12th Annual Down East Spring Birding Festival

Save the Date! Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25, 2015

The annual Down East Spring Birding Festival provides a unique birding experience during spring migration and the breeding season with four days of self-guided explorations, guided hikes, boat tours and presentations led by area experts.  

While birding, festival participants will enjoy the tranquility and great natural beauty of Down East Maine’s Cobscook Bay area.  The region sports the greatest variety of habitats on the East Coast, including boreal and northern hardwood forests, bogs, fresh- and salt-water marshes, grassy and shrubby fields, streams and lakes, steep rugged headlands, extensive tidal flats, and coastal islands.

These diverse habitats are home to numerous year round and migratory birds. Over 400 bird species have been sighted in Maine, and almost three-quarters of them have been sighted here. 

Come and see why northeast coastal Maine and the waters around Machias Seal Island (home to Atlantic Puffins!) have been identified as "one of the important bird areas in the US" by the American Bird Conservancy.

2015 Schedule coming soon! 


Click here for 2014 schedule.

Click here to view the 2014 festival booklet. 

Register online for the 11the Annual Down East Spring Birding Festival or download registration form to register by mail.

For more information, please call (207) 733-2233 ext 330 or email Jeanne Guisinger, Festival Coordinator.


Down East Spring Birding Festival News

Birds Seen: Kayak Paddle, Deep Cove and Friar Road, Sat., May 24

Kayak Paddle, Deep Cove and Friar Road, Sat., May 24: We had 5 paddlers for the bird festival.  It was beautiful.  We saw grebes, plovers, eiders, crows, herring gulls, black back gulls...and...

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Birds Seen: Birch Point, Perry, Sat. & Sun., May 24-25

Subject: Birch Point, Perry 5/24-25, 2014 Ed & Debbie Hawkes Common Loon Red-throated Loon Double-crested Cormorant American Black Duck Common Eider White-winged Scoter ...

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Birds Seen: Morning Hikes, Sat., May 24

Results from Morning Hikes:Barn Meadow Trail, Baring Div., Moosehorn NWR, Washington County, Maine, US ( Map )Date and EffortEdit Date and EffortSat May 24, 2014 6:40 AMProtocol:TravelingParty Size:10Duration:3...

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Birds Seen: Afternoon Warbler Walk, Fri., May 23

eBird results from Afternoon Warbler Walk, Fri. May 23 Location Edit Location North Trail, Edmunds Div., Moosehorn NWR, Washington County, Maine, US ( Map ) Date and Effort Edit Date...

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Birds Seen: Burn Road, Topsfield, Sat., May 24

Subject: Burn Road Bird List 5/24/14 Burn Road Bird List Double-crested Cormorant Canada Goose Wood Duck American Black Duck Ring-necked Duck Bald Eagle Broad-winged Hawk ...

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Birds Seen: MNWR, Evening Moving event, Sat., May 24

Baring Div. Moosehorn NWR, Evening Moving Event, Washington County, Maine, US ( Map ) Date and Effort Edit Date and Effort Sat May 24, 2014 6:30 PM Protocol:Traveling Party Size:35...

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Birds Seen: Machias Seal Island Boat Trip, Fri., May 23

Machias Seal Island, Washington, US-ME May 23, 2014 8:30 AM - 1:50 PM Protocol: Traveling 10.0 mile(s) Comments:     This trip was part of the Down East Spring Birding festival....

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Birds Seen: Pottle Tree Farm, Sat., May 24

Saturday, May 24, 2014 Pottle Tree Farm, Perry, ME 6:30 am – 9 am Fred Gralenski Double-crested Cormorant Canada Goose American Black Duck Osprey Cooper’s Hawk Bald Eagle ...

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Birds Seen: Medicinal & Edible Plant Walk, Fri., May 23

Friday, May 23, 2014 Medicinal & Edible Plant Walk South Trail, Edmunds Moosehorn Fred Gralenski Lots of plants but some birds, too Red-eyed Vireo Blue Jay Black-Capped...

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Birds Seen: Pennamaquan River Alewife Walk, Sat., May 24

Saturday, May 24, 2014 Pennamaquan River Alewife Walk Lower Falls, Pembroke, ME Fred Gralenski Lots of fish, but some birds, too. Canada Goose Osprey Bald Eagle Herring...

