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Pelagic birding trip with the Marine Science Center

Event Date(s)

Begins: September 22, 2018 6:15 am
Ends: September 22, 2018 6:00 pm

The Friends of the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet is sponsoring a pelagic birding trip on Saturday, Sept. 22. Join us for our next public exploration offered off the east coast of Florida that will explore the Gulf Stream up to 50 miles offshore.

“The Canaveral Princess” is an 85-foot, boat with excellent observation areas on the upper deck, bow and stern. Meet for this exciting trip at 6:15 a.m. (Docked between Rusty’s and Miliken’s restaurants in Port Canaveral) at 670 Glen Cheek Drive, Cape Canaveral. We will depart at 7 a.m. Return is at 6 p.m. The trip leaves from Port Canaveral, travels out 50 miles into the center of the Gulf Stream. This trip holds high probability of encountering numerous pelagic species.

This trip has been the journey with the greatest number of shearwaters of any time of year. One time the group saw over 1,200 Cory’s Shearwaters on a trip. Jaeger migration should be active. Blackcapped Petrels should be on the move. This trip is during fall migration, when there are good chances at fall migrants such as Manx Shearwater and the possibility of interesting rarities, including Sabine’s Gull and Long-tailed Jaeger. Migrating land birds are also likely at this time of year and they often land on the boat. In 2013, we had an amazing 41 Black-capped Petrels, 612 Cory's Shearwaters, one Great Shearwater, one Manx Shearwater, 64 Audubon's Shearwaters, one Band-rumped Storm-Petrel and all three jaegers, including one Long-tailed Jaeger.

Potential species include (* = good probability):
Cory’s Shearwater *
Great Shearwater *
Sooty Shearwater
Audubon’s Shearwater *
Manx Shearwater
Wilson’s Storm Petrel
Leach’s Storm-Petrel *
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel *
Black-capped Petrel *
Brown Booby*
Masked Booby
Northern Gannet *
Red-billed Tropicbird
White-tailed Tropicbird
Red Phalarope *
Red-necked Phalarope *
Pomarine Jaeger *
Parasitic Jaeger *
Long-tailed Jaeger Sooty Tern *
Bridled Tern *
Black Tern *
Common Tern*
Brown Noddy
Sabine’s Gull

“The Canaveral Princess” is an 85-foot, boat with excellent observation areas on the upper deck, bow and stern. Meet for this exciting trip at 6:15 a.m. (Docked between Rusty’s and Miliken’s Restaurants in Port Canaveral) at 670 Glen Cheek Drive, Cape Canaveral. We will depart at 7 a.m. Return is at 6 p.m.

The trip will depart at 7 a.m. You must be on the boat 15 minutes prior to departure; the boat will not wait for anyone who is late. Participants need to bring their own food and beverages. Be sure to bring rain gear, seasickness medicine, sunscreen and personal items.

COST: $265/person

Please send checks made payable to “The Friends of the Marine Science Center” to:
Friends of the Marine Science Center
100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127

To sign up please contact:
Michael Brothers 386-304-5543
mbrothers@volusia.org