17th Annual
Acadia Birding Festival

Mount Desert Island
Bar Harbor, Maine
(Acadia National Park)
Keynote Speakers 2015:
Kenn Kaufman and David LaPuma
May 28-31, 2015


Don't miss our special dedicated PELAGIC SEABIRD BOAT TRIP - Saturday morning (May 30).


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Birding Together: How Birding Can Save Your Life
and Maybe, Just Maybe, Save the World
with Jeffrey Gordon - Thursday 7:00pm

Alvaro Jaramillo has said that if golf is a good walk spoiled, then birding is a good walk perfected. It's such a simple, compelling, positive message. But that positivity is something that birders as a community have relatively rarely managed to convey. Why is it that with as great a "product" to sell as the redemptive power of a passionate curiosity about nature and belonging to community of of some of the most interesting, caring people anywhere, we've made so little traction with the wider public? Join American Birding Association President and Colorado Springs resident Jeffrey Gordon for a celebration of the power of birding to heal and transform, not only our own lives but even our world.

The Big Year
with Greg Miller - Friday 7:00pm
In 1998, Greg set out for a big year, that is, to see as many species of birds as he could within North American and within the calendar year. It turns out that two other individuals also shared that goal in 1998 and the quest of these three highly competitive bird enthusiasts was chronicled in Mark Obmascik's bestseller "The Big Year," and subsequently a movie featuring Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black (who plays Greg's part). The stories behind making the film and the remarkable people that it is based on are fascinating. Greg will be sharing his passion for birds, his motivation for pursuing the big year as well as his adventures on the road. He will also give some insights into his brush with Hollywood fame.  Greg's recap of his adventures, both in the field and on the movie set as a Bird Consultant are sure to keep you entertained and laughing.  This is a talk that's not to be missed!



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