June 2-5, 2016
Mt. Desert, Maine
The ecological wonders of the Gulf of Maine during the Acadia Birding Festival include warblers, wildflowers, puffins, guillemots and the Common Eider.
Roger Tory Peterson called Mount Desert Island “the Warbler capital of the world,” and the many field trips and other events will reinforce Peterson’s awe. From pelagic birds at sea to actively breeding Peregrine Falcons at Acadia National Park, participants of the annual event will be thrilled with opportunities to enjoy Maine’s spectacular and unique bird life.
Acadia Birding Festival Diversity
The Acadia Birding Festival features local birding experts, lectures, walks, and adventures involving Downeast Maine’s bird species in diverse habitats. These habitats include include northern hardwood, boreal and spruce-fir forests, bogs, heath, fresh- and salt-water marshes, grassy and shrubby fields, streams, lakes and ponds and Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the Atlantic Coast.
Registration and the serving of lunches will take place at the Somesville Fire Station Community Room. The Acadia Repertory Theater is the venue for the evening presentations and other activities.
Warbler viewing at the Acadia Birding Festival
From the deck of the whale-watching catamaran Friendship V, participants will enjoy the sights and sounds of Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Roseate and Arctic Terns on Petit Manan Island. The vessel will sail 25 to 30 miles offshore to an area where pelagic birds congregate.
Festival participants will explore bays and marine estuaries by kayak and canoe with experts.
Palm Warbler singing during the Acadia Birding Festival (Video: Bob Duchesne)
Jen Brumfield, a full time naturalist and outdoor educator for Cleveland Metroparks, author of several natural history field guides and a rep with Leica’s Birding Optics Prostaff team. Her natural history illustrations have appeared widely in journals, magazines, field guides and beyond. Currently residing in Cleveland, Ohio, she spreads the joy of urban birding opportunities and runs thrilling boat trips on the open waters of Lake Erie seeking rarities left and right.
Sharon “Birdchick” Stiteler, an international speaker and writer for online editions of publications that include WildBird Magazine, Outdoor News, Birds & Blooms, Minnesota Public Radio and National Audubon. She wrote the books Disapproving Rabbits, City Birds/Country Birds and 1001 Secrets Every Birder Should Know, is #32 in the Geek A Week Trading Card set and works as a National Park Ranger.
Birding Festival Organizer
The Acadia birding community hosts this annual festival to celebrate the ecological wonders of the birds of the Gulf of Maine. Participants explore Mount Desert Island and its birds through numerous events and venues. Warblers are targeted on early morning birding walks. Other events feature puffins and pelagic birds at sea, and observations of Peregrine Falcons at an active breeding site at Acadia National Park. The combination of lectures, walks, and adventures are designed to connect participants with Downeast Maine’s many bird species, diverse habitats and local birding experts.