Why You Need to Attend the Acadia Birding Festival

From forested mountains to rocky coasts, Maine is known for its gorgeous landscapes. In Downeast Maine, you will discover some of the most breathtaking scenery you have ever experienced, including a wildlife. Several varieties of local and migrant birds can be found here, resulting in many birding opportunities and events. One of the most popular is the Acadia Birding Festival in Acadia National Park.

If you’re going to be in town for the Acadia Birding Festival, you’ll want to start planning your trip. Our complimentary Vacation Guide is here to help! We know that planning your getaway can be challenging, so we created this list of handpicked, local recommendations to save you from hours of research. This free guide has helped countless travelers plan their trips, so get a copy today!

What is the Acadia Birding Festival?

The four-day Acadia Birding Festival is the perfect event for bird lovers and nature explorers of all kinds! Enjoy a combination of hiking through Acadia National Park, educational tours, and workshops about the area’s species of birds. You will discover some truly beautiful creatures like Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Roseat, and more!

When is the Acadia Birding Festival?

Held in late May and early June, the Acadia Birding Festival is an ideal summer activity. Enjoy a range of field trips, boat rides, island treks, kayak adventures, and keynote speeches all involving the birds in Acadia National Park for 4 days.

Acadia Birding Festival Tours and Workshops

The schedule of events during the Acadia Birding Festival includes four full days of varying activities. Keep in mind that these are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, with several already full in advance of the festival. You’ll want to reserve your spot as soon as possible! Bird lovers will appreciate trips to birding hotspots in the national park like Seal Cove, Ship Harbor, Beech Mountain, and Otter Cliff. Boat trips include a trip along Northeast Creek and a Pelagic Seabird expedition. Ferry rides to Frenchboro and Long island are also popular options.

If you would rather learn in a workshop setting, there are many other options as well. There will be a photography workshop for those looking to capture birds in motion and talks on identifying seabirds, avian piscivores, and more! There are also some post-festival events if you miss out on any of the previously mentioned activities.

Where to Stay During the Acadia Birding Festival

Chairs and water view at Pilgrim's InnIf you’re going to be in town for the Acadia Birding Festival, stay with us at Pilgrim’s Inn! You’ll love continuing your nature and birding retreat on our pristine grounds and surrounding area. Our beautiful bed and breakfast is located directly next to a large mill pond and within a short drive to some amazing hikes and coastal habitats. You are sure to see wildlife even as you relax on our Adirondack chairs! Begin planning your stay by browsing through our accommodations. We have both rooms and cottages to fit your needs! Plus, you get to start each day off right with a delicious breakfast. There’s nothing like waking up to the sounds of birds chirping and the aroma of fresh coffee brewing. Book your stay today!