Monhegan Spring Birding Adventure

$1,895.00$3,595.00

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Join us for a 5-day, 4-night guided birding & nature tour on Maine’s hotspot for spring bird migration – Monhegan Island.

Dates: Monday, May 19th through Friday, May 23rd, 2025

  • Times: Departure – meeting at 2pm on Monday, May 19th at Monhegan Boat Lines in Port Clyde, Maine. We will be returning to Port Clyde by 2pm on Friday, May 23rd.

Cancellation policy (please read carefully)

  • Cancellations 60 days or more before the trip receive a full refund minus a $125 admin fee.
  • Cancellations between 60-31 days before the trip receive a 50% refund (minus a $125 admin fee)
  • Cancellations 30 or fewer days before the trip receive no refund or credit as we’re unable to recoup losses on lodging, meals and transport
  • We highly recommend you purchase your own trip cancellation insurance. Things happen and you may need to cancel within a month of the trip. We do not offer this service, but there are many plans out there.
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The Place: Birders are enchanted by the joy and beauty of spring bird migration on Monhegan Island. The chance to see upwards of 20 species of warblers – many singing and at eye level in the blooming apple trees – is one reason why. Coupled with dozens of other neotropical species such as tanagers, orioles, buntings, and more, a good birding day on Monhegan may give you the impression you have gone to birding heaven!  This charming and rugged island is inhabited, yet wild. It has drawn artists and lobstermen, and during the few short weeks of peak migration, it is a migrant trap for birders, too. Both fish and bird stories are swapped each evening at the local brewery or over a spectacular sunset. Our group will explore and wander in search of birds and the island’s natural beauty. Some hikes traverse varied terrain, but all walks are optional, and the best birding is in the village.

The Accommodations: Our group stays at the historic Monhegan House – located in the center of the village. The Monhegan house is quite comfortable while retaining rustic charm. Please note that all rooms utilize shared bathrooms and require climbing or descending at least one flight of stairs. Read room options carefully before booking, please.

Fees: Your trip fee includes 4 nights of lodging at the Monhegan house; early morning coffee, full service, delicious, daily breakfasts & dinners; 2-way boat transportation, and guiding fees (note: lunches are not included in your fee, but there are a few options open for lunch options on the island). Please note Payment is in full* (if full payment isn’t possible, please contact dan@leadwithnature.com to discuss deposit options).

The Guides: Having two skilled guides is unusual on most birding tours. With a max group size of 12 clients, you’re guaranteed ample personal attention and customized learning.

  • Phil Brown is a lifelong bird enthusiast and stellar naturalist who has traveled extensively to study and appreciate birds and natural places, but equally enjoys exploring close to home. With many Monhegan trips under his belt (both spring & fall), Phil is a patient, gentle and extremely knowledgeable teacher with an eye and ear for birds like very few others. He is the Bird Conservation Director and Land Specialist for the Harris Center for Conservation Education in Hancock, New Hampshire. Phil resides in Hancock, NH with his family.
  • Dan Gardoqui has been teaching, guiding, playing and learning from the more-than-human-world for 30+ years. Known for his passionate teaching style and bird mimicry skills, Dan welcomes curiosity and questions to facilitate deep nature connection in his fellow humans. He’s excited to return to Monhegan with Phil again this spring and discover more hidden secrets! Dan’s certifications include: Registered Maine Guide, Wilderness First Aid and Certified Wildlife Tracker. He lives with his family in the Agamenticus region of southern Maine.
Accomodations

Queen Ocean or Meadow View (for a couple – 1 queen bed), Single Meadow View (1 double bed on 2nd floor), Single Ocean or Meadow View (1 double bed on 3rd floor), Single Ocean or Meadow View (1 twin bed 3rd floor), Single Ocean or Meadow View (1 twin bed on 4th floor)

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