2018 Trips, Excursions and Camps


The massif of Denali in morning light from Highway Pass, Denali National Park. ©Scott WeidensaulCamp Denali, Denali National Park, Alaska


Grizzlies are a common sight in Denali. (©Scott Weidensaul)June 4-8, 8-11, 2018

 Join Scott and Amy Weidensaul in one of the most stunning natural settings on the continent -- Denali National Park in Alaska -- for two special sessions focusing on the migration and conservation of birds at famed Camp Denali.

Spend days afield watching subarctic species like golden eagles, gyrfalcons and Arctic warblers, learning about migration routes that take the park's birds as far as Hawaii, South America and Indonesia -- and the conservation challenges these migrants face. 

Watch grizzly bears, caribou and moose, climb to remote valleys, and then relax at the end of the day in one of the finest wilderness lodges in the world, with spectacular views of North America's tallest peak.


Hearing the cries of a hatching gull chick is the kind of once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you find at Hog Island. ©Scott WeidensaulHog Island Audubon Camp, Maine

Summer sessions at Hog Island usually include visits to the restored puffin colony on Eastern Egg Rock. (©Scott Weidensaul)June 17-22, 2018

Sept. 2-7 and Sept. 9-14, 2018

Join Scott Weidensaul and an exceptional faculty of instructors at Hog Island, the National Audubon Society's oldest educational center -- a spectacular 330-acre island in Muscongus Bay, on the beautiful mid-coast of Maine.

Scott will be directing four sessions at Hog Island in 2018:

Field Ornithology, June 17-22

Join some of the top ornithologists in the country for a week-long exploration of the science of birds, hands-on and in the field. We'll explore the region's boreal forests, hardwoods, offshore islands and open bay, with instructors that include Dr. Sara Morris of Canisius College; Dr. Drew Lanham of Clemsom University; Dr. Angelika Nelson of Ohio State University; and acclaimed bird artist Catherine Hamilton of California.  All that, and puffins, too! 


Coastal Maine Bird Studies 2, June 17-22 

A field ornithology program designed for teens ages 14-17, CMBS runs concurrently with the adult session, allowing participants to learn from the same superb faculty -- in addition to three veteran CMBS instructors: Heather Richard of Herring Gut Learning Center in Maine, Joshua Potter of Penn State's Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, and doctoral candidate (and CMBS alum) Corey Husic.


Living on the Wind: Migration and Monhegan, Sept. 2-7 and 9-14

These special, small-group sessions are devoted to fall migration, and include overnight excursions to Monhegan Island, a world-renowned Monhegan Island isn't just ruggedly beautiful, it is one of the best migrant traps in the East. (©Scott Weidensaul)migratory hotspot and beautiful island village. 

This intensive week of birding will take participants from tidal marshes and beaches to hawk watches, spruce forests, and the outer islands and waters of Muscongus Bay, depending on where the birding is hottest. The highlight will be a trip to Monhegan Island, one of the best "migrant traps" in the Northeast -- a place justly famous for its birding and dramatic rocky coastline, which has inspired artists for more than a century. Learn about how and why birds migrate and the conservation challenges facing them. 

Register as soon as possible, as these sessions are limited and tend to sell out very quickly.