Festivals

Make plans to attend a festival, then extend your stay by visiting other sites, using the Maine Birding Trail guides.

WWW FestWings, Waves & Woods, Deer-Isle, Stonington: May 17-19, 2019
"Wings Waves & Woods" is Deer Isle and Stonington's Migratory Birding Weekend. Local birders lead conservancy and beach walks, plus there are TWO boat rides to see puffins, sea birds and eagles. Note: The puffin trip to Seal Island is outstanding! Good chance for Purple Sandpipers, Great Cormorants, and pelagic specialties. This festival is timed to enjoy arriving songbirds before many of the wintering sea ducks have departed for Hudson Bay. Island artisans and artists offer birding and nature-related originals.
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Downeast Fest Downeast Spring Birding Festival Cobscook Bay, Whiting: May 24-27, 2019
Hikes, Puffin trips, Sightseeing Boat Trips, Sunset Cruises, Expert Lectures. Join us in the Cobscook Bay area of Down East Maine for a special birding experience during spring migration and the breeding season. You'll have a wealth of opportunities to see many bird species in their special habitats. The Annual Down East Spring Birding Festival provides a unique experience in "the real Maine" where birders can observe a great variety of birds in diverse natural environments. The festival offers birders various self-guided explorations as well as professionally guided hikes, boat tours, and presentations led by area experts.
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Acadia Festival Acadia Birding Festival: Acadia National Park and beyond: May 30 - June 4, 2019 The Acadia Birding Festival is Maine's 1st bird watching festival, established in 1998. Nationally famous speakers are featured every year, to be announced. Participate for a special and educational birding experience during spring migration and the breeding season, with a wealth of opportunities to see many bird species in their unique habitats. The festival offers birders various self-guided explorations as well as guided hikes, boat tours, and presentations led by area experts. Enjoy a diversity of habitats: northern hardwood forests, bogs, fresh and salt-water marshes, grassy and shrubby fields, streams and lakes, steep rugged headlands.
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Rangeley Festival Rangeley Birding Festival: June 7 - 9, 2019 New! It's the inaugural year for this brand new festival, coordinated by the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust and Maine Audubon. It stands out as a more focused opportunity to find the boreal birds of Maine's northern forest, such as Black-backed Woodpecker, Spruce Grouse, and Boreal Chickadee, as well as breeding warblers including Cape May, Bay-breasted, and Mourning. By this weekend, migration has ended and all resident birds should be on territories, giving themselves away in song. The festival includes an opportunity to chase the difficult Bicknell's thrush, which resides atop the mountains surrounding Rangeley Lake. Expect the cry of the loon to drift across the water on any of the lakes in this region, and special loon cruises get just a lens length away.
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