Date: 8/30/19 11:04 am
From: Clem Nilan <vtclem...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Pelagic birding trips on Lake Champlain
Hi Allan,
Please put me down for Saturday.
Thanks for organizing this again,

On Fri, Aug 30, 2019 at 1:19 PM Allan Strong <Allan.Strong...> wrote:

> 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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