Deer Isle and Stonington are two island
villages accessible by bridge, hidden along the Maine coast. They are
located on a peninsula just south of Acadia National Park. More lobsters
are landed at the Stonington pier than anywhere else in the United States.
In recent years, these eclectic towns have attracted a community of
artists, drawn by the incomparable natural beauty of the area. It is
the perfect spot to kick off Maine's birding festival season.
This 3-day event combines birding by foot, by boat, and even by plane. Famous for its boat trips, this year, the festival is offering a bird's eye view of Deer Isle from a Cessna 260!
See: SCHEDULE; REGISTRATION FORM
It is a small festival appreciated by beginners, but very attractive to visitors who take advantage of its many boat trips to get offshore and see puffins and Maine's wintering sea ducks. Two trips to Seal Island offer sightings of Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Common Murres, Black Guillemots, and Great Cormorants. Northern Gannets are likely, and other pelagic species have been encountered over the years, including Wilson's storm-petrels, Parasitic Jaegers, and Red-necked Phalaropes. More than twenty species of warblers are seen on the several guided walks on the island's preserves. Kids will enjoy the live owl demo and learning how to check blue bird nesting boxes for signs of new life. The Harbor Cafe, a local favorite, puts on a special birders supper.
REGISTRATION Contact Island Heritage Trust (IHT) at 207-348-2455 or email@example.com; or register Friday, May 19, 4:30-6:30 PM at reception and art exhibit "Wings, Waves & Woods" at Pearson Legacy Gallery, 13 Dow Rd, Deer Isle. Registration packets are $35 (boat/plane trips, art workshops and Birder's Supper are additional), and include: bird list, nature preserve info, maps, Island Guide, local coupons, the coveted WWW cap and help support next year's event. Supper tickets purchase one of three entrees, rolls, side dishes, dessert and a drink; tax and gratuity included. For boat trips allow plenty of time for parking and boarding and dress warmly! For bad weather notices and program updates call IHT at 348-2455 or check the Wings, Waves and Woods Facebook page.