Birding the Salish Sea by Boat

Birding the Salish Sea by Boat
Program Series Field Excursions
When Oct 08, 2016 from 09:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Where Bellingham Bay
Class Tuition $125.00
Tuition Includes instruction and travel aboard the Snow Goose with complimentary coffee and tea
Clock hours 6.0
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Venture onto the teeming waters of Puget Sound in search of numerous sea birds making their way along the Pacific Flyway in Northwest waters.

Aboard the Snow Goose, a spacious 65-foot research vessel, we’ll explore the waters of Bellingham Bay, Lummi Island, Rosario Strait, Chuckanut Bay and surrounding areas in search of harlequin, long-tailed ducks, oystercatchers, murrelets, loons and surf scoters among others.

With more than 50 years observing and photographing birds, Joe Meche will help us identify and share the natural history of the bird species we encounter along the way.

Class will meet at Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham. We’ll begin with introductions and a safety orientation aboard the vessel. With binoculars and field guides in hand, we’ll depart for our day’s adventure in search of all the avifauna we can find.


LEARNING CENTER ACCOMMODATIONS: Single, Double, Triple and Quad Accommodations are for families and groups who wish to guarantee lodging with specific individuals during their stay. Triple and Quad Accommodations will require use of an upper bunk, accessible by an easy-to-use ladder. Hostel pricing is the cost for sharing a room with up to three other participants. The number of occupants per room (1-4) will be determined based on the total number of hostel guests each night. We do not guarantee a room with your requested roommate under this option, and you may be lodged in a mixed gender room. Please do not select this if you have participants under 18 in your group.

The Learning Center campus features classrooms, a dining hall, a library, outdoor learning shelters, trails, a canoe dock and an amphitheater. Our three guest lodges have shared gender-specific bathrooms with showers and each room contains two sets of twin bunk beds, desks, wardrobes and wireless internet connectivity. Facilities and local trails are all ADA accessible and a personal mobility vehicle is available. Delicious, healthy meals incorporating local and organic foods are provided in our dining hall. If you have special dietary requirements or food allergies, we will gladly attempt to accommodate them with advance notice. Sorry, but we cannot accommodate pets.

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