May 27, 2020
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11th Annual Wings, Waves & Woods Festival – Celebrating the Year of the Bird

Community Author: Jane Rosinski
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Gordon Russell | BDN
Gordon Russell | BDN

This birding and art festival celebrates the Year of the Bird. The island of Deer Isle welcomes visitors to join the celebration Friday, May 18- Sunday, May 20. The Year of the Bird marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most important bird-protection law ever passed.

Events range from boat trips to Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge to look for Puffins, Great Cormorants, Razorbills and other pelagics to natural history tours, warbler walks, birding for kids, avian inspired art offerings, bird’s eye view flights, a live owl presentation and more.

New offerings this year include a special dinner Friday night at Whale’s Rib Tavern which includes Bob Duchesne’s famous “Birding by Ear” program, a Birders BBQ on Saturday night at Inn on the Harbor in Stonington which is conveniently located directly across from the Town Hall where featured speaker, Bonnie Bochan will share intimate stories and insights from her 30 years studying long distance migrants in Ecuador. For those looking for lunch options, Rabbit Hill Farm will be offering a chowder & popover special. Looking for more boat trips? The Thorofare Cruise and Swan’s Island trips are back by popular demand as well as a new trip around Hard Head Island.

Some of the best birding is found on quiet roads, and there are miles of trails on the 12 nature preserves, nearly all of which include shore frontage. Wings, Waves & Woods is informal, welcoming to beginners and families as well as experienced birders, and is a great way to explore Deer Isle, its birds, natural areas and art.

Choose just one or two activities or register for the whole weekend for just $35. The full schedule is available at To register in advance, call 348-2455 or email Program updates can be had by calling Island Heritage Trust at 348-2455 and on the Wings, Waves & Woods Facebook page.