Maine’s Down East and Acadia region offers perhaps the most interesting and ecologically diverse birding in the State of Maine. The National Audubon Society, the American Bird Conservancy, and the National Geographic Society have all identified several Down East birding spots as “Important Bird Areas in the US.” Boreal and northern hardwood forests, bogs, fresh- and salt-water marshes, grassy and shrubby fields, streams and lakes, steep rugged headlands, extensive tidal flats, and coastal islands make birding in Down East Maine the adventure of a lifetime.
While in Southwest Harbor, you have the unique opportunity to explore these and other habitats on Mount Desert Island with a Registered Maine Guide. With their years of experience, these guides can help you to strengthen your field identification skills while putting you in contact with uncommon species like Warblers, Black-backed Woodpeckers or Razor-bills as well as Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Neotropical migrants, and Pileated Woodpeckers.
What birds you see and hear depends on the time of year you visit, of course. But whatever the season, your guide knows where the birds are, and soon you will, too. First-timers and experienced birders will all have something to learn and remember.
Birding in Maine is always a fantastic experience, and regularly scheduled tours or customized tours for you or your group are available year round. But there is perhaps no other birding event that offers the variety of bird-watching experiences as the Acadia Birding Festival. Through a variety of birding walks and tours, participants can connect to all of the primary terrestrial habitats of Mount Desert Island. Meet and learn from local bird experts and experience all of Mount Desert Island’s birding “hot spots.”