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Special Trips

Celebrating 25 years of ownership in 2018!




MATINICUS ROCK TRIP

Friday June 8th, 2018

Departs at 8:00 am Returns at 4:00 pm, Please contact Maine Audubon for ticketing and information: 207-781-2330

JULY 4TH FIREWORKS CRUISE

Wednesday July 4, 2018

Depart 7:30 pm

Fares

Adults: $30
Children under 12: $18

Reservations required!

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OLDE BRISTOL DAYS FIREWORKS CRUISE

Saturday August 11, 2018

Depart 8 pm

Fares

Adults: $30
Children under 12: $18

Reservations required!

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SPECIAL TRIP INFORMATION

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Seabirds of Matinicus Rock

Friday June 8th, 2018
8:00 am-4:00 pm

Reservations required!

Tickets available ONLY through Maine Audubon
Please call 207-781-2330 for reservations and information!

TRIP DESCRIPTION: A 32-acre island 18 miles offshore at the mouth of Penobscot Bay, Matinicus Rock is one of Maine’s most important seabird nesting colonies. Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Common Murres, Black Guillemots, Arctic and Common Terns, and Laughing Gulls all gather to nest on the island. Motoring out of New Harbor aboard the Hardy III, we’ll cross the mouth of Muscongus Bay, passing close by the seabird colony at Eastern Egg Rock where Roseate Terns nest. With plenty of open-water habitat along our route, we could see a good array of pelagic species, including Wilson’s Storm-petrels, Northern Gannets, Common Murres, phalaropes, Great and Sooty Shearwaters, Black legged Kittiwakes, and jaegers.

PREPARATION: There is plenty of room on board so don’t worry about over-packing. It can be quite cool on the water so please bring sufficient clothing to ensure your comfort. Ocean spray is certainly a possibility. If you have a tendency to get motion sickness, please consult your doctor or pharmacist for the best remedy. There is an enclosed cabin and galley which will have muffins, buns and coffee for breakfast and fish chowder (highly recommended!) for lunch. You will want to pack additional food as well for the long day on the water.

SUGGESTED ITEMS: binoculars, field guides, lunch, snacks, and drinks, waterproof layer, hats and gloves, camera (batteries), warm clothes and footwear, sunglasses and sunscreen

LEADERS:

Jan Pierson is one of the founders of Field Guides and a veteran of more than 35 years of international birding and guiding. He has traveled far and wide to all continents, yet some of his favorite birding experiences remain simple ones: spring warbler migration, savoring good, long looks at birds, be they rare or common, tropical or temperate, and watching other birders thrill at their first-time discoveries.

Doug Hitchcox is Maine Audubon’s Staff Naturalist. He cut his teeth working for Maine Audubon at the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center for six summers where he led tours by land and sea. In his free time he volunteers as the ‘Maine-birds’ listserv moderator, Maine’s eBird reviewer, and Secretary of the Maine Bird Records Committee.


July 4th Fireworks in Boothbay Harbor

Wednesday July 4th, 2018

Depart 7:30 pm Return approx. 10:30 pm

Reservations required for this popular trip!

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This is a fantastic sightseeing trip down the Pemaquid Peninsula to the Pemaquid Lighthouse and beyond to Boothbay Harbor. Once we reach Boothbay, we tour the harbor and settle in to watch the beautiful display of fireworks. This trip is a hit with everyone!


Olde Bristol Days Fireworks at Pemaquid Beach

Saturday August 11, 2018
Departs at 8 pm Returns approx. 10:30 pm

Reservations required for this popular trip!

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This trip will travel south around Pemaquid Point past the Pemaquid Lighthouse and into John’s Bay. Fort William Henry stands prominently on the shoreline and is a beautiful sight from the water. The fireworks provide a colorful show over this serene harbor.

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MORE INFORMATION

NARRATION: Our Captains provide an educational and entertaining narration during the trip.

ARRIVAL: Please arrive at the dock 45 minutes prior to departure.

BE PREPARED: Dress appropriately. We suggest dressing in layers. Remember the weather on the Maine coast is changeable and can feel quite cold even in the middle of Summer. Warm blankets are available.

WHAT TO BRING: Bring binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. Binoculars are also available to rent.

GALLEY: Coffee, tea, healthy snacks and home baked goodies available.

PARKING: $4 per day per vehicle and payable in CASH ONLY. No credit cards or personal checks are accepted. For multiple day and overnight parking, the parking fee is payable upon the first day of parking. Parking is located around the corner from the dock in a large grassy field. Upon paying for your parking, you will receive a parking validation. You will need to present your parking validation at the dock to collect your boat tickets (peak season only). Please feel free to drive down to the dock to unload passengers and luggage before leaving your vehicle in the parking lot. The walk back to the dock is about 5 minutes. During the Spring and Fall, parking is payable at the ticket booth on the dock. The parking lot can accommodate buses, campers, RV’s and trailers.

ALL Hardy Boat patrons MUST park in the grassy field. Our parking lot is located in a safe, quiet, residential area.
PLEASE DISARM YOUR CAR ALARM.
Cars parked at Shaw’s Wharf Restaurant will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Schedules, fares and fees are subject to change without notice. Fuel surcharges may be imposed if necessary.

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132 State Rt 32, PO Box 326
New Harbor, ME 04554

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