22nd Annual
Acadia Birding Festival

Mount Desert Island
Bar Harbor, Maine
(Acadia National Park)
Keynote Speakers 2020:
Scott Weidensaul, Catherine Hamilton , & Kyle Lima
May 28-31


Don't miss our special dedicated PELAGIC SEABIRD BOAT TRIP - Saturday morning (May 30, 2020).


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Please come to Festival Center to pick up your packet of information prior to your first event.  If you arrive late and are not able to come by Festival Center before your first trip, no worries... simply arrive at your first event, then come by Festival Center later to pick up your information.

Registration Hours:
Thursday    10:00am - 7:00pm
Friday       11:00am - 1:00pm
Friday        4:30pm - 7:00pm
Saturday   11:00am - 1:00pm
Sunday     11:00am - 1:00pm

A PARK PASS IS REQUIRED if you plan to drive your car into Acadia National Park (and many of our field trips are in the Park, including Pretty Marsh, Ship Harbor, Wonderland, Sieur de Monts Spring, Witch Hole, Otter Cliff, Flying Mt, and Beech Mt). It is also required if you are signed up for a VAN TRIP on MDI (all of these trips enter the park at some point). You can purchase a pass online at https://www.yourpassnow.com/ParkPass/park/acad or buy at the ANP Visitor\'s Center in Hulls Cove, or the Chamber in Southwest Harbor as well as a few other locations on MDI. If you are 62 or over, you can purchase an ANNUAL PASS for $20. Otherwise, a week-long CAR PASS is $30. IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you are signed up for a van trip on MDI (and not in your own car), PLEASE carry your car pass with you, as you might be asked to present it when in the park. One car pass is good for the pass holder and three additional people.

How do I get to Festival Center?
Address: 1157 Main Street, Mount Desert (Somesville), ME 04660.    Google Map

Festival Center consists of two locations, across the street from each other. One is the Fire Station Community Room, where registration and lunches, among other things, will happen. Directly across the street is the Acadia Repertory Theater where evening presentations, and other activities will occur. Workshops will be in one of these two locations - look for postings to determine which building. Parking may become crowded at times, and some cars may need to be parked on the street. If possible, try to carpool.  
From Ellsworth: (14.5 miles, 23 minutes)
Head southeast on ME-3 E/High St for 9.4 miles. After crossing onto Mount Desert Island, stay straight on ME-102 S/ME-198/Main St, when ME-3 curves to the left. Follow ME-102 for 5.1 miles, through Somesville (note 25 MPH speed zone!), to destination - Fire Station on your right, and the Acadia Repertory Theater on your left.

From Bar Harbor: (8.0 miles, 13 minutes)
Head west on ME-233 W/Eagle Lake Rd for approximately 6.0 miles. Turn right at ME-198 N/ME-3 E/Sound Dr. and drive 1.4 miles. Turn left at traffic light, onto ME-102 S/Main St. Follow for .8 miles, through Somesville (note 25 MPH speed zone!), to destination - Fire Station on your right, and the Acadia Repertory Theater on your left.

What should I bring?
Definitely bring your binoculars. In addition, you might consider bringing a notepad/sketch pad, camera, and scope if you have one. Bring warm clothes, rain gear, and mosquito repellent.  The weather can be cool or hot. Typically in late May and early June we can expect temperatures in the 60s and 70s. It could be clear or rainy.  If you are signed up to do the Pelagic Seabird Boat Trip, bring WINTER clothes.  It is always cold out on the water.

How do I get to my event?
Your registration packet will have descriptions and directions to each event, and a map too.  If you wish to view this material prior to arriving at the festival, please click on the following links: Trip Descriptions and Area Map

How do I decide which field trips to attend?
In general, there will be more bird activity on the morning trips than afternoon trips, so if possible, plan on some morning trips. If you prefer less walking, choose MDI van trips. In general, the walking distance on field trips is about 2 miles, sometimes over easy terrain and sometimes over moderate to difficult terrain. But sure to check out the level of difficulty under the Trip Descriptions before signing up.

What if I need to cancel my registration?
If you cancel your registration (by email) by May 15, a refund, less a $25 fee, will be made to you. After May 15, there will be no refunds. "No-Shows" will not be refunded. Acadia Birding Festival reserves the right to cancel a field trip, program or activity for any reason. In the event this becomes necessary, we will notify you and issue a refund. If trips are cancelled, especially due to weather conditions, some may be rescheduled. If they cannot be rescheduled, they will be refunded. If a rescheduled trip conflicts with one you have already registered for, you may pick which one you would like cancelled and refunded. There will be no refunds for foul weather except for trips ABF cancels.

What if I have more questions?
If you have more questions about the festival, please contact us at beckym@acadiabirdingfestival.com or call 207-233-3694.



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