Captain Shaw Underway on Frenchman's Bay ~ Photo by Ron Hevey ©2015 ~ All Rights Reserved
With more than 40 years of boating experience in all manner of watercraft, Capt. Shaw is a highly skilled seaman with an impeccable safety record. Fully licensed by the United States Coast Guard, he holds a 50-Ton Near.Coastal Master's License.
Capt. Shaw is also an experienced naturalist and Licensed Maine Guide who has spent the past two decades boating, sea kayaking, hiking, bicycling, snowshoeing, and guiding nature enthusiasts along the Maine Coast. Having traveled more than 50,000 miles by boat in the greater Mt. Desert Island area alone, he is intimately acquainted with every island, cove, harbor, headland, fishing village and lighthouse within 50 miles of the Bar Harbor town pier.
Blessed with a healthy curiosity, Capt. Shaw has "never met a fact he wasn't interested in" according to his wife Joyce. And there is nothing he enjoys more than sharing the wealth of information he has collected over the past quarter century with visitors eager to truly "experience" all Acadia National Park and the Mount Desert Island area has to offer.
Having helped organize the first Earth Day celebration in 1970, Capt. Shaw has been a deeply committed environmentalist for more than 30 years. The founder and Director of the Coastal Maine Bald Eagle Project headquartered in Bar Harbor, Capt. Shaw has been conducting an independent study of Maine's coastal bald eagle population since the late 1970s. His study area runs from Isle Au Haute to Milbridge, encompassing 650 miles of shoreline, 150 islands, and approximately 54 nesting pair of eagles.
In addition to the many thousands of hours Capt. Shaw
has spent in the field studying eagle behavior, he has maintained a long-term
commitment to safeguarding Maine's recovering bald eagle population. He
played a key role, for instance, in securing badly needed legislative
protection for Maine's eagles in the mid-1980s. He also worked to secure
protection for bald eagle nesting and foraging habitat in the 1990s. He
continues today to be actively involved in programs promoting the future
of Maine's growing bald eagle population.
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