You must register online prior to the festival. We may not have a Festival Center this year, so please plan on most if not all communication.
Registration Desk Hours:
At this point, we may not have Festival Center open for indoor traffic, but stay tuned....
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 letters "(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.
How do I get to Festival Center?
Address: 1157 Main Street, Mount Desert (Somesville), ME 04660. Google Map
Note that because of COVID, we may not have Festival Center open this year. However, many of our trip directions are based from Festival Center so it is important that you know where the Center is located.
Festival Center is at the Fire Station Community Room, in Somesville. Across the street is the Acadia Repertory Theater where presentations have occurred in previous years, but probably not this year.
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?
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
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 us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-233-3694 (but emailing is a much faster way to get an answer!).