have much luck in trying to outrun it for a better look.

But, this is a totally different perspective on birding, and we might just find some really cool birds!

If you are interested:
1) Please send me an email <astrong...> (not to the entire listserv)
2) Let me know which day is of interest - Sat or Sun. I can only run two trips this year, so to maximize the number of birders that can get out on the water, I would like to limit folks to one day or the other.
3) Include your mailing address and phone number

Looking forward to it!

Allan Strong
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