Acadia Birding Festival

Acadia Birding Festival

Photo Credit: Becky Marvil

Explore Mount Desert Island and its birds through numerous events and venues. Greet our warblers on early morning birding walks, visit with puffins and pelagic birds at sea, and observe Peregrine Falcons at an active breeding site in Acadia National Park. Our combination of lectures, walks, and adventures will connect you to Downeast Maine’s many bird species, diverse habitats and local birding experts. Keynote Speakers 2019 are Doug Hitchcox, Raymond VanBuskirk, and Abby McBride.

From the deck of the whale watch catamaran "Friendship V" you can enjoy the sights and sounds of Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Roseate and Arctic Terns on Petit Manan Island then visit with whales and pelagic birds 25 to 30 miles offshore. Our bays and marine estuaries will be explored by kayak and canoe, with registered guide Robert Shaw of National Park Sea Kayak Tours. There is no better way to learn about sea birds than to be on the water with them accompanied by avian experts.

Through a variety of birding walks we will attempt to connect participants to all of the primary terrestrial habitats of Mount Desert Island. We will strive to lead participants to Mount Desert Islands birding "hot spots".

In an effort to make this year's event as Energy Efficient as possible we ask our participants to carpool when possible. We are also keeping most of our events localized during the day Northern Fulmar to minimize the travel distance between events and maximize the time in the field. Each event is suited to all skill levels, from beginners to advanced naturalists. Events vary in level of physical difficulty (specified in descriptions).