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Hog Island: Maine’s Showcase of Nature

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1NV083
This online program is presented on Zoom.
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Atlantic puffins (Fratercula arctica) off the coast of Maine

Tucked away along coastal Maine, Hog Island is the home of a National Audubon Society nature-study camp that has been operation since 1936. Isolated from the outside world and filled with both pristine forest and coastal habitats, the surrounding Muscongus Bay teems with terns, bald eagles, common eiders, harbor seals, and gray seals.

Eastern Egg Rock, the site of Project Puffin, is a vital location for breeding Atlantic puffins, Artic terns, and black guillemots and is perhaps the southernmost point where puffins breed. The forest of Hog Island is primarily red and black spruce frosted with lichens. Clearings of hay-scented ferns and coves around the island have productive wetlands, as well as small bogs with carnivorous plants, sundews, and pitcher plants.

Naturalist Matt Felperin shares his experiences at the Audubon camp and in southern Maine, displays striking wildlife photos, and reveals why Hog Island should be on your bucket list of nature-education programs.

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