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New England Seabirds      http://NESeabirds.com

Wildlife of the Gulf of Maine :  seabirds, whales, dolphins,sharks, fish, sea turtles, invertebrates, seaweeds illustrated with many photographs.

The Gulf of Maine and other offshore trips in New England.

Seabird breeding colonies in New England and Maritime Canada. 

For wandering birders, links to offshore pelagic trips in the U.S. and abroad.



Birding Trip Reports

Australia and New Zealand 2002   http://www.neseabirds.com/Australia/ANZindex.html
The author traveled by a rented camper van 25,000Km in Australia for 4 months.  The trip included: Wollagon Pelagics, Denilgum, Tasmania, Darwin, Queensland, Great Ocean Road, Royal National Park, a refuge for Marsupials and other birding sites.

Before and after 3 months were spent in New Zealand visiting the 3 main islands.  Travel was by rented car and accomodations were in HI hostels.  Birding was the primary actyivity in both countries.

Midway Atoll 2001     http://www.neseabirds.com/midindex.htm
Midway Atoll well known as the site of the Battle of Midway which was the turning point in WWI  in the Pacific is now a National Wildlife Refuge. For a short time before Nine/Eleven the refuge was open to the public and the author and her son were one of the lucky ones to take advantage to visit the refuge for a week.

The refuge is the breeding grounds for 90% of the world population of Laysan Albatross and also for many Black-footed Albatrosses.  Visitors live with the Albatrosses and can observe the birds mating routines and the feeding of chicks.Other species easily observed are:Bonin Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, White Tern, Great Frigate Birds, Red-footed Booby, Bristle-thighed Curlew, Monk Seal, Green Sea Turtle.

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t is also an opportunity to study the history of  the WWII Battle of Midway which was a naval battle won decisively by the U.S. and the turning point in the Pacific War.

Seabird Colonies of Wales, Ireland, Scotland  2003  http://www.neseabirds.com/europeindex.html
As fascinating as seabirds are at sea, they are even more interesting on the breeding grounds. On this trip I visited breeding colonies of Great Skua, Manx Shearwater and other seabirds commonly see in our waters such as Kittiwakes, Razorbills, Murres, Atlantic Puffins, Fulmars, and Northern Gannets..

Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands 1999 http://www.neseabirds.com/antarcticaintro.html
A Victor Emanuel trip by boat with a focus on seabirds at sea and on land. Penguins, Albatrosses, Prions, Southern Fur Seals.  A visit to a historic whaling station on South Georgia was included.

Ecuador - Galápagos 2004  http://www.neseabirds.com/ecuador1.html
A Bill Drummond birding trip to the High Andes with a long tour of the Galapagos Island by boat.  The highlight of the trip was the island of Espanosa where we saw Waved Albatross breeding along with Red -footed and Blue-footed Boobies.  Other species were the Giant Land Tortoises, Marine Iguanas, Flightless Cormorants.  All birders should visit the Galapagos.

Web Sites I do for Others

Atherton HS  Class of 1956    http://AHS56.net
For the 50th reunion class of 1956 members were asked to write a short paragraph about "What have you been doing for 50 years?"   View the year book pictures of your classmates and read what about the interesting lives they have lived since graduation.  Responses of one form or another were received from 190 /275 class members.

About the Author
Born and raised in Louisville, Ky., I attended public schools  graduating from Atherton High School in 1956. I spent many hours swimming on Lakeside Swim Team, playing the violin and piano and dreaming of traveling the world.

I attended the University of Louisville for a BS in Zoology and Indiana University  MA in Zoology and later MBA in Finance.

I was a teacher of Biology and Chemistry at the Tudor Hall School (now part of Park Tudor ) in Indianapolis, IN.  This was followed by four years as an army wife in Texas, Hawaii and Virginia and four more years of residency.  We finally established our home in Columbus, IN.  My husband was busy with his medical practice, my kids thrived in school and sports, and I became a volunteer fire fighter.

A second chapter started with jobs in 3 banks, Digital Equipment Company and finally IBM. During this time I moved to the Boston area and became an avid birders.  I took trips to Africa, Antactica, Venezuela, Peru, Galapagos, Ecuador, Alaska. My kids grew up, got off the check book and started their own lives.

Retiring in 2001,  I rented my condominium and hit the road for five years traveling to Australia, New Zealand and Europe the first two years. Back in the states I bought a truck camper and spent three years traveling around my home country the beautiful USA.

Today I live in Nashua, NH near my daughter and her family.  I frequently visit my son and his family in California.  I volunteer every week at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island near Newburyport, MA.

These web sites are maintained at my own expense. No sales or advertising offered or accepted.  You have only to enjoy them.

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