The L.L. Bean Maine Audubon Birding Festival (May 25-27, 2018) is right around the corner! Birders and bird-enthusiasts of all ages and abilities will be flocking to Freeport, Maine for the weekend. Will you be one of them?
If you're already starting to plan your itinerary, you can browse the entire schedule here.
Can't decide? We've created a short list of events and activities you definitely won’t want to miss:
Book signing: Saturday, 6-7pm
Psychology of Birding: Saturday, 7-8pm
Camping Atrium, L.L.Bean Flagship Store
Our sweepstakes winners will have the exclusive privilege to meet and go birding with David Sibley, but don’t worry--he’ll also be on hand to sign your Sibley guides. Afterwards, the world-renowned illustrator and author (who illustrated all the birds in our Song Sleuth app) will deliver a keynote presentation about the psychology of bird identification and how our brains both help and hinder our efforts at bird identification.
Birding By Ear
Ear training is a huge component of skilled birding. Sight-impaired birder Jerry Berrier of birdblind.org will teach you helpful techniques for improving your listening skills and Sherwood Snyder of Wildlife Acoustics will show you how the Song Sleuth app can further develop your ears.
If you miss this talk or want more practice birding by ear with Song Sleuth, visit one of our Song Sleuth demos, happening Saturday 11:30am-12pm or Sunday 2-2:30pm in the Camping Atrium.
Family Bat Outing
Saturday, May 26th, 7:30-9pm
Though the popular Bat & Owl Prowl on Friday night is already completely booked, you can still sign up for the bat walk happening at Fogg Farm on Saturday night. You’ll use the Wildlife Acoustics Echo Meter Touch (a bat detector that plugs right into your smartphone) to find and identify bats instantaneously as they fly overhead!
Visitors should download Echo Meter Touch (free on the Apple Store or Google Play Store) and check device compatibility. It is also recommended to bring a flashlight or headlamp and to apply insect repellent.
Click here to sign up and reserve your spot for this guided outing.
Friday May 25, 6-7pm
Why not learn about the only flying mammals while at a bird festival? There’s nothing to fear about these misunderstood creatures. Danielle Gustafson of Bat Conservation International will discuss the many benefits of bats and demonstrate their insect-eating abilities with live bats local to Maine! If you miss the Friday presentation, you can also hear Danielle chat about bats on Saturday from 4-4:30pm, or Sunday 11-11:30am in the Camping Atrium.
with Artist, Michael Boardman
Sunday, May 27th, 10:30am-1pm
Have you ever wanted to learn to sketch the birds you see outside?
This interactive workshop for all ages will teach you the basics of drawing birds and have fun while doing it! All supplies will be provided.
More information about these events and others can be found at www.LLBean.com/Birding. We hope to see you there!