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Maine hosts several birding festivals and Maine Audubon group events. Make plans to attend a festival, then extend your state by visiting other sites, using the Maine Birding Trail guides.
Feathers over Freeport April 26-27, 2014: Feathers Over Freeport, Freeport
Some of the best Maine birding will take place the last weekend in April with a unique event designed to appeal to birdwatchers of all abilities, and especially to families and children.
Feathers over Freeport will highlight special birding opportunities in the greater Freeport area, featuring top Maine experts, plus hikes, workshops and other activities for people of all abilities and interests at two locations – Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal on Saturday, April 26, and Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park in Freeport on Sunday, April 27. Avian highlights include the Hawkwatch at the top of Bradbury Mt., the osprey nest at Wolfe's Neck Woods, and the live birds of prey sessions by Wind Over Wings. Cost: The event is free with park admission - Residents: Adults $3; Children 5-11 $1; free for under 5 and over 64; Non-Residents: Adults $4.50; Children 5-11 $1; free for under 5; Seniors $1.50
Wings, Waves, Woods Festival May 15-17, 2015: Wings, Waves, and Woods, Deer-Isle, Stonington
"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. For this year's schedule of events: Click Here.
Downeast Spring Birding Festival May 22-25, 2015: Downeast Spring Birding Festival Cobscook Bay, Whiting.
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.
Acadia Birding Festival May 28-31, 2015: Acadia Birding Festival: : Acadia National Park and beyond
The Acadia Birding Festival is Maine’s 1st bird watching festival, established in 1998. Featured speakers: Kenn Kauffman and David LaPuma. 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.
Aroostook Festival June 6, 2015: Northern Maine Bird Festival:
Located at Aroostook Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge in scenic Northern Maine, this is a local birding festival that benefits from the knowledgeable assistance of Aroostook Birders. This year's free-admission, "rain or shine" festival features: guided bird walks throughout the refuge, netting and banding demonstrations, falconer Dennis Kerekes and his Northern Goshawk, hands-on activities for kids, plus a special live-bird Chewonki Foundation presentation: "Owls of Maine."
Audubon Hog Island
Summer 2014:
Audubon Hog Island Summer Programs
This summer, enjoy world-class ornithology sessions at Audubon’s spectacular Hog Island, located in Maine’s Muscongus Bay. Taught by some of the country’s leading birders, scientists, authors and artists, these dynamic sessions are designed for both beginners and experienced bird enthusiasts.