Research Expedition - life changing outdoor adventure working directly with wildlife researchers in Downeast Maine and beyond. Projects include radiotracking shorebirds, resighting spectacular endangered harlequin ducks, amphibian monitoring in Acadia National Park; bird surveys on Downeast ponds and rivers; and biological surveys on remote coastal islands.

Acadia Ecotour - full and half day sea kayaking and hiking learning advetnures around the Schoodic Peninsula - the "Secret Acadia." Tours include a "Sunrise Kayak for Birders" and "Wildlife Tracking by Snowhoe."

Custom Overnight Programs - Choose from camping in remote island settings or stay in charming inns and lodges – we can customize your sea kayaking trip for your needs and preferences. Or head inland to day hike or backpack along moose filled bogs and up rugged granite peaks. Enjoy gourmet meals with ingredients from local farmers and fishermen prepared by your Master ME Guide who is happy to accommodate your dietary needs – from low-carb to vegan.

Research Expeditions

include know about an opportunity to join a life-changing learning adventure next month out on Isle au Haut, Maine. Ardea EcoExpeditions has collaborated with seabird researchers from the Maine Natural History Observatory to assist in radio tracking Purple Sandpipers and resight banded Harlequin Ducks in this spectacular coastal island setting that is home to the largest concentration of wintering Harlequin Ducks in eastern North America. Imagine getting close up looks at the gaudy blue, red and white plumage of a male harlequin feeding in the surf – or fulfill a life-long dream to track wildlife with an antenna like you’ve seen on nature documentaries. Your day of hands-on research will also allow excellent opportunities to view pelagics and winter seabirds from the island including Northern Gannets, Red-breasted Merganser, Long Tailed Duck, Red Throated Loon, three scoters, and more. And of course we will be directly supporting researcher’s efforts to conserve threatened seabirds…

Typical Day

Days filled with hands on outdoor activities enjoying the wildlife and landscape of the "secret gems of Donweast Maine."

Age range, type of group

Specializing in Family Tours, Kids, Intergenerational, and Couples.

Sleeping and meals

Camping on remote islands to rustic cabins to charming inns.

Gourmet outdoor meals "al fresco"

Discounts Offered

Group discounts available for certain programs

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