Let me begin by saying – Happy Mother’s Day! In a sense, this post about the 10th Annual Downeast Spring Birding Festival is a tribute to my own mother – who always seemed to be able to identify the many bird species around our home – or, if she couldn’t identify one, would reach for one of her “bird books” and figure it out.
The Spring Birding Festival is held over Memorial Day weekend, May 24th – 27th, in the Cobscook Bay region of Maine, which has been identified by the American Bird Conservancy as “one of the important bird areas in the US.” Why? Well, the diverse habitats of the area provide a good home for a wide variety of bird species. Of the 400 bird species that have been sighted in Maine, nearly three-quarters of them have been sighted in this area in Down East Maine. But really, this is something you should go and experience for yourself.
Participants in this festival have the enviable opportunity to enjoy this picturesque part of Maine while birding during the spring migration and breeding season. The festival offers guided hikes, self-guided explorations, boat tours, and presentations led by area experts. Bird species that are likely to be seen include Atlantic puffins, bald eagles, nesting waterfowl, and, of course, many others.