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Pelagic Birding Trip

Sunday, June 2, 2019

The Friends of the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet are sponsoring a pelagic birding trip on Sunday, June 2, 2019. Join us for our next public exploration offered off the east coast of Florida that will explore the Gulf Stream up to 60 miles offshore.

“The Canaveral Princess” is an 85-foot, boat with excellent observation areas on the upper deck, bow and stern. Meet for this exciting trip at 5:15 a.m. (Docked between Rusty’s and Miliken’s Restaurants in Port Canaveral) at 670 Glen Cheek Drive, Cape Canaveral FL 32920. We will depart at 6:00 a.m. Return is at 6:00 p.m.

The trip leaves from Port Canaveral, Brevard County, travels out 60 miles, past the west wall of the Gulf Stream into the center of the Gulf Stream. This trip holds high probability of encountering numerous pelagic species. We will be in the Gulf Stream at the perfect time – end of spring migration – to have multiple sightings of Black-capped Petrel. In addition, migrants such as Cory’s, Great, Sooty and Audubon’s Shearwaters, all three Storm-Petrels (Leach’s, Wilson’s and Band-rumped), both Tropicbirds, Long-tailed Jaeger and Arctic Tern are possibilities. Previous explorations of this area at this time of year have gotten Black-capped Petrels on every trip. In 2011, we had both White-tailed and Red-billed Tropicbirds. The year before, we found the largest group of Arctic Terns ever seen in Florida – 62! In addition, we had several Black-capped Petrels, all three Storm-Petrels, all three jaegers, and even three White-tailed Tropicbirds! In 2009, we had a South Polar Skua on this trip, as well as a White-tailed Tropicbird. In 2016, we even had Florida’s first European Storm-Petrel.  

Potential Species include (* indicates good probability):

  • Black-capped Petrel*
  • Cory’s Shearwater*
  • Great Shearwater*
  • Sooty Shearwater
  • Audubon’s Shearwater*
  • Manx Shearwater
  • Wilson’s Storm-Petrel*
  • Leach’s Storm-Petrel*
  • Band-rumped Storm-Petrel*
  • European Storm-Petrel
  • Northern Gannet
  • Brown Booby
  • Masked Booby
  • Red-footed Booby
  • White-tailed Tropicbird
  • Red-billed Tropicbird
  • Red-necked Phalarope*
  • Pomarine Jaeger
  • Parasitic Jaeger
  • Long-tailed Jaeger
  • Arctic Tern
  • Common Tern*
  • Black Tern*
  • Sooty Tern*
  • Bridled Tern*
  • Brown Noddy 

Trip Details

  • Meet for this exciting trip at 5:15 a.m. (Docked between Rusty’s and Miliken’s Restaurants in Port Canaveral) at 670 Glen Cheek Drive, Cape Canaveral FL 32920.
  • The trip will depart at 6:00 a.m. and return is at 6:00 p.m. You must be on the boat 15 minutes prior to departure; the boat will not wait for anyone who is late.
  • Participants need to bring their own food and beverages. Food service will not be available on the boat.
  • Be sure to bring rain gear, seasickness medicine, sunscreen and personal items.
  • COST: $285/person (Includes the tip for the crew).
  • Call or email NOW to reserve your space. Additional information, maps and available accommodations will be forwarded to participants. DON’T MISS this exceedingly rare opportunity to bird in little explored state waters, with the chance at seeing some of the rarest birds in Florida! 

Register for the Trip

To sign up please contact:
Michael Brothers

Please make checks made payable to "Friends of the Marine Science Center":
Mail to:
Michael Brothers
Attn: Pelagic Trip
61 Coquina Ridge Way
Ormond Beach, FL 32174