13th Annual Down East Spring Birding Festival

Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-30, 2016

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. The Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife has named the Down East Spring Birding Festival one of the best in the country and Yankee Magazine listed it as an Editor’s Choice event in 2014.

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.

The Cobscook Bay area is home to numerous year round and migratory birds. Over 400 bird species have been sighted in Maine. Almost three-quarters of those species 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 is available now!

Register online for the 12the 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.