Friday, April 1, 2016

A Most Picturesque Birding Festival

Atop Cadillac Mountain, photo by Tom Kuenzli
If your ideal birding festival combines rugged ocean coastline, diverse habitats, small crowds of friendly folks, and fresh lobster for dinner, take note, friends: The Acadia Birding Festival, June 2-5, 2016 will most certainly fit the bill!

Festival Center, right up around Bar Harbor, is on Mount Desert Island, the largest of Maine's coastal islands. The area could very well be one of the most beautiful and alluring places on Earth for just about any visitor. For the birder, too? Yes, especially so! The outer islands, beaches, and rocky coastline, Cadillac Mountain and the inland lakes, aspen and broad leaf forests, maturing stands of red spruce,bogs, and marshes all present a perfect setting for this festival's field trips and learning opportunities. Throw in a restored puffin colony, and Acadia National Park (this year celebrating its 100th year in the National Park System), and, well, suffice it to say, you had better get registered, and soon.
Jen Brumfield's enthusiasm is contagious! You won't want to miss her Keynote on Thursday evening.

Acadia Birding Festival is humming along into its 12th year--and the lineup of keynotes, workshops/talks, trip leaders, and guides is impressive. Come learn, listen to, and walk alongside these industry specialists! festival schedule. Pre-and post-festival extension trips are also in the offering.

Leader and Keynote Speaker Sharon "Birdchick" Stiteler

Hone your photography skills, discover birding by ear, and learn (once and for all) which seabird is which. Get comfortable logging your daily sightings on eBird, and learn about phone apps that will help you in the field. Bird by canoe, or get in on the pelagic boat trip before it fills--an unforgettable experience! The array of choices is vast. Click this link to see the entire schedule of events.

Dr. Steve Kress will talk about Project Puffin at this year's festival
Eagle Optics Sales Manager Ben Lizdas will be on hand at Festival Center to show you the latest in binoculars, scopes, and tripods. So what are you waiting for? Register today, my friends, and get ready to delight in the scenery, the birds, and the sheer beauty of coastal Maine in early June, at the Acadia Birding Festival!

Nina Cheney
Eagle Optics Staff
Binoculars: Bring them. See what they bring you.


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