Edge of the Avalon Inn is looking forward to partnering up with Jared Clarke of Bird the Rock this summer. Jared is a passionate and enthusiastic guide that will take you on an experience like no other. Our region is teaming with wildlife and Jared knows just where to look. Sign up soon for this small and intimate tour right in our backyard.
Bird⋅The⋅Rock is pleased to announce a brand new tour this summer: Birding on the Edge!
July 30-31, 2017 (or on special request pending availability)
DID YOU KNOW that Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula is home to one of the world’s southernmost sub-arctic habitats? The “Hyper-Oceanic Barrens” of the southern Avalon are a rare and unique place, consisting of rocky coastlines, towering cliffs, barren heathlands and vast bogs. Life on these barrens is reflective of northern tundra – including Woodland Caribou, Willow Ptarmigan, Short-eared Owls and Horned Larks among many others. Alpine-arctic wildflowers and carnivorous pitcher plants dot the landscape. The rugged coasts provide valuable nesting habitat for seabirds such as Atlantic Puffin, Common Murre, Razorbill and several species of gull. And the rocks themselves hold ancient secrets, including fossils of the oldest complex life-forms found anywhere on Earth.
Come visit the “Edge of the Avalon” with us, for a two-day bird and nature tour like no other! We’ll explore Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve – seeing fossil evidence of the creatures that lived here 565 million years ago, as well as those that call it home today. Horned Larks twittering on the open barrens, Willow Ptarmigan hiding in plain sight, Whimbrel feasting on berries, and shorebirds foraging on wave-lashed beaches. With luck we may even spot the world’s southernmost Woodland Caribou, a lumbering Moose or Humpback Whales frolicking in the ocean. And no doubt we’ll stop to admire the region’s subtle beauty – sweeping landscapes, dainty orchids and carpets of fresh berries. We’ll also visit two of the island’s most iconic lighthouses, including Cape Race which has appeared on maps since 1502 and figured prominently in the final hours of the doomed Titanic.
Starting and ending in St. John’s, we’ll spend one night in beautiful Trepassey.
- Two days exploring one of Newfoundland’s rarest and most special habitats – the eastern hyper-oceanic barrens. This amazing landscape can be eye-opening for visitors and residents alike!
- A guided visit of Newfoundland’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site – Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve (including a short hike to see its famous fossils).
- Leisurely birding against beautiful backdrops of ocean, tundra and coastal “tuckamore”.
- Opportunities to see other natural highlights of the area – including caribou, whales and unique wildflowers.
- Comfortable accommodations and wonderful food at the Edge of Avalon Inn (Trepassey).
- A bird list will be provided, and we will review and discuss all our sightings at the end of each day.
$450 /person (taxes included)
Single occupancy supplement (private hotel room): $60
- Transportation throughout the tour, starting and ending in St. John’s
- One night accommodations at the Edge of Avalon Inn
- Two picnic lunches and one breakfast (evening meal not included, but we will dine together at the excellent Edge of Avalon Inn)
- Expert guiding services
- Guided hike to Mistaken Point fossil site with a local interpreter