All participants must wear a face mask (not a bandana) during all INDOOR events at all times, and strive to maintain social distancing from other participants, regardless of vaccination status. For OUTSIDE events, if you are vaccinated, you do not have to wear a mask, which is now the Maine policy.
You must register online prior to the festival. All communication will be by email.
Registration Desk Hours (at Wendel Gilley Museum):
We will have a VERY limited Registration Desk at the Wendell Gilley Museum this year (NOT at our normal Festival Center location in Somesville), so please plan on all communication to be by email. Your birding guide will have your registration materials on your first trip. No need to come to the Registration Desk to get your materials (unless your guide does not have your materials).
We will have limited Registration Desk hours each day during the festival (Thursday-Sunday):
Where is the 2021 Festival Center?
This year we will be at the Wendell Gilley Museum at 4 Herrick Road, Southwest Harbor, ME. Google Map
All LIVE talks and KEYNOTE Presentations will be at this location, as well as our registration desk, limited items for sale, author book signings, and VORTEX optic vendor booth. There is very limited parking - if no room left, you can park on Herrick Road.
Very Important: Note that our usual Festival Center is in Somesville at the Fire Station (not used this year due to COVID). You still need to know this location since our directions to field trips are based from the Somesville Fire Station. PLEASE familiarize yourself with the Somesville Fire Station, located at 1157 Main Street, Mount Desert (Somesville), ME 04660. Google Map
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 email@example.com or call 207-233-3694 (but emailing is a much faster way to get an answer!).