Offshore Birding and Wildlife Adventure
February 2, 2022 @ 7:30 am - 5:00 pm$195.00
Meet: at the Canaveral Princess, 670 Glen Cheek Drive, Port Canaveral, FL; Phone: 321-784-6300. www.orlandoprincess.com. The Canaveral Princess docks between Rusty’s and Gator’s Dockside Restaurants in Port Canaveral. Please arrive 20 minutes early. The boat is not ADA accessible.
Bring: food and beverages, seasickness medicine, sunscreen and personal items. Food service will not be available on the boat. Dress warmly, bring full rain gear and wear waterproof shoes!
Join us on the Canaveral Princess, an 85-foot, single-hull boat with excellent observation areas on the upper deck, bow and stern. We will first visit working shrimp boats for the birds that follow them. Our chumming behind the boat will result in a crowd of gulls, terns, pelicans and gannets to watch from amazingly close quarters. Once we’ve collected some birds to follow our boat, if the weather permits, we’ll set out for the Gulf Stream. Our destination will be an undersea formation known as “The Steeples,” a productive setting of cliffs and seamounts that create upwellings and current edges along the western edge of the Gulf Stream. Our targets will be all of the wildlife we can find, including jellyfish and fish.
Bottlenose and Spotted Dolphins are expected. Sea turtles and Humpback Whales are possible, as are endangered North Atlantic Right Whales. Julie Albert, Florida Coordinator for the Northern Right Whale Program will be onboard. Julie holds a research permit that allows any vessel she is on to get closer than the 1500-foot buffer that all other boats must adhere to when a North Atlantic Right Whale is spotted.
Birds likely to be seen include Northern Gannet; Pomarine and Parasitic Jaeger and several species of gulls and terns. Birds we hope to see include Audubon’s, Cory’s, Great and Manx Shearwater; Band-rumped Storm Petrel; Bridled and Sooty Tern; Brown Booby; Red Phalarope; Black-legged Kittiwake and Sabine’s Gull. One year we even saw a Razorbill. You never know what you might encounter on the sea, the prospect of spotting something extraordinary is always there. If the weather is too rough to get offshore, the day will be spent instead closer to shore playing with the shrimp boats. Rehabilitated sea birds and/or sea turtles will be released if any are ready.
** If the trip does not go as scheduled on Wednesday, February 2nd, you will automatically be rescheduled for Monday, February 7th. If the trip is cancelled on both dates due to inclement weather as determined by the boat’s captain, only then will you receive a full refund. Please do not book this trip if you are not prepared to stay through Monday should the need arise due to schedule change. If the trip does not go as scheduled on Feb. 2nd and DOES go on Feb. 7th, there will be NO refunds for anyone who cannot be on board on Feb. 7th! Don’t worry if the boat does go on Wednesday and you are still here on Monday. There are plenty of places to bird and things to do here on the Space Coast. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex tops the list.