Deer Isle, ME is a popular place on the East Coast to watch the spring birding migration. Wings, Waves & Woods Weekend is an annual birding festival that draws people from all over New England to watch birds returning north from their warm winter retreats, and is one of the most wonderful ways to celebrate the return of spring weather on the Maine Coast as well. Taking place May 20th through the 22nd, Wings, Waves & Woods Weekend is a great event for the whole family to enjoy the beautiful outdoors on this gorgeous Maine island.
About Wings, Waves & Woods
Registration for this fun weekend of birding is now open and costs just $35 per packet. Participants can register all the way up to the opening reception on May 20th at the Pearson Legacy Gallery. The registration packets include a bird list, information on local nature preserves, an Island Guide, and coupons for local businesses. Aside from the initial registration fees, there are additional costs associated with many of the wonderful events being hosted for Wings, Waves & Woods this year. These activities include plane and boat trips to get closer views of the migration, art workshops, and a special dinner where you’ll get to meet people with similar interests, as well as birding professionals.
Events at Wings, Waves & Woods
- Introduction to Birding
One of the first events of the weekend, this is the perfect crash course on birding in which you’ll learn everything from how to use binoculars, scopes and guidebooks. You’ll also learn about where to go scouting for birds.
- Night Serenade
This night walk is a romantic evening out with the birds. Take a night walk through the woods to hear the thrushes, sparrows and other wonderful songbirds ready to lull you to sleep.
- Scott’s Landing Bird Walk
Scott’s Landing is known as the hottest birding spot on the whole island. Aside from its beautiful scenery, the tidal shore is a favorite spot for migrating birds and is sure to house many of them.
- Birds Eye View Flights
New this year, people attending the Wings, Waves & Woods have the opportunity to take twenty-minute flights in a five passenger plane. The pilots will take you wherever you want to go, giving you a great chance to see not only where the birds are, but anything else you want to see.
- Pelagics and Puffins
Take a trip through the archipelago and the Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge where you’ll find thousands of nesting pelagics from puffins to cormorants.
- Birding by Kayak
Take a leisurely paddle along the shore with a Maine registered guide. You’ll get to explore the sea line of Deer Isle and the nearby islands.
- Needle-Felted Chickadee Workshop
Come learn how to make your own needle-felted chickadee, which is the Maine state bird. You’ll get to take home your own art project to remember this great birding weekend.
The Pilgrim’s Inn offers a special for guests attending Wings, Waves & Woods Weekend, with a 15% discount off your stay. Don’t miss this great weekend away in Maine!