Come join us in 'Vacationland' (also known as Maine) for the 2018 annual EBBA meeting. Catch up with old friends, take in posters and practical workshops and learn from a full day's worth of presentations. As always, there will be Sunday field trips.
Early bird registration is $55 until June 1st and $105 afterwards. You can purchase any combination of meals (or none at all). Breakfasts are $12.96, lunches are between $15-$17 and dinners $24.30. More details can be found on the registration page.
Our meeting will be held at the beautiful Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, Winter Harbor, Maine. The facility has a state-of-the-art auditorium for our main sessions and is located right on the coast.
Our Friday night speaker will be Brad Allen, a biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife who will present "The History of Maine Eiders and Islands in Art– 170 years (or so) of Research."
On Saturday night our speaker will be Dr. Donald Dearborn of Bates College.
More details on our Saturday scientific program speakers will be added here.
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
Are you interested in presenting at this meeting? Please send abstracts for oral presentations of 15-20 minutes of no more than 200 words to Lisa Kiziuk (lkr AT wctrust.org). Proposals for posters should be directed to Andrea Patterson (andrea.j.patterson AT gmail.com). Proposals are due by May 1st.
We are still working out the details, but plan to arrive by Friday afternoon to take advantage of workshops. Topics will include eBird for atlassing - Maine just launched its second breeding bird atlas and you can help while you're here visiting.
ON SITE LODGING
Several room styles are available on site including 2 and 4 bedroom apartments which have full kitchens, common areas, phones and wifi. Nearly all options include a shared bathroom. Why not coordinate with your friends to share an apartment. If you coordinate with others to stay together, be sure to mention it when you register so staff can accommodate you. Double occupancy twin bed rooms are $59.95/night with tax per person. Private rooms with shared baths are $81.75/night with tax. Some other options are available as well. Please read this linked document for an explanation of Schoodic housing options BEFORE you register.
You can purchase any combination of meals (or none at all) from Schoodic. Breakfasts are $12.96, lunches are between $15-$17 and dinners $24.30. More details can be found on the registration page.
OFF SITE LODGING
Should you wish to stay off site, there are many inns in nearby Winter Harbour, a 15 minute drive from the meeting place. A partial listing of inns and campgrounds can be found here.
Tent and R/V camping within Acadia National Park is another option. Sites are about $35/night. Details on that can be found here. If camping inside the park, you must buy a park pass for $25/vehicle.
Friday morning (9am-2pm) - EBBA Council meeting (Lunch Provided)
Friday noon to 6- registration
Friday afternoon (2-5pm) - workshops and vendors
Friday evening (5 - 6pm) - poster session in dining hall
Friday evening (6 - 9pm) - dinner and keynote speaker Brad Allen
Saturday morning (6-7:30am) - Schoodic Peninsula bird walk
Saturday - A full day of speakers and presentations. Vendors and bucket raffle ongoing. Membership meeting following Lunch
Saturday evening (5-6pm) - poster session in dining hall
Saturday evening (6 - 10pm) - dinner, keynote presentation, and bucket raffle wrap-up
Sunday morning - field trips
Free trips include a morning bird walk on Saturday along the Schoodic Peninsula coast and trails surrounding the meeting site.
A Sunday morning trip to Acadia National Park OR the Orono Bog Boardwalk will also be planned. Transportation to Acadia National Park can be made available through the Island Explorer buses. Participants must provide their own transportation for the Bog Boardwalk tour (~1.5 hour drive from meeting location). The bog boardwalk offers such specialties as Canada Warbler, Spruce Grouse, Palm Warbler, and Lincoln's Sparrow.
For an additional fee (about $50), cruises will be arranged to Machias Seal Island and/or Petit Manan Island to see see breeding seabird colonies of puffins, razorbills, guillemots, and common, arctic, and roseate terns. Check out Acadian Nature Cruises to learn more.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK
A park pass is not required to access the conference facilities or its trails. It is required if you wish to visit the Mount Desert Island portion of the park or if you plan to camp at Schoodic Woods.
As always, we'll hold a bucket raffle to support Memorial grants and/or the Frazier Fund (Council announces each year how the money will be distributed). Please considering bring gently used banding tools and, items related to birding, as well as handicrafts or gift certificates. Questions should be directed to our chairman David Hauber.
Remember, if you are staying on site in the shared housing, Please read this linked document before you register for the meeting.
CLICK HERE- REGISTRATION NOW OPEN