Photo by Woody Gillies
Memorial Day Weekend, 2019
The 2019 schedule will be ready and registration will open by February 1.
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.
Show your support for Bird Fest! Blue hat embroidered with puffins and Bird Fest text. All proceeds support the Down East Spring Birding Festival. If you want your hat in time for the Festival, chose “Pick Up at the CCLC” under shipping options.
Please allow up to two weeks for shipping.
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 2018 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.
Machias Savings Bank
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.
Call us at (207) 733-2233, and ask for Jeanne Guisinger (ext 330), Festival Coordinator, or use the form below to send an email.