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2014 Memorial Day weekend birding festivals

If barbecues aren't your idea of a celebration this weekend, get out and enjoy spring with one of these great birding events!

Down East Spring Birding Festival
Where and When: May 23-26 in the Cobscook Bay area of Maine

With a diverse selection of habitats that have attracted nearly 300 species of birds, this area is a great hotspot for spring birding. The festival includes a range of field trips, and the boat trips to see Atlantic puffins are always favorites. Other activities include owl pellet dissections, canoe and kayak trips, local music, and medicinal and edible plant walks.

Huron Fringe Birding Festival
Where and When: May 23-25 and May 29-June 1 in Port Elgin, Ontario

There's so much to do at this spring festival, one weekend just isn't enough time! Guests will enjoy a variety of birding walks, as well as walks and tours focusing on wildflowers, butterflies, and insects. Evening astronomy, nature photography, mothing, bird banding, an evening banquet, and an introduction to citizen science projects are all scheduled.

Want even more Memorial Day birding but there isn't a festival in your area? Visit your favorite hotspot to watch for spring migrants, put out a hummingbird feeder, or just have fun with a spring bird scavenger hunt. And if you don't have time this weekend, start planning ahead for next month with this comprehensive directory of June birding festivals – more than 20 great events are coming up!