Birders and art fans are invited to Deer Isle for the fourth annual Wings, Waves, & Woods, May 21-23. The festival, timed to coincide with early migration, is sponsored by the Island Heritage Trust, and a brochure detailing the event can be downloaded from its website.
Bob Duchesne, founder of the Maine Birding Trail, author of Maine Birding Trail, and a Maine Audubon trip leader for more than 20 years, is this year’s special guest.
The festival opens with a reception Friday evening at the Pearson Legacy Gallery showcasing bird-related artwork by more than 40 artists.
On Saturday and Sunday, experts will lead walks (free, donations appreciated), guide boat trips (fee), and give presentations and demonstrations. Here’s a sampling:
• Warbler Walk, Settlement Quarry Preserve
• Scotts Landing Bird Walk
• Birding by Kayak, kayaks provided, $60
• Nesting Eagles and Their Neighbors, Causeway Beach
• Introduction to Birding
• Puffins & Pelagics, cruise to Seal Island with Bob Duschesne, $60
• Create Birdbaths & Planters, $35
• Birdhouse Building for Kids, $5 includes materials and snack
• Studio Demo & Tour (with the mega-talented Missy Greene and Eric Ziner)
• Birding Identification Made Easy, Bob Duschesne
• Lily Pond Walk
• Found Objects Sculptures, demonstration, with Peter Beerits at Nervous Nellie’s Jams & Jellies (one of my all-time favorite places)
A Local Foods Chowder Supper will be available on Saturday night (seating limited; $12).
Where to stay: There are some wonderful accommodations available on Deer Isle. My favorite is the aptly named Inn on the Harbor, in Stonington. Both the Pilgrim’s Inn and The Inn at Ferry Landing are lovely B&Bs in Deer Isle. To really get in the spirit of the birding weekend, book a cabin at the oceanfront Goose Cove Resort, in Sunset, which borders the Barred Island Preserve. On a budget? Boyce’s Motel, in downtown Stonington, has clean rooms, some with kitchenettes. For dirt cheap accommodations, book a bunk at the rustic-bordering-on-primitive Deer Isle Hostel.