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Presented by L.L.Bean and Maine Audubon

May 24-26, 2019 — Freeport, Maine

We’re flocking to the best bird-watching spots in Freeport, Maine, for a weekend filled with free events, outings and activities for birders of all skill levels, interests and ages.



Featured Events

Friday, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Laura Erickson: Close Encounters of the Bird Kind

Laura will share tales of her encounters with various bird species during her time as a wildlife rehabilitator, and how different wild birds deal with temporary captivity in their own special ways.

Laura Erickson has been a scientist, teacher, writer, wildlife rehabilitator, professional blogger, public speaker, photographer and Science editor at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She is the author of eleven books on birds and a producer for the long-running “For the Birds” radio program and podcast.

Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Monhegan Island Birding Hike, $159

Experience a unique view into bird migration, as you hike along the sheer ocean bluffs of Monhegan Island, one of the nation’s most stunning places and a premier birding destination. Space is limited – advance registration is required.


SUNDAY, 11:30 a.m. to 1 P.m.

NEW! Bird Comics Workshop with Rosemary Mosco

Acclaimed comic artist Rosemary Mosco will teach you all about drawing and writing comics, help you discover the funny side of nature, and guide you in creating a comic of your own.

Saturday & Sunday

Live Bird Demonstrations

Select weekend workshops at our Flagship store, hosted by Center for Wildlife and Chewonki, will use live birds and other unique specimens to educate visitors about birds of prey, owls and other native Maine species. See full event schedule for times and locations.

Saturday & Sunday

Guided Birding Walks

We’re hosting a weekend of amazing expert-guided outings through the best ocean, river, lake and wooded bird-watching habitats in Freeport, including a Saturday morning walk designed just for kids, led by Laura Erickson.



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About Our Birding Festival Partners

Maine’s oldest and largest wildlife conservation organization, Maine Audubon works to conserve the state’s wildlife and wildlife habitats by engaging people of all ages in education, conservation and action.


The world leader in the study, appreciation and conservation of birds, dedicated to advancing the understanding of nature and to engage people of all ages in learning about birds and protecting the planet.


A live and interactive radio show about wild birds and the beauty of nature, featuring expert guests and weekly contests. Listen online and on the radio in New England, New York and Maryland.