Fundraising Dinner

Where: Trescott / CCLC Festival HQ

$25 - $35 FEE

Sunday, May 26

5:30–6:30 pm

Mingle with Festival and Road Scholar participants, Festival staff, and guides for a hearty, homemade dinner in the Commons building at Cobscook Community Learning Center. You must pre-register, and select your entrée at that time. This supper has become the signature event for festival participants. Join the fun!


Presentation: The Maine Bird Atlas

Where: Trescott/CCLC

Sunday, May 27

3–4 pm

Presenter: Glen Mittelhauser

The Maine Bird Atlas is a collaborative project between the Maine Natural History Observatory, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Maine Audubon, and Biodiversity Research Institute to create the second comprehensive Bird Atlas for Maine.  The project will be run over five years (2018-2022) and will engage the efforts of numerous volunteers.  The initial focus of the project will be on Maine breeding birds with efforts to map distribution and abundance of species in every corner of the state.  The first Maine bird atlas project spanned from 1978-1983 and focused solely on the breeding birds of Maine.  The new Maine Bird Atlas will duplicate and expand upon that earlier work, giving conservationists not only a complete guide to Maine bird species but also an opportunity to track how populations have changed.  This will help determine conservation priorities for years to come.

Glen Mittelhauser is the Executive director of the Maine Natural History Observatory and the Coordinator for the Maine Bird Atlas project.

Meet at CCLC Festival HQ.



Hamilton Cove Preserve and Benny’s Mountain Hike

Where: Lubec / Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Sunday    2–5 pm          

Guide: Colin Brown

This afternoon trip to a popular local birding spot with panoramic views of the Bold Coast is a relatively easy hike with some short uphill stretches.  We will explore a freshwater stream that meets the ocean in a quiet cove.  In addition to saltwater and shorebird species, there is fantastic warbler and songbird habitat throughout the preserve.

From the beach, we will head inland on the Benny’s Mountain Trail, passing through productive alder patches, swale, and mixed woodlands to the summit of the hill.

Total walking distance is about 3 miles.

Meet at Hamilton Cove Preserve parking lot on Boot Cove Rd in Lubec (44°47’20.1”N 67°00’45.6”W). From Whiting or the CCLC, take Rte 189 east toward Lubec. After 5.7 miles from Whiting or 4.0 miles from the CCLC turn right onto Rte 191 (Dixie Rd). Drive south 2.7 miles and turn left onto Boot Cove Rd, then drive east 3.4 miles and turn right into the lot. Or if coming from Lubec or West Quoddy Head via South Lubec Rd, bear right onto the other end of Boot Cove Rd at the sharp leftward bend in South Lubec Rd, then drive west 2.4 miles and turn left into the lot. No restrooms.



Presentation: Mate Selection in Birds and Beyond

Where: CCLC Festival HQ

Saturday, May 26   

2–3 pm     

Presenter: Dr. Herb Wilson (Colby College)

Gaudy plumage, complex and beautiful songs, dances and displays. The ends to which males have to go to find a mate! We'll take an overview of courtship displays in birds and many other animals. We will then come to understand why the females get to do the choosing. We'll end with a few exceptions that prove the rule: birds where the females wear the bright plumage and the males do the mate selection.


Musquash Stream Canoe Trip

Grand Lake Stream/Downeast Lakes Land Trust

Saturday, May 26     

7–11 am     

Guide: Colin Brown

Enjoy a flatwater canoe excursion through one of the finest wetland ecosystems in Maine, guided by a  DLLT staff member.  Big Musquash Stream winds through over 5,000 acres of unpatterned fen and freshwater bogs, providing excellent opportunities for potential species that include swallows, Bobolink, sparrows, bitterns, raptors, and ducks.  Canoes, paddles, and PFD’s are provided. 

This event is free, but space is limited to 12 participants.

