Coastal Bird Festivals
Acadia Birding Festival
This Mount Desert Island event features a combination of walks, boat rides, and expert speakers along the way. May 29-June 1 2014, Mount Desert Island, ME; 207-233-3694, acadiabirdingfestival.com.
Florida Keys Birding and Wildlife Festival
Here, you get six days of guided field trips across all the islands, including an all-day wildlife fair. September 23-28, 2014, Marathon, FL; 305-304-9625, keysbirdingfest.org.
Monterey Bay Birding Festival
Choose among trips to world-class bird habitats like the Monterey Bay National Marine Estuary and Big Sur, where California condors abound. September 25-28, Watsonville, CA; 831/726-8052, montereybaybirding.org.
Fairchild’s Bird Festival
Held at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, it’s a weekend of lectures, expert-led bird walks, plus bird-attracting plants for sale. October 2-5, 2014, Coral Gables, FL; 305-667-1651 x3377, fairchildgarden.org.