with seabird guide Mark Maftei (Sat) and Daniel Donnecke (Sun) from the Raincoast Education Society
7:00 am (depart dock) to ~ 4:00 pm
Ocean Outfitters (368 Main Street)
$220 per person + tax
This trip will be an all-day excursion to some of the offshore banks and canyons in search of albatrosses, shearwaters, storm-petrels and other pelagic birds. Exact route to be determined based on local weather, fishing activity, and recon of where birds seem to be concentrating. Our goal is to bird out to, and then along, the shelf edge near some of the large offshore canyons about 55 km off the coast.
Previous years have turned up some amazing birds and marine mammals and this is a one-of-a-kind experience and a unique opportunity to explore the pelagic waters off of Vancouver Island. Early May is the transition when wintering species begin to move out and summer migrants arrive. This is a trip specifically designed around finding seabirds, led by seabird scientists, and is not a pleasure cruise.
Space is limited to 12 people, and seats are first-come, first-serve. Book online at Ocean Outfitters or call 1-877-906-2326. The trip is weather dependent. In the event of cancellation, there will be a 100% refund. No refund for no-shows. Dress warm, bring your own lunch and water.