Meet at launch site in Grand Lake Stream (GPS 45.2341403, 67.6734547):
From Princeton, follow US 1 north for 3.5 miles to Passamaquoddy Indian Township, and turn left onto Grand Lake Stream Rd. In about three and a half miles you enter Grand Lake Stream and the road becomes Milford Rd. About a half mile later, exactly 4.1 miles from US 1, you will arrive at a wide-open marsh, with a bridge that crosses a flowage. We will launch from that bridge. Look for DESBF signs! Nearest restrooms: Princeton gas stations and grocery store.

GPS 45.226525, -67.679285


Barn Meadow Trail Hike

Where: Baring/MNWR

Saturday, May 26   

6:30–11 am     

Guide: Maurry Mills

Join Maurry and other MNWR staff for an easy 3-mile hike that follows the Barn Meadow Trail through a variety of habitats: various ages of hardwood and softwood forest, a managed oak stand, wetlands, and fields.
Many neotropical migrant birds may be seen. Birds here can include Double-crested Cormorant, American Bittern, Wood Duck, American Black Duck, Ringnecked Duck, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Virginia Rail, Sora, Wilson’s Snipe, Pileated Woodpecker; Alder, Great-crested, and Least Flycatchers; Eastern Wood-Pewee, vireos, thrushes, Marsh Wren, Bobolink, Savannah and Swamp Sparrows, and nearly two dozen species of warblers.
Rubber boots and insect repellent are highly recommended.

After walking the trail we will cross the Charlotte Rd to scan the Magurrewock Marshes from the cross dike and the eagle observation deck for waterfowl, marsh and water birds, and raptors.

Meet at the YCC Building on the grounds of the Refuge headquarters (turn onto the Headquarters Rd from Charlotte Rd and follow signs). From there you can drive your own vehicle or car pool to park along Charlotte Rd near the Barn Meadow trailhead and Magurrewock dike. CAUTION: Watch for high-speed traffic on Charlotte Rd. Note that travel time from the CCLC Festival HQ is 45 to 60 minutes depending on the route you choose. Restrooms: At MNWR HQ in the YCC Building and at the Raven Trail parking area further up


Birding by Ear Walk

Where: Trescott/CCLC

Friday, May 25     

2–3 pm

Woody Gillies, Sallie Satterthwaite

Learning to identify birds by their calls and songs can really enhance your birding experience in the field. We will take an easy walk on mixed-forest trails near the Festival HQ to learn and reinforce our birding-by-ear skills. Responsible use of common bird vocalizations will help us identify the songs and calls we hear during the walk.

Meet at CCLC parking lot. Restrooms: CCLC Festival HQ.



eBird Workshop

Where: Trescott/CCLC

Friday, May 25

1–2 pm

Woody Gillies, Sallie Satterthwaite

Celebrate the Year of the Bird by joining the eBird community! eBird is a computer application developed by the Cornell Ornithological Laboratory in 2002 to record sightings of birds worldwide. It has established an enormous global database that is used by hundreds of thousands of birders and scientists. This workshop will show you how to set up a free account, record bird sightings for your outings, use features of the program to explore the complete data base to plan your own birding trips both locally and around the world, and access your personal bird species list. To whet your appetite see



Downeast Salmon Federation Open House

Where: East Machias/ Downeast Salmon Federation

Monday, May 28

12:30 - 2 pm

Guide: Zach Sheller

The Peter Gray Hatchery is the epicenter of Downeast Salmon Federation's Peter Gray Parr Project. DSF's East Machias location is a research and community outreach facility on the East Machias River and includes a conservation fish hatchery and visitor center. Visit the facility to learn about the unique fish communities in the region and their important connection to birds and wildlife. The East Machias River is one of the last few rivers in the US with wild Atlantic salmon and has one of the largest runs of river herring in the state. The river herring and Atlantic salmon smolts may still be running, so you may see Osprey, eagles, and cormoranta as they harvest these important species.

For more information on DSF visit their websites and or their social media outlets on Facebook ( and Instagram (@downeastsalmon).

