19th Annual
Acadia Birding Festival


Mount Desert Island
Bar Harbor, Maine
(Acadia National Park)
    
Keynote Speakers 2017:
Pete Dunne, Nancy McAllister, and Luke Seitz
June 1-4, 2017

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Don't miss our special dedicated PELAGIC SEABIRD BOAT TRIP - Saturday morning (June 3, 2017).
PUFFINS, GANNETS, RAZORBILLS, MURRES, TERNS, SHEARWATERS, FULMARS, STORM-PETRELS, JAEGERS, and more

 


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EXTENSION TRIPS
For those arriving early or staying late

ABF is proud to offer a pre-trip and two post-trips for those who wish to extend their birding experience. 

Saddleback Mountain in search of Bicknell's Thrush 
May 31 (Wednesday) 6am-6pm

This is a full day trip to Saddleback Mountain, leaving from McDonald's Waterville, ME (not Festival Center). It is best to plan on staying in Waterville the night before. There are three motels near the McDonald's in Waterville (Econo Lodge, Hampton Inn Waterville, and Budget Host Airport Inn). Bicknell’s Thrush unique breeding ecology above 3000 feet requires a steady climb to the barren bald peaks of Saddleback Mountain tucked away in the western mountains of Maine. Many northern specialty birds will be found among the rocky summit heaths and boreal krummholz ecosystems of the Rangeley Lakes region, offering opportunities for a variety of hard to find boreal species like Gray Jays, Spruce Grouse and Black-backed Woodpecker. We will study bird communication and ecology of the spruce and fir forest and dwarf shrub summits where Nashville and Blackpoll Warblers, Swainson’s Thrush and Blue-headed Vireo are calling from the spruce zone. On the return trip, we can make a few stops for Black Terns and Purple Martin around the Belgrade Lakes. A busy but rewarding day. We will travel by van for approximately 1 hour 45 minutes to reach the Saddleback Mt from Waterville. Participants should bring snacks, lunch, beverages, bug repellent and sunscreen. Dress in layers as it could be cold. The trip starts and ends at McDonald's in Waterville (approximately 1 hour 45 minutes from Festival Center).

Tour guides are Michael Good and Josh Fecteau. This daytrip requires 5+ miles (round trip) of mostly difficult steep trails and ski slopes with 2000 ft elevation gain, some places with rocks and roots, only for those in good physical walking shape (walking sticks helpful).  The ski slope is moderate to difficult terrain, and some places without a defined trail.  Participants should bring binoculars, snacks, lunch, beverages, bug repellent, sunscreen, and good hiking/walking shoes.  Dress in layers as it could be cold.  There will be some opportunities to stop for food and refreshments at local convenience stores.  Transportation will be by 12-passenger van. There will be room for spotting scopes and photography gear.

(Meet McDonald's in Waterville at I-95 exit 127 at 6am - This is an hour and 45 minute drive from Festival Center, so we recommend you stay in Waterville the night before)

Fee is $90/person. Limit 9 participants.

 

Downeast Big Day
June 5 (Monday) 6am-8pm

This one-day tour is a 14 hour birding blitz along the northern coast of Maine, designed to be flexible for those who are making festival plans. We'll meet at the Machias River Inn at 6am, pass by it again at 4pm (for those who need to leave early), and end the day there at 8pm. Participants may spend the night before (and/or after the trip) in Machias, or travel up the coast from Acadia to meet the group early that morning. We'll travel by van to all the secret hot spots in this vicinity, searching for Spruce Grouse, Boreal Chickadees, Gray Jays, and up to 100 other species in just one day!

The coast above Acadia National Park in downeast Maine becomes more boreal, increasing the chances of rare northern forest species. This is also an area of extensive tidal mudflats and salt marshes where we will look for shorebirds and Nelson's Sparrows. The scenery is often as spectacular as Acadia National Park, but with fewer visitors.

This daytrip will require slow walking on level roads through good habitat. Depending on recent weather, there may be some spots that are muddy. Water resistant footwear is advised. Participants should wear clothing appropriate for the time of year. Dawn temperatures can start in the 40s in May/June.

Participants should bring binoculars, lunch, and beverages. There will also be multiple opportunities to stop for food and refreshments at local convenience stores.

Fee is $90/person. Limit 10 participants.  Participants interested in staying at the Machias River Inn may make their own reservations directly with the inn at 207-255-4861. Other accommodations are nearby.  Trip starts at 6am at the Machias River Inn and ends at 8pm.

Boreal Big Day
June 6 (Tuesday) 6am-8pm

Boreal Chickadees, Spruce Grouse, Gray Jays, Black-backed Woodpeckers, and Olive-sided Flycatchers – is there one single place that has them all? Yes, we’re going to the Burn Road. Although this one special road is over a hundred miles away from Mount Desert Island, it’s worth the ride. Expect lots of warblers and other northern songbirds, too.

This one-day tour is a 14 hour birding blitz in northern inland Maine. We'll meet at Machias River Inn at 6am and end the day at the Inn at 8pm.  Participants may spend the night before (and/or after the trip) in Machias, or travel up the coast from Acadia to meet the group early that morning. We'll travel by van.

This daytrip will require slow walking on level roads through good habitat. Depending on recent weather, there may be some spots that are muddy. Water resistant footwear is advised. Participants should wear clothing appropriate for the time of year. Dawn temperatures can start in the 40s in May/June.

Participants should bring binoculars, lunch, and beverages. There will also be multiple opportunities to stop for food and refreshments at local convenience stores.

Fee is $90/person. Limit 10 participants.  Participants interested in staying at the Machias River Inn may make their own reservations directly with the inn at 207-255-4861. Other accommodations are nearby.  Trip starts at 6am at the Machias River Inn and ends at 8pm. 

 


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