21st Annual
Acadia Birding Festival


Mount Desert Island
Bar Harbor, Maine
(Acadia National Park)
    
Keynote Speakers 2019:
Doug Hitchcox, Raymond VanBuskirk, & Abby McBride
May 30-June 2
2019

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Don't miss our special dedicated PELAGIC SEABIRD BOAT TRIP - Saturday morning (June 1, 2019).
PUFFINS, GANNETS, RAZORBILLS, MURRES, TERNS, SHEARWATERS, FULMARS, STORM-PETRELS, JAEGERS, and more

 


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ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AWARDS
 

Each year, the Acadia Birding Festival gives back to the local community by presenting the Environmental Stewardship Award (and a donation) to one or two organizations that focus on protecting and improving habitats and ecosystems, and/or educating the public about the importance of habitat preservation.  If not for these special places of protected land, we would not have the diversity of bird and wildlife that so many of you come to enjoy.

2018 Awards

Friends of Maine Coastal Islands NWR is a non-profit, community-based organization founded in 2003 by local individuals dedicated to supporting the Maine Coastal Island National Wildlife Refuge in its efforts to conserve, protect and enhance the rich diversity of coastal habitats, seabirds and other wildlife. FOMCI supports the Refuge by contributing funds for seabird research and supporting student interns working on the seabird nesting islands during the summer (including Petit Manan Island where the ABF Pelagic Trip visits).

Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary is a non-profit organization that conducts environmental research, restoration and education programs related to the local environment. The Sanctuary protects and conserves over 230 acres of forested and wetland areas surrounding Somes Pond, and provides public access to these areas through a well-maintained trail system. They provide a variety of year-round public and school education programs in natural history and conservation topics related to the local environment. The Sanctuary’s headquarters building overlooking Somes Pond offers the perfect natural setting for public education programs and is a popular meeting/retreat space for other organizations. Billy Helprin, director of Somes-Meynell, is also putting ABF's 23 pairs of kids binoculars to good use year-round with special walks he does with school kids in the area. We are delighted that these binoculars aren't sitting dormant outside the regular festival season.

Schoodic Institute supports science and education initiatives throughout Adadia National Park and the region and partners with the National Park Service to manage the Schoodic Education and Research Center campus. Scientists, educators, and citizen scientists of all ages collaborate on the ambitious vision of a better understanding of the biodiversity and resources of all of Acadia National Park and its region. Schoodic Institute links its research community to powerful educational experiences and to opportunities to reach millions of Park visitors each year, including providing opportunities for youth to learn about and be inspired by the out-of-doors.

The Mt Desert Island Regional School System received 10 binoculars from ABF to use in their field packs for outdoor exploration and study, and to be used by the birding club. It is ABF's way of helping to encourage these students to enjoy the outdoors and see nature more clearly, hopefully leading to a life-long connection with the natural world around them. Five of the 10 binoculars have been donated to Tremont Consolidated School and the other five to Trenton Elementary School.

2017 Awards

The Community School of Mount Desert Island is an independent, place-based elementary school, cultivating a sense of self, place, and community. The school focuses on outdoor activities and has expressed interest in purchasing binoculars for their students who learn about the natural world by hiking through Acadia National Park, often focusing on birds. They also learn about land conservation by becoming stewards of a Maine Coast Heritage Trust preserve. ABF hopes our gift will help inspire and bring awe and a sense of wonder to these students during their outdoor activities so they can one day become good stewards of the land and understand the importance of our natural world.

Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary is a non-profit organization that conducts environmental research, restoration and education programs related to the local environment. The Sanctuary protects and conserves over 230 acres of forested and wetland areas surrounding Somes Pond, and provides public access to these areas through a well-maintained trail system. They provide a variety of year-round public and school education programs in natural history and conservation topics related to the local environment. The Sanctuary’s headquarters building overlooking Somes Pond offers the perfect natural setting for public education programs and is a popular meeting/retreat space for other organizations. Billy Helprin, director of Somes-Meynell, is also putting ABF's 23 pairs of kids binoculars to good use year-round with special walks he does with school kids in the area. We are delighted that these binoculars aren't sitting dormant outside the regular festival season.

