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Bald Eagles of Merrymeeting Bay with Maine Audubon

Posted Aug. 02, 2012, at 2:50 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Cap'n Fish's Whale Watch, 42 Commercial Street, Boothbay Harbor, ME

For more information: Mike Windsor; (207) 781-2330 ext. 211; maineaudubon.org/events/2012/bald-eagles-of-merrymeeting-bay/

When Maine Audubon first began running this trip in 1969, sighting one or two eagles was all that could be expected. Since then, the bald eagle population has rebounded from the devastating effects of pesticide poisoning, and recent trips have seen as many as 38 eagles! We will board in Boothbay Harbor for a trip across Sheepscot Bay to the Sasanoa River then up the Kennebec River to Merrymeeting Bay. Weather and tides permitting, we will return to Boothbay via the Kennebec for some of the most pleasant and scenic cruising to be found anywhere—plus excellent wildlife watching. In addition to bald eagles, expect other raptors, seals, sturgeon, shorebirds, and waterfowl along the way. The cost for this trip is $50 for Maine Audubon members, $75 for non-members.

MEETING PLACE: Please meet at Pier One in downtown Boothbay Harbor by 8:30 a.m. We are sailing aboard the Island Lady from Cap’n Fish’s Whale Watch, located at 42 Commercial Street in Boothbay Harbor. NOTES: There is no parking on the pier but there are several pay lots ($7-$10 per day) close by. Cap’n Fish’s has several boats, so make sure you ask for the Maine Audubon charter. You are welcome to bring your own lunch but the ship’s galley offers hot dogs, coffee, donuts, snacks, wine, soda and beer. Bringing your own alcohol on board is NOT permitted.

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