Location: 13 Willow Street in East Machias. From Whiting: Head south on US 1 for 13 miles to East Machias. At Archibald’s One Stop gas station & convenience store turn left onto Willow St, cross the Sunrise Trail behind the gas station, and then immediately turn left into the Research Center driveway.


Old Time Music Jam

Where: Trescott/CCLC

Monday, May 28

7 – 10 pm

The CCLC is, at its heart, a community center with year-round activities for local residents and visitors. Twice a month beginning and experienced musicians alike gather round for this music circle, to play together or just to listen and enjoy.
All birders are invited to join in for this closing event of the Memorial Day weekend. Bring an instrument or a song to share if you’d like!

Refreshments are served and donations are welcome.


Bird Sighting Tally

Where: Trescott/CCLC

Monday, May 28

11 am – 1 pm

Stop by Festival Headquarters before you leave and make sure we have a list of all of the species you identified while birding on your own. We would love to know what you found. We keep track year to year of all of our sightings by location. This is valuable information for future birders, as well as biologists who track sightings in this area. Thank you! Guides will turn in lists for scheduled hikes.

Please also remember to turn in your Festival evaluation
by 1:00 pm on Monday.

Your feedback is the most valuable input we have
as we work to improve the Festival from year to year!



Blueberry Barrens and Addison Marsh

Where: Columbia & Addison

Monday, May 28

7:30 - 10 am

GuidesAmy Meehan, Maurry Mills

Join us for this trip to the barrens of Washington County in search of nesting Upland Sandpiper and Vesper Sparrow. These large, sandy plains were created by retreating glaciers and are ideal for cultivating low-bush blueberries, a major agricultural crop in this part of the state. We’ll be on the lookout for additional species that prefer these open and shrubby habitats, including Palm Warbler, Lincoln’s and Savannah Sparrows, Eastern Meadowlark, and Northern Harrier.

While we’re in the area, we’ll swing by Addison Marsh to look for migrating shorebirds and waterfowl such as Blackbellied Plover, Red Knot, and Greenwinged Teal. This large salt marsh attracts a variety of waders and dabblers, and offers good viewing opportunities from dry ground.

If time and weather permit, we may continue our birding in the South Addison or Harrington area for warblers and other migrants.

No strenuous hiking is involved.  Bring along snacks and a drink.

GPS Coordinates for meeting place: 44.659700, -67.574207

Meet at the small parking area in Jonesboro just west of the US 1 bridge over the Chandler River—about 24 miles south of Whiting on US 1 and about 8 miles south of Machias. The lot is on your left (the northbound side of US 1) and adjacent to a church. We will carpool from there up to the blueberry barrens, return to the vehicles, and caravan together to Addison where we will park in the Post Office parking lot. We will carpool again a short distance to the Addison marshes. Restrooms are available at convenience stores along the route.


Moving Event - Eagle Hill Bog, RCIP Carriage Trails, Friar’s Head

Where: Campobello/RCIP

Monday, May 28

6 - 10 am Eastern Time

Time difference: When crossing the border, please note Canada is on Atlantic Time (AT), one hour ahead of Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Guide: Susan Cline

This is a driving and walking tour within Roosevelt Campobello International Park. Campobello Island is a stopover for thousands of migrating birds. The habitat includes marine shoreland, salt and freshwater marshes, sphagnum bogs, coniferous, deciduous and mixed forest, forest edges, thickets, brushy and open fields, cliffs, banks, and ponds. Over 150 avian species breed here or on nearby islands or migrate through the area, including Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, American Black Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Common Eider, Spruce Grouse, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, and many varieties of gulls.

We begin with a small pond behind the Adventure Center where we may expect a variety of warblers, sparrows, finches, flycatchers, vireos, and Gray Catbird. Next we will explore the open fields and wooded areas of Friar’s Head. Here we may expect woodpeckers, raptors, corvids, Eastern Phoebe, thrushes, warblers, sparrows, finches, gulls, cormorants, Black Guillemot, and other water birds. Our last stop will be Eagle Hill Bog, with a short boardwalk hike amid unique vegetation, featuring interpretive signage, benches, and a viewing tower. Here we may expect raptors, corvids, warblers, sparrows, finches, flycatchers, vireos, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, and thrushes. If time permits we may visit more areas.

