Join Seth Benz, Schoodic Institute’s Bird Ecology Program Director, aboard the 40′ Tricia Clark, Maine’s original puffin boat. This is a 2.5-hour tour down Frenchman Bay to circumnavigate Petit Manan Island and view the Petit Manan Lighthouse which was constructed in 1857. The light is a conical granite tower, standing at 119 feet tall, making it the second tallest lighthouse in Maine. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Petit Manan light is still in service today.
During this tour, you will also experience the breathtaking views of Mount Desert Island and the Schoodic Peninsula. Petit Manan is home to a variety of seabirds and water-dwelling mammals, most notably the Atlantic puffin. Other species you may see are Razorbills, Arctic Terns, Roseate Terns, Common Terns, Guillemots, Cormorants, Bald Eagles, Eiders, Cormorants and a variety of gulls. Also, both Harbor and Gray Seals call this island home.
The boat launch is at the Winter Harbor Marina at 88 Sargent Street. There is plenty of parking available. Please be at the marina by 9:40 AM to check-in and board the boat. Binoculars and a camera (optional) can enhance the experience, but are not required.
Cost - $85 per person. Limited to 18 participants.
Please call 207-288-9500 to reserve your spot.
All participants must wear a facial mask during the tour. This applies whether you are vaccinated or not. Changes to the status of COVID-19 precautions are monitored closely by Schoodic Institute and are subject to change according to the guidance of the Maine CDC (and U.S. CDC).
Seth Benz, Director - Schoodic Bird Ecology Lab, has amassed nearly 30 years of experience in conservation science and environmental education leadership. He has guided Road Scholar birding trips in Maine, directed Hog Island Audubon Camp (1999-2008), worked as an island supervisor for Project Puffin, served as Education Director of the Audubon Expedition Institute and as Assistant Curator of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania. He is now the director of the Schoodic Bird Ecology Lab, a collaborative field station focused on bird migration, phenology studies, and public participation in scientific research at Acadia National Park.
Seth's hands-on work includes raptor and songbird migration research, hawk watching, tern restoration efforts, bird flight altitude and wind energy studies, telemetry of wintering bald eagles, capturing migratory peregrine falcons at Assateague Island National Seashore, next box monitoring projects with American Kestrel, Eastern Screech Owl, and Eastern Bluebird, and, ecotourism scouting trips to Peru and Mexico.