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L.L. Bean Birding Festival--Walk at Pettengill Farm

L.L. Bean Birding Festival Walk at Pettengill Farm with Laura Erickson

May is prime migration time in Maine. Many of our summer breeding birds are returning. We will take advantage of this fantastic time of year and link up with the L.L. Bean Birding Festival for a bird walk at Pettengill Farm. We are so excited to have this walk led by birding expert, author and educator, Laura Erickson. Laura Erickson has been a scientist, teacher, writer, wildlife rehabilitator, professional blogger, public speaker, photographer and Science editor at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She is the author of eleven books on birds and a producer for the long-running “For the Birds” radio program and podcast.

Pettengill Farm, a nineteenth century salt-water farm on the estuary of the Harraseeket River, is owned by Freeport Historical Society. This beautiful 140 acre site, including four walking trails, woods, antique apple and cherry orchards, gardens, fields and vista down to the saltwater Harraseeket estuary is open dawn to dusk year-round.

LOGISTICS:  Dress in layers and wear comfortable walking shoes.  Bring the following: filled water bottle, snacks, sunblock, bug spray, a hat, sunglasses, binoculars, camera (optional), notebook & field guide (optional), and a backpack in which you'll keep all your stuff.  If you do not have binoculars, MYBC will provide you with a pair. 

MEET UP and PICK UP: We will be meeting at 9:00AM at Pettengill Farm 31 Pettengill Road, Freeport ME.  We will meet back in the same location for pickup at 11:00AM.


  • Head east on Bow Street (across from the L.L.Bean Flagship Store) for 1.4 miles.

  • Turn right on Pettengill Road. The gate will be directly ahead. The gate will be open for these walks only.

  • Please drive slowly on the access road and park near the Pettengill farmhouse.

For more information about Pettengill Farm, please visit

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