Make sure you have your passport. If you are not a US or Canadian citizen, check with Customs beforehand to ensure that you will have all needed documentation.

Meet at the Adventure Center on Campobello. From Whiting: Take Rte 189 to Lubec. Follow signs to the Campobello Bridge and US/Canada border crossing.   After you pass through Canadian customs, drive up the hill and turn right into the Adventure Center parking lot. There is a 24-hour restroom at Friar’s Head; the Adventure Center opens at 10 Atlantic time (9 Eastern).  

Please note – Border Crossing:  Documents that comply with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), such as a passport, passport card or trusted traveler card, are required for border crossings with Canada.

  • For US Border Crossing info call (207)733-4331 or online
  • For Canada Border Crossing info call (506)465-2100 or online

Wildlife and Woodcock Management Hike

Where: Edmunds/MNWR

Sunday, May 27

6:30 - 9 pm

Guides: Bill Kolodnicki and Bob Duchesne

On this evening wildlife and birding outing, we’ll explore a diverse selection of forest and field habitats. We will visit areas managed specifically by Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to benefit woodcock; these same areas also provide homes to more than fifty other species. This property is also home to bear, coyote, deer, porcupine, Ruffed Grouse, hare and many other species.

There may be a drive to facilitate wildlife sightings, followed by a short hike. Bring a headlamp or flashlight, as it will be after sunset when we return.

Meet at the CCLC parking lot following the Sunday evening dinner. Be prepared to drive/carpool to a designated location. Restrooms are available at the CCLC.


Presentation by Woody Gillies: "Birds of the Upper Bay of Fundy"

Where: Trescott/CCLC

Sunday, May 28

3 – 4 pm 

Presenter: Woody Gillies has spent 15 years photographing and learning about birds in the Upper Bay of Fundy near Fundy National Park and Shepody National Wildlife Area.

Discussion:  In August hundreds of thousands of small sandpipers forage on enormous mudflats in order to double their body weight prior to long flights to their wintering grounds in South America. Mary's Point and Johnson's Mills are sites to see the birds roosting at high tide and in flight; a spectacle that is truly one of great natural wonders of the world. The tides in this region can be over 45 feet! The salt and freshwater marshes north of Fundy Park are home to a large number of birds and other wildlife. Photos will be shown to learn about the wildlife found in this beautiful area. 

Where: Festival HQ, CCLC in Trescott


Lighthouse Keeping, Islands & Bird Watching

Where: Trescott/CCLC

Sunday, May 27

4 - 5 pm

Presenter:  Delia Mae Farris

Delia has a degree in biology from UMO and descends from a tradition of story tellers. She weaves an intriguing blend of facts about island bird-watching with folklore from her mother Ruth Corbett’s lighthouse keeping family. In the 1950s, Delia’s lobster fisherman father Glenn Farris initiated the puffin birding trips from Cutler harbor to Machias Seal Island. Her uncle, Captain Purcell Corbett, succeeded Glenn as a reliable ocean guide aboard his Audubon Queen, which he designed and built. Captain Andy Patterson carries on this able seamanship lineage with his Bold Coast Charter Company boat tours. Captain Andy’s vessel, the Barbara Frost, passes around Little River Island on its way to and from Machias Seal Island.

Ruth Corbett Farris with her seven brothers and sisters grew up on Little River at the mouth of Cutler Harbor. As an island-loving girl, Ruth laid out the bodies of migrating birds that unfortunately perished when they struck the light tower. Ruth grew up to become a folk art carver of our local sea bird species, including puffins, terns, gulls, and cormorants.

This Festival event appeals to a variety of birding enthusiasts, including historians, families, and home schooling families.


