Sunset Puffin Cruise with Maine Audubon

Posted Aug. 02, 2012, at 11:45 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Hardy Boat Cruises, 132 State Route 32, New Harbor, ME

For more information: Mike Windsor; (207) 781-2330 ext. 211; maineaudubon.org/events/2012/sunset-puffin-cruise-2/

With its colorful, clown-like face and oversized bill, the Atlantic puffin has become one of the Maine coast’s most celebrated icons—a remarkable accomplishment for a species that had nearly disappeared from the state a century ago. Its resurgence is a testament to the dedication of Audubon biologists who led the way in reestablishing Maine’s seabird colonies, including Eastern Egg Rock at the mouth of Muscongus Bay.

We’ll sail from New Harbor to Eastern Egg Rock, where we will circle the island several times for great views of puffins, terns, and other seabirds. The boat returns to the harbor at sunset to combine birding and a lovely summer evening on the Maine coast. $35 for Maine Audubon members, $50 for non-members.

NOTE: Please meet at Hardy Boat Cruises at Shaw’s Wharf in New Harbor at least 30 minutes early (6 p.m.) for a prompt departure. The only place to park is Hardy Boat’s grassy parking lot up the road (the $3 fee can be paid at the dock). You cannot park at Shaw’s Wharf; you will be towed.