The third annual Rangeley Birding Festival is scheduled to be held in person from 6 p.m. Thursday, June 10, starting at noon Sunday, June 13.

Co-sponsored by Maine Audubon and the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, the festival is to be held at the 2424 Main St.

The Rangeley Lakes region is the premier birding destination for rare and sought-after species in New England, according to a news release. Deep in the heart of Maine’s lush boreal forest, Rangeley provides a convenient hub to find northern specialties like Black-backed Woodpecker, Spruce Grouse, and Boreal Chickadee, as well as breeding warblers including Cape May, Bay-breasted, and Mourning.

One of the trips offered, a day hike on Saddleback Mountain, will focus on Bicknell’s Thrush, one of North America’s rarest and most localized breeders.

While other festivals focus on catching birds as they migrate through, they have reached their destination in Rangeley and are on their territory. Birds are more reliable and displaying different behaviors than while migrating.

World-class guides will share their knowledge of rich birdlife that flourishes at the intersection of the northern forest, with stunning, clear lakes, and the High Peaks of western Maine.

For more information about the festival and to register, visit rlht.org.

Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust has conserved 14,000 acres in the Rangeley Lakes Region, with 39 miles of recreational trails for all to explore. Open from dawn to dusk, the conservation areas are accessible for exploration, hiking, photography, birding, family outings, inspiration and adventure.

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