Medicinal and Edible Plant Walk

Where: Trescott/CCLC

Friday, May 25
3 - 5:30 pm

Sunday, May 27
2 – 4 pm

Guides: Fred Gralenski & Amy Zipperer

The forests and fields are filled with plants that can help to nourish and heal. Join local herbalist Amy Zipperer and naturalist Fred Gralenski on this walk, which will explore traditional uses of wild weeds as medicine and food and discuss techniques for harvesting, preservation, and preparing medicines. We may nibble a few plants along the way.

Meet at: CCLC parking lot.


Edmunds/Cobscook Bay State Park: Forest Ecology Walk

Sunday, May 28:  2 - 4 pm

Monday, May 29:  8 - 10 am


Guide: Park Manager Tom Harmon 

Bird along Cobscook Bay State Park’s Nature Trail with park staff.  This 1.5 mile trail moves through mature spruce-fir-pine forests and follows the Mack’s Brook flowage into Burnt Cove. Hikers will be able to mark the progress of the brook as it moves into the estuary and eventually into the open tidal cove. Ledges and a gradual climb will take participants to two overlooks, providing a broader picture of the cove and environs. We will discuss the forest and shoreline ecology and the glacial history of the area along the walk.

The trail moves through a variety of habitats for wildlife such as deer, bear, moose, fox, coyote, snowshoe hare, fishers, squirrels, weasels and porcupines. Birds to keep an eye out for include Osprey, Bald Eagle, Ruffed Grouse, woodpeckers, American Black Duck, ravens, gulls, jays, and herons.

Wear boots or shoes that can get wet and have a good tread. The hike covers varied terrain, with some steep areas. Restrooms are available at the park.

Where to start: To get to the park, take Route 1 to Edmunds and look for park signs marking the turnoff onto South Edmunds Road.  The main park entrance is on the right 0.5 miles from the Rt. 1 turnoff. Meet in the parking lot at the main gate. 

Cobscook Bay State Park sits within the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge and is cooperatively managed by the US Fish &Wildlife Service and Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.


Film Screening of The Messenger

CAN YOU IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT BIRDSONG? A critically acclaimed documentary film, directed by Su Rynard

Where: Trescott/CCLC

Sunday, May 28

1 – 2:30 pm

Where:  Festival Headquarters, CCLC in Trescott


From New York Times Review by Helen T. Verongos, Dec 3rd, 2015:

Watching “The Messenger” — the visuals alone are soothing, at least as long as the birds are flying to the sound of soaring violins — we cling to the beauty and the emotional resonance of birdsong. But we know what’s coming: the tiny cold bodies, their claws curled, littering the sidewalk after smashing into glass; the migrating flocks disoriented by light pollution; the fallen victims of zealous oil drilling in the Boreal Forest.

Shot with a propagandist’s eye for the inflammatory image, the film manipulates us, stoking our instinct to root for the good guys. Vintage news footage depicts Mao Zedong’s 1957 attempt to save China’s grain crops from sparrows by mobilizing the citizenry to eradicate the birds (Boo!), an effort that backfired, contributing to a famine that killed millions.

Young, earnest and, I daresay, charming Frenchmen (yay!) creep through cornfields to photograph evidence of illegal bird-trapping. A local gent, missing a few teeth, threatens the bird lovers with an implement resembling a giant fireplace poker. He rhapsodizes about plump ortolan buntings drizzled with Armagnac and grilled until the bones dissolve. A close-up follows of a diner tearing into a cooked bird, grasping its little head like a handle. (Eew!)

We can’t really expect the director, Su Rynard, to give equal time to bird haters (assuming one or two exist), although the film shows markedly less respect for other creatures. Cats, for one, are branded as invasive and likened to kudzu, but the film wisely stops short of recommending wiping out the species.

Over all, the arguments are persuasive, the message from the birds powerful, and the film a rich and satisfying call to action that is presented with some novel ideas for how to restore the ecological balance.