On behalf of the Brookline Bird Club, I'd like to extend an apology.
Unfortunately, pelagic trips are not always predictable - we can't
weather. The best strategy is to check weather reports and offshore
forecasts up until the trip leaves. If in doubt, phone ahead.
We've added this statement to our literature based on your feedback:
" The boat will sail in rain and wind but not in high seas. If
there is any question about the weather, call the Helen H @
508/790-0660 after 4:00 PM on Friday or check the web @
http://helenh.com or call Ida at 781/944-5135 or her cell at
It has been a lot of work, but the club has been fortunate to finally
find a boat that is comfortable and that will run these trips, all at
a reasonable price. These trips also are a financial risk for the
club - we need to fill them to break even. It is also impossible to
know what birds will be seen on the trips, but we can say what has
been seen on earlier trips. If we don't get groups offshore, we will
never know what is out there.
We do have a trip coming up 7/21. I've posted the details
below. Trips are also scheduled for August 25 and November
17. There is additional information at our website
Again, we've taken steps based on your feedback and we invite you and
others to join us offshore!
for the Brookline Bird Club
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>Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2007 07:45:42 -0400
>From: Larry and Mona Rogers <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Warning about Cape Cod Pelagic Trip
> A couple of years ago Mona and I signed up for a Brookline Bird
>Pelagic tour. We drove down to Plymouth, MA from our place in
>hung out on the dock for a couple of hours with no birders in sight,
>drove home to Vermont. A long day. We found out two days later
>they had canceled without bothering to notify us by either phone or
> Maybe the folks at the Brookline bird club have gotten their
>together since then, but a little caution might be appropriate.
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>Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2007 19:16:48 -0400
>From: "Ida Giriunas" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: [MASSBIRD] Still Space on the July 21 Hydrographer Canyon
>Dedicated Pelagic Trip
>SATURDAY, July 21: Brookline Bird Club's Dedicated Pelagic Birding
>the Helen H. out of Hyannis, to Hydrographer Canyon all day
>Folks, we still have a few spaces available on this exciting trip.
>Brookline Bird Club for this all day trip to the deeper warmer
>Hydrographer Canyon and/or Veatch's Canyon in search of WHITE-FACED
>STORM-PETREL and other target birds including Band-rumped
>several species of Shearwaters including Audubon's, Jaegers, several
>possible South Polar and Great Skua, Terns, etc. aboard the Helen H
>a very comfortable boat.
>Rick Heil will be spotting the birds with Steve Mirick who will
>trip is limited to 74 people and costs $115.00 for BBC members and
>for non-members. We will board at 3:30am and return to Hyannis by
>is available on board. There is limited free parking. To reserve a
>send a check for the full amount made out to the 'BROOKLINE BIRD
>along with a signed waiver to: Ida Giriunas, 83 Summer Ave.,
>01867 and include either your email or your postal address for
>boarding instructions and further information.
>For additional information and the waiver to be signed, contact
>Ida at 781-944-5135 or [log in to unmask]
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