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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 30-May 1, 2014: Feathers Over Freeport, Freeport
Feathers over Freeport is season opening birding weekend at two state parks not far from world famous LL Bean.
The parks are Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal and Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park in Freeport. Park admission is $3, adults; $1.50, children, ages 5-11; all others free. Organizers ask that visitors register in advance for the bird walks. Those who do register early will receive a free bird poster provided by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
Wings, Waves, Woods Festival May 16-18, 2014: 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 23-26, 2014: 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 29-June 1, 2014: Acadia Birding Festival: : Acadia National Park and beyond
The Acadia Birding Festival is Maine’s 1st bird watching festival, established in 1998. Featured speakers: Jeffrey Gordon (ABA) and Greg Miller (The Big Year). 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 State Park Birding Festival  June 7, 2014: Aroostook State Park Birding Festival:
Located at Aroostook State Park in scenic Northern Maine, this birding festival with the knowledgeable assistance from Aroostook Birders, offers guided bird walks, bird banding demonstrations, live Owls of Maine display, a Wild Turkey educational program, and an environment that is home to many species of birds. The family friendly event allows the visitors to enjoy nature and the birds that live here. Fee $2.00 per adult 12-64 yrs of age, 65 plus and children under 5 free, kids 5-11 $1.00. For more info go to www.parksandlands.com or call 207-768-8341. 
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.