Setting off on a pelagic trip.
Each year the Mendocino Coast Audubon Society sponsors two day long boat trips out of Fort Bragg Noyo Harbor for seabirds, dolphins and perhaps a whale or two. These fun trips, for beginners as well as experienced birders, take place on a Sunday in May and October.
MCAS PELAGIC TRIP -- Save the Date!Departure Time: Meet at 7:00 am for a 7:30 am departure
Sunday, 19 May 2013
Length of trip: 8 hours (return to dock about 3:30 pm)
Cost: $105 per person by check or Paypal or by check payable to MCAs and mail to: K.Havlena
P.O. Box 40, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Leaders: Todd Easteria, Rob Fowler and John Sterling
Vessel: TELSTAR - Dock is on North Harbor Drive, shortly after the turn at the bottom of the hill down to the harbor.
There is no galley on board (so bring lunch and drinks). Also, we cannot accomodate the handicapped or children under 11 years of age.
Please contact Karen Havlena by email (and include your phone number) before sending your payment as there is limited space available.
Sightings should include many Shearwaters and hopefully many Albatrosses. There is also a chance to see any one of 3 species of Storm Petrels. We can expect to see Common Murres, Pigeon Guillemots, as well as Cassin's & Rhinoceros Auklets.
Prior trips have given good views of dolphins and whales, but the special draw of any pelagic birding trip is the possibility of the unexpected appearance of an out-of-range visitor.
"The price is good and the experience is priceless. It's a whole different world a few miles off shore...The leaders' knowledge is impressive and they're generous with it, so even if you're a beginner birder, the trip will be fun and enriching."
September 2011 Pelagic Trip Report
May 2011 Pelagic Trip Report
Black Oystercatcher. Photograph by Ron LeValley