L.L.Bean and Maine Audubon to Host David Allen Sibley at Birding Festival

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Renowned author and illustrator keynotes annual gathering of birding enthusiasts in Freeport, Maine this weekend

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The diversity of trips and programming throughout the weekend means there is a chance for everyone – whatever your age or experience level – to learn about the wonders of birds and birding.

Outdoor retailer L.L.Bean is partnering with Maine Audubon this weekend to host their fourth annual Birding Festival, May 25-27. The event will feature educational presentations on birds and bats, as well as guided birding walks in diverse ecosystems from Freeport to Mohegan Island.

The featured speaker will be David Allen Sibley, author of The Sibley Guide to Birds, the fastest selling bird book in history, used by millions of birders from novices to experts. Sibley will speak on the psychology of bird identification at the L.L.Bean Flagship store on Saturday, May 26 at 6:00 p.m. Using photos, drawings, and tests, Sibley will demonstrate how human perception of the world around us both helps and hinders bird identification.

Festival participants of all ages can take part in birding activities on the L.L.Bean Freeport campus all weekend, as well as venture out to nearby woods and waters with experts from Maine Audubon and L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Programs.

"Maine Audubon is all about connecting people to nature," said Maine Audubon Staff Naturalist Doug Hitchcox. "Every year, the Birding Festival is an excellent opportunity to do exactly that. The diversity of trips and programming throughout the weekend means there is a chance for everyone – whatever your age or experience level – to learn about the wonders of birds and birding."

A full schedule of events and activities is online at http://www.llbean.com/birding

About L.L