Frenchman Bay Partners is located in Bar Harbor. Its mission is to ensure that the Frenchman Bay area is ecologically, economically and socially healthy and resilient in the face of future challenges. The vision of the Frenchman Bay Partners is a healthy and sustainable future for Frenchman Bay where multiple users can enjoy the inherent beauty and benefit from the ecological and economic viability of the bay. Frenchman Bay Partners consists of individuals and organizations representing marine industries, research organizations, tourism companies, education institutions, conservation groups, land trusts, and municipalities. These groups work on projects supporting the four conservation targets of the Frenchman Bay Plan: eelgrass, mudflats, subtidal benthic habitats, and migratory fish.

2016 Awards

Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Somesville, is a non-profit organization that conducts environmental research, restoration and education programs related to the local environment. The Sanctuary protects and conserves over 230 acres of forested and wetland areas surrounding Somes Pond, and provides public access to these areas through a well-maintained trail system. They provide a variety of year-round public and school education programs in natural history and conservation topics related to the local environment. The Sanctuary’s headquarters building overlooking Somes Pond offers the perfect natural setting for public education programs and is a popular meeting/retreat space for other organizations.

Friends of Maine's Seabird Islands, located in Rockland, is a non-profit, community-based organization founded in 2003 by local individuals dedicated to supporting the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge in its efforts to conserve, protect and enhance the rich diversity of coastal habitats, seabirds and other wildlife.

Project Puffin - The National Audubon Society started Project Puffin in 1973 in an effort to learn how to restore puffins to historic nesting islands in the Gulf of Maine. Today, Project Puffin refers to the active seabird restoration programs for puffins and other Maine seabirds as well as many public education programs. In Maine and beyond, Project Puffin is also known as Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program as it actively works to share restoration methods to benefit rare and endangered seabirds worldwide while building a culture of seabird conservation and appreciation. Project Puffin has a year round staff of seven which increases to about fifty during the seabird breeding season in spring and summer, including interns and volunteers. Project Puffin is based in Ithaca, NY at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Todd Wildlife Sanctuary, Bremen on mid-coast Maine. It is part of the Science Division of the National Audubon Society.

 
2015 Awards

Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Somesville, is a non-profit organization that conducts environmental research, restoration and education programs related to the local environment. The Sanctuary protects and conserves over 230 acres of forested and wetland areas surrounding Somes Pond, and provides public access to these areas through a well-maintained trail system. They provide a variety of year-round public and school education programs in natural history and conservation topics related to the local environment. The Sanctuary’s headquarters building overlooking Somes Pond offers the perfect natural setting for public education programs and is a popular meeting/retreat space for other organizations.

Penobscot Watershed Eco Center, located in Bar Harbor, has a mission "to increase our understanding and appreciation for the Character, History and Future of the Penobscot River Watershed." The Center features the Living Web exhibit, highlighting cultural and ecosystem connections from the headwaters to the sea, using the Penobscot River, from Mount Katahdin to the Penobscot Bay, as a focal point. Interconnections between the natural history and human history in the Penobscot watershed is used as a teaching tool to emphasize the importance of restoring the alewives and other important diadromous fish that migrate along traditional routes from Katahdin to the sea.

2014 Awards

Maine Coast Heritage Trust, with a local office in Somesville, conserves and stewards Maine's coastal lands and islands for their renowned scenic beauty, ecological value, outdoor recreational opportunities, and contribution to community well-being. MCHT provides statewide conservation leadership through its work with land trusts, coastal communities and other partners. MCHT's organizational values include: A commitment to voluntary land conservation, embracing the highest ethical standards, dedication to excellence in their work, and working in a collaborative, pragmatic and problem solving fashion.

Friends of Maine's Seabird Islands, located in Rockland, is a non-profit, community-based organization founded in 2003 by local individuals dedicated to supporting the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge in its efforts to conserve, protect and enhance the rich diversity of coastal habitats, seabirds and other wildlife.
 

2013 Award

Frenchman Bay Partners is located in Bar Harbor. Its mission is to ensure that the Frenchman Bay area is ecologically, economically and socially healthy and resilient in the face of future challenges. The vision of the Frenchman Bay Partners is a healthy and sustainable future for Frenchman Bay where multiple users can enjoy the inherent beauty and benefit from the ecological and economic viability of the bay.  The ABF 2013 award went specifically to Jane Disney to further her research on eelgrass in Frenchman's Bay. Eelgrass is an ecologically and economically valuable marine flowering plant which provides habitat to a variety of marine organisms, serves as a food source for others, and helps to stabilize sediments and improve water quality.

 

 


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