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Birds Seen: Head Harbor Passage, Sun, May 25

Head Harbor Passage, Charlotte, CA-NB May 25, 2014 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Protocol: Traveling 7.0 mile(s) Comments:     This trip was part of the Road Scholar program with the Down East...

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Birds Seen: Cove Trail, Pike Lands, Lubec, Sat., May 24

Cove Trail, Pike Lands, Lubec, Washington County, Maine, US ( Map ) Date and Effort Edit Date and Effort Sat May 24, 2014 6:30 AM Protocol:Traveling Party Size:13 Duration:1 hour(s),...

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Birds Seen: Huckins Beach Trail, Pike Lands, Lubec, Sat., May 24

Huckins Beach Trail, Pike Lands, Lubec, Washington County, Maine, US ( Map ) Date and Effort Edit Date and Effort Sat May 24, 2014 8:00 AM Protocol:Traveling Party Size:7 Duration:1...

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Birds Seen: Birding Hike for Photographers, Moosehorn NWR--Edmunds Division, Sun., May 25

Moosehorn NWR--Edmunds Division, Washington, US-ME May 25, 2014 7:15 AM - 10:18 AM Protocol: Traveling 7.0 mile(s) Comments:     Primary purpose was to photograph birds, traveled down North...

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Birds Seen: Passamaquoddy Walking Path, Sun., May 25, 7am

Passamaquoddy Walking Path, Washington County, Maine, US ( Map ) Date and Effort Edit Date and Effort Sun May 25, 2014 7:00 AM Protocol:Traveling Party Size:8 Duration:3 hour(s)...

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Birds Seen: Passamaquoddy Walking Path, Sun., May 25, 2pm, Road Scholar

Passamaquoddy Walking Path, Washington County, Maine, US ( Map ) Date and Effort Edit Date and Effort Sun May 25, 2014 2:00 PM Protocol:Traveling Party Size:9 Duration:16 hour(s) ...

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Birds Seen: Western Head, Sat., May 24

Western Head – Black-throated Green Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Black Scoter, Common Loon, Bald Eagle, Common Raven, American Crow, Common Eider, Grey Catbird, Ruby-throated...

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Birds Seen: Moose Cove, Sun., May 25

Moose Cove – Common Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Red-breasted Merganser, Surf Scoter, Downy Woodpecker, Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Redstart, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Magnolia...

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Birds Seen: Boot Head Preserve, Sun., May 25

Boot Head Preserve, Washington County, Maine, US ( Map ) Date and EffortSun May 25, 2014 7:00 AM Protocol:Traveling Party Size:10 Duration:3 hour(s), 35 minute(s) Distance:3.0 mile(s)...

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Birds Seen: RCIP Carriage Trails, Moving event, Sun., May 25

Roosevelt Campobello International Park, Charlotte County, New Brunswick, CA (Map ) Date and Effort Sun May 25, 2014 10:30 AM Protocol: Traveling Party Size: 1 Duration: ...

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Birds Seen: Musquash Esker, Sat., May 24

Musquash Esker, Washington County, Maine, US ( Map ) Date and Effort Edit Date and Effort Sat May 24, 2014 11:00 AM Protocol:Traveling Party Size:8 Duration:3 hour(s) ...

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Birds Seen: RCIP Trails, Mon., May 26

Date and Effort  Mon May 26, 2014 6:00 AM  Traveling Party Size: 6 Duration: 4 hour(s), 10 minute(s) Distance: 8.0 mile(s) Observers: Valerie...

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Birds Seen: West Quoddy Head SP, Moving event, Mon., May 26

West Quoddy Head SP, Washington, US-ME May 26, 2014 5:45 AM - 10:45 AM Protocol: Traveling 19.0 mile(s) Comments: Traveled by car from lighthouse parking lot to Pike's Pond on S. Lubec Rd and back...

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Birds Seen: Blueberry Barrens & Addison Salt Marsh, Mon., May 26

Blueberry Barrens-Military Antenna Array, T-19, Washington, US-ME May 26, 2014 8:20 AM - 12:50 PM Protocol: Traveling 15.0 mile(s) Comments: This trip was part of the Down East Spring Birding Festival...

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