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Join nationally renowned birder Dr. Jeff Wells on this exclusive bird-watching tour of Maine's Monhegan Island.
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Activity level: Easy-Moderate
  • Minimum age: 10 (17 and under with parent or guardian)
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261

Course Description

Experience a unique window into bird migration on one of Maine's most enchanting offshore islands with ornithologist, Dr. Jeff Wells. Monhegan Island's small size and isolated location, along with protected forests and marshes, provide a welcome respite for migrating birds. Hike along the island's trails to the highest ocean bluffs on the Maine coastline. With its large population of migrating birds and serene landscapes, Monhegan is among the nation's most stunning places and a premier birding destination.

You'll meet your guide in New Harbor at 8 a.m. and board the 9 a.m. ferry. During the 12-mile, hour-long ride to the island you're likely to spot sea birds and seals, as well as working lobstermen. After arriving on Monhegan, your guides will lead a hike and help the group find good birding spots and identify species. Enjoy a complimentary picnic lunch followed by a couple more hours of birding and exploring Monhegan's woods, marshes and breathtaking bluffs. During your ferry trip back to the mainland, you'll get one last chance to see the local seabirds and wildlife as you say goodbye to this unique island. Cost includes parking fee, ferry admission and a picnic lunch.

All participants will receive a complimentary signed copy of Jeff's book, "Maine's Favorite Birds." Please note: The tour on Saturday, May 25 will be led by a different expert birding guide; participants on this tour will still receive Jeff's book.

About our birding guide: Native Mainer Dr. Jeff Wells is the senior scientist for the Boreal Songbird Initiative. During his time at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and as the Audubon Society's national conservation director, Dr. Wells earned a reputation as one of the nation's leading bird experts and conservation biologists. He and his wife Allison are authors of the highly praised bird-identification guide, "Maine's Favorite Birds."

L.L.Bean does not usually cancel events due to inclement weather. However, we reserve the right to cancel an event at any time due to severe weather, low enrollment or other concerns. If L.L.Bean cancels your event, you will receive a full refund for the cost of your reservation.

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*Synthetic clothing dries quickly and is the best choice for outdoor pursuits. Please do not wear cotton clothing. When wet, cotton rapidly robs the heat from your body and takes a long time to dry. We also recommend you dress in multiple layers, allowing you more flexibility to comfortably respond to the weather conditions and your level of exertion.

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  • Weather and activity-appropriate clothing (preferably synthetic*)
  • Hiking footwear
  • Personal prescriptions such as EpiPen or inhaler
  • One quart of water (no glass bottles)

  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Camera
  • Day pack
  • Binoculars

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  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Binoculars
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3  out of  3 ( 100% ) reviewers would recommend this product. 
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5 / 5
May 19, 2019
Another Enjoyable Day!
Would I recommend this bird-watching hike to a friend? I would and have! The trip of 5/18/2019 was my third trip to Monhegan Island through... more
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5 / 5
September 11, 2016
Fantastic Tour Guides.
This was our first time on Monhegan Island and we found it to be a very quaint Island where the local main stay seemed to be centered around Losbtering... more
Topsham, Maine
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5 / 5
June 14, 2016
Fine day on stunning Monhegan Island
Fine, well run bird-watching trip to beautiful and historic Monhegan. Not a bird hobbyist but the guides from LL Bean made it interesting and always informative.... more
buxton, maine
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