Isles of Shoals Birding Trip

Join NH Audubon Director of Land Management, Phil Brown, and Avian Conservation Biologist, Dr. Pamela Hunt, and the staff at Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island for a three-day birding adventure!

Photo of blue-headed vireo provided by NH Audubon
Blue-headed Vireo, by David Forsyth.

Experience the magic of the Isles of Shoals in early fall. Two nights on Appledore Island will give us the opportunity to explore the diversity of the islands. Over 200 species of songbirds, seabirds, and waterfowl occur on Appledore as migrants – making it a perfect spot to observe fall movements.

The Appledore Island Migration Banding Station will be in operation and we will have the chance to observe songbird migrants up close. Neighboring White and Seavey Islands are home to a thriving Common, Roseate and Arctic tern colony after restoration efforts were initiated by NH Audubon in 1997. Most of the terns will have started their southern journey, but we will take a boat tour of the islands, hear project details, and land if possible.

In addition to all the spectacular birding that the islands have to offer, we will take time to explore other aspects of Appledore, Shoals Marine Laboratory, and Celia Thaxter’s garden. Activities may include exploring the intertidal, an island history walk, or learning about SML's innovative research programs focused on understanding and sustaining the marine environment.


The trip out to Appledore departs from Portsmouth on Monday, September 2 at 1:45 PM. Please arrive at the dock by 1:00 PM.


On Wednesday, September 4 the boat departs Appledore at 2:15 PM, arriving back in Portsmouth by 3:00 PM.


$695 per person includes all boat transportation, lodging and meals on Appledore Island – including a lobster dinner.

Click here for the 2019 syllabus.


Dr. Pamela Hunt
Avian Conservation Biologist, NH Audubon

Phil Brown
Director of Land Management, NH Audubon


photo of a sunset of White and Seavey islands by Diane De Luca
Sunset on White and Seavey Islands, by Diane De Luca.

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Price is per person. All-inclusive with: overnight accommodations, all meals, snacks and beverages, all program activities, and round-trip boat transportation between Portsmouth, NH and Appledore Island. This program is open to adults 18 years and older.


Pam Hunt
NH Audubon