Pelagic Birding Expedition

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Pelagic Birding Expedition

Event Details

Date: Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013

Time: Depart at 4:00 AM

Place: Ponce Inlet

Price: $195


The Friends of the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet is sponsoring a pelagic birding trip on Sunday, September 29, 2013.

The trip will head out from the New Smyrna side of the Inlet to “The Steeples” — an area of sea mounts and upwellings on the western edge of the Gulf Stream. We will continue out to about 60 miles offshore. This trip holds the probability of encountering numerous pelagic species. Jaeger migration should be active. Black-capped Petrels should be on the move. This trip is during the beginning of 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 right on the boat.

Potential Species include (* = good probability):

Cory’s Shearwater *
Greater 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 *
Brown Noddy
Sabine’s Gull



The trip will be aboard “The Pastime Princess” a 100-foot, all-aluminum boat with excellent observation areas on the upper deck and bow and even a nice stern seating area. The cabin can also accommodate 30-40 in air-conditioned comfort. To learn more about the boat go to

The trip will depart at 4:00 a.m. from the dock beside the Dolphin View Restaurant on Riverside Drive near Canal Street in downtown New Smyrna Beach and return at 7:00 pm.  You must be on the boat 15 minutes prior to departure; the boat will not wait for anyone who is late. Participants can bring their own food and beverages, but food service will also be available for breakfast and lunch at moderate prices.

Be sure to bring rain gear, seasickness medicine, sunscreen and personal items.
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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 at 386-304-5543 or email



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