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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Study tours

The Gulf of Maine: The Isles of Shoals

September 3-6, 2015

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Appledore, the largest island in the Isles of Shoals archipelago, is home to the Shoals Marine Laboratory, a teaching and research facility collaboratively operated by Cornell and the University of New Hampshire.

The waters, rocky shore, and vegetation of Appledore and its neighboring islands host migratory songbirds, wading birds, and shorebirds; hundreds of harbor and gray seals; a rich intertidal and subtidal zone; and deep water that supports fish, whales, seals, and dolphins.

In early September, as migratory flocks gather and a lowering sun still warms the Gulf, CAUers will boat to this naturalist's paradise

Led by David Bonter, ornithologist and biologist with Cornell's Lab of Ornithology, we will sail out to watch whales and pelagic birds and to explore the distinctive biological and historical treasures of the Isles of Shoals. We'll learn about those who have made their homes on these islands, from Native Americans to poet Celia Thaxter and artist Childe Hassam.

David Bonter, a senior lecturer at Cornell University, is an avian ecologist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. An engaging and personable teacher, David specializes in teaching field courses, including ornithology at Shoals Marine Lab and ecology at Mpala Research Centre in Kenya, East Africa

Cornell's Lab of Ornithology

The Lab of Ornithology, a Cornell and national treasure, works to interpret and conserve the earth's biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science.

Program notes

  • Double occupancy: $1,840 per person
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  • Fitness scale: Slightly strenuous. May require extended walking over uneven ground as well as the ability to climb stairs and to stand for considerable periods of time.