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11th Annual Down East Spring Birding Festival

Posted Dec. 18, 2013, at 7:26 p.m.
Last modified March 11, 2014, at 10:16 a.m.

Friday, May 23, 2014 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 24, 2014 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 25, 2014 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday, May 26, 2014 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Cobscook Community Learning Center, 10 Commissary Point Road, Trescott, Maine

For more information: Valerie Lawson; 207-733-2233; cclc.me

TRESCOTT, Maine – The Cobscook Community Learning Center and Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge are excited to announce the tenth anniversary of the annual Down East Spring Birding Festival to be held over Memorial Day Weekend, Friday, May 23rd through Monday, May 26th. This spectacular event will offer participants over two dozen guided walks and talks, hikes, and presentations in and around eastern Washington County and Campobello Island. Presenters and guides represent a wide array of bird-related work and passions, and provide terrific educational content and birding techniques. Additionally, there will be opportunities for children and families to engage in fun bird-related activities, boat tours to view puffins and other seabirds, storytelling, guided sea kayak trips, nature sketching and journalling, and evenings of great food and music.

This festival occurs during spring migration and nesting season, a vital time in the lifecycle of birds. The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service administers the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1916, which recognizes the need to “meet conservation challenges” of all birds, and more. (www.fws.gov) FWS, in conjunction with the Canadian Wildlife Service, tracks species from Central America to the Arctic, and works to ensure their continuing role in the environment and ecology of our continent. The US FWS rated the Down East Spring Birding Festival as one of the best in the country for 2011/2012. Maine is home to the second largest species collections in the country, and the goal of this event is to raise awareness of issues and concerns surrounding our continent’s bird populations.

For more information or to participate in the festival, please visit www.downeastbirdfest.org.

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