Join Naturalist Journeys’ guide for this exciting NEW! and exciting coastal Maine birding tour. The rocky coast of Maine is considered by many to be the most beautiful shoreline in America. Granite mountains drop off dramatically into the sea and dynamic 12-foot tides draw visitors from around the world to experience Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, and the other wonders of Mount Desert Island. With over 50,000 acres of protected boreal and deciduous forests and meadows, Mount Desert also happens to be one of the best birding locations on the east coast for spring bird migration; it’s also home to many breeding songbirds that typically breed much farther north. This trip is timed for late spring migration and early breeding birds both on land in in the marine environment.

To enjoy all that Acadia and coastal Maine has to offer, this trip does require a good bit of hiking and walking. Most days include casual paced walks of up to three miles on rolling terrain that includes rocks and tree roots. A pelagic birding tour is included to visit sea bird nesting colonies with the Atlantic Puffin being the signature species.

This is a one stop, unpack, and relax tour.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore Mount Desert Island and it’s beautiful, rugged coastline, freshwater wetlands, and wildlife gardens
  • Watch for Boreal Chickadees, Spruce Grouse, Gray Jays and coastal waterbirds
  • Spend time on the Schoodic Peninsula, the only part of Acadia National Park that is on the mainland
  • Attend the Acadia Birding Festival, small and folksy and considered one of the best in the country
  • Embark on a pelagic trip in search of nesting Atlantic Puffins, Black Guillemots, Razorbills, marine mammals, and more

Photo credits: Banners: Sailboat by Greg Smith; Deer by Hugh Simmons Photography; Harbor Seal by Peg Abbott; Breeching Humpback Whale by Greg Smith; Spruce Grouse by Greg Smith; Wild Turkeys by Greg Smith; Maine Scenic by Greg Smith; River Otter by Hugh Simmons Photography; Holiday Inn Resort, courtesy ihg.com; Atlantic Puffin by Tony Beck.