You must register online prior to the festival. Registration will open early April. All communication will be by email.
Registration Desk Hours:
We will have daily Registration Desk hours during the festival (generally from 10am-3pm - but subject to change) .
Where is the 2022 Festival Center?
This year we will be at a NEW LOCATION in Southwest Harbor:
American Legion Building
22 Village Green Way
Southwest Harbor, ME
We will also have some events and talks at the Wendell Gilley Museum at 4 Herrick Rd, Southwest Harbor, ME.
Very Important: Note that our past Festival Center was in Somesville at the Fire Station which we will NOT be using.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK PASS - Please read
A PARK PASS IS REQUIRED if you plan to drive your car into Acadia National Park. Many of our field trips are in the Park. If the trip name includes the letter "(ANP)" then the trip is in Acadia National Park, and you need a park pass. You can purchase a pass online at https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/fees.htm 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 (for anyone) is $30. If you already have a senior National Park Pass, then there is no need to buy another pass.
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?
The ABF website has descriptions and directions to each event, and a map too (only for trips on MDI). We highly recommend that you view this material prior to arriving at the festival (and download to have on hand). Here on the links: Trip Descriptions and Area Map. Be sure to use Google Maps or something similar to find the off-island field trip locations.
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. 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 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 Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-233-3694 (but emailing is a much faster way to get an answer!).