The Downeast Audubon Chapter (DEA) has been a chapter of Maine Audubon since 1971. We are a nonprofit membership organization including all of Maine Audubon’s members within Hancock County. Home to Acadia National Park, forests, wetlands, blueberry barrens, and miles of rocky ocean and island habitat, Hancock County supports diverse species of birds and wildlife, and offers excellent opportunities for enjoying nature, birding, outdoor recreation, and wildlife observation and study.
For more information and access to the DEA newsletter containing listings of field trips, programs, special events, camp scholarships and more, visit the DEA website.
Downeast Audubon treasures Acadia National Park not only for year-round birding, but also for opportunities for outdoor activities in a beautiful setting that is pure Maine. DEA traditionally plans several field trips focusing on birding throughout the year on park lands and waters, utilizing not only the park property on MDI, but also that of Schoodic.
DEA Field trips in Acadia for 2016 at this time include Ocean Drive, Schoodic Peninsula, North East Creek (paddle), and Sieur Du Mont. Registration (via phone or email) is required for all Field Trips with DEA.
DEA and Blue Hill Heritage Trust will be co-sponsoring a three lecture series covering the geology, the history and the bird life of Acadia National Park. This series will be held at 7:00 April 18, 21 & 26 at the Blue Hill Public Library in the Howard Room.
Further involvement with Acadia includes DEA sponsorship of local school classes (grades 4-8) so that they may participate in the Schoodic Education Adventure residential multi-day program at Schoodic Institute (SERC). These curriculum-based classroom activities and hands-on field experiences on the rugged coast of Maine offer an unparalleled experience for young students and an exciting way to build science literacy and enthusiasm.