Photo by Woody Gillies
May 25 - 28, 2018
The annual Down East Spring Birding Festival provides a unique birding experience during spring migration and the breeding season with four days of guided hikes, boat tours, and presentations, all led by local guides with local knowledge. 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. During the 2015 festival, the Solitary Sandpiper and White-winged Crossbill were designated as the most unusual sightings. The most unusual sighting is described as the species most unusual to the Down East region at that time of the year. Other species sighted that are unique to this area were the Black-legged Kittiwake, Great Cormorant, Atlantic Puffin, Gray Jay, Spruce Grouse, 25 species of Warblers, Boreal species, and the American Woodcock.
Come see why eastern 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.
For more information about the Festival, please call (207) 733-2233 ext 330 or email Jeanne Guisinger, Festival Coordinator, using the form at the bottom of the page.
A Huge Thanks to our 2017 Sponsors!
Support from community sponsors is a big part of making the Down East Spring Birding Festival possible each year. Please join us in thanking this year’s sponsors! We encourage you to learn more about them at the links below. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, please see the Info For Sponsors page.
- The Eastland Motel
- Eastport Area Chamber of Commerce – The Eastport Area Chamber of Commerce represents businesses in the Cobscook Bay and Passamaquoddy Bay area, as well as Calais and Grand Lake Stream.
- Machias Savings Bank – We celebrate the exceptional in others. We give back and work together to impact our communities through donations, promoting financial literacy, and volunteering. Machias Savings Bank cares.
- Maine Coast Heritage Trust – Maine Coast Heritage Trust is a state-wide land trust creating permanent access to the Maine coast and public preserves where people, plants, and animals can thrive. MCHT conserves land from Kittery to Lubec. Downeast preserves include Bog Brook, Hamilton Cove, Western Head, and Boot Head—all excellent places to experience the Bold Coast and its incredible breadth of wildlife. For more information about MCHT and experiencing conserved land on the coast, visit mcht.org.
- Cobscook Bay Music – Promoting music and producing concerts in the Lubec area - www.cobscookbaymusic.com
- Downeast Lakes Land Trust – DLLT is a community-led conservation organization, based in Grand Lake Stream, ME. DLLT contributes to the long-term economic and environmental well-being of the Downeast Lakes region through the conservation and exemplary management of its forests and waters. DLLT owns and manages the 56,000-acre Downeast Lakes Community Forest.
- Maine Audubon Fundy Chapter - The mission of the Fundy Audubon Chapter (formerly Schoodic) of Maine Audubon is to educate and engage the people of Washington County, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats, for the benefit of local communities and their natural environment.
- Puffin Pines – Gift store – T-shirts, Minnetonka Moccasins and much more!
- The First, N.A. Eastport Branch – You choose to live in Maine because you believe the best days are ahead. We agree. So let's start building together and see how great we can make this place we call home.
- Harris Point Shore Cabins & Motel (Eastport) – 10 cabins and 10 motel rooms on a quiet point of land on Passamaquoddy Bay. One mile to downtown Eastport, and across the bay from Deer Island and Campobello, NB. Wifi. 24 Harris Point Rd, Eastport ME 04631. 207-853-4776.
- Monica’s Chocolates – Gourmet chocolates, handcrafted in Maine. Gift shop with Peruvian and Indian jewelry, alpaca sweaters, scarves and other Peruvian items. Gourmet coffee, jam and jelly, and mustard.
- Nature New Brunswick – Nature NB celebrates, conserves, and protects New Brunswick’s natural heritage through education, networking, and collaboration. The organization runs Species at Risk programs and hosts the annual Festival of Nature.
- Roosevelt Campobello International Park – Visit Campobello Island the beloved summer home that the Roosevelt family so loved in the early years of the 20th century. it is just across the bridge from Lubec. Enjoy the magnificent 34-roorn' cottage and Visitor Center. Reserve online for "Tea with Eleanor.” Stop by the new Adventure Center, the gateway to the 2800-acre nature park where you can drive, bike, hike, picnic. Have lunch or dinner daily at on-site Fireside Restaurant. Free Admission. Daily 9—5 EDT, May 27-Oct 14. 877—851—6663.
- Tide Mill Organic Farm – Summer Farmhouse Rentals: Like what you see in our unique and beautiful part of the world? Come back to stay at our historic farmhouse; with water views, 5 bedrooms and 1.5 baths, it’s the perfect place to gather with friends and family. Walk our 6 miles of coastline, farm roads and we’re conveniently located to all of Cobscook Bay. Visit our seedling sale at Whiting Town Hall, Saturday and Sunday 10-3 pm.
- APPLE (Association to Promote and Protect the Lubec Environment) (Lubec)
- The Bluebird Motel (Machias)
- Cobscook Bay Cottages (Perry)
- Eastport Windjammers (Eastport)
- International Motel, Inc. (Calais)
- Machias River Inn (Machias)
- Pat’s Place Summer Rental Cottage (Lubec)
- Peacock House Bed and Breakfast (Lubec)
- Quoddy Bay Lobster
- West Quoddy Gifts (Lubec)
Special thanks to the stewards and land owners of places we visit during the Festival, including: Downeast Coastal Conservancy, Downeast Lakes Land Trust, Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Baskahegan Company, Downeast Salmon Federation, Roosevelt Campobello Intl Park, Saint Croix Island, and Wyman’s blueberry barrens – and to Washington County Community College for donating bikes.
Call us at (207) 733-2233, and ask for Jeanne Guisinger (ext 330), Festival Coordinator, or use the form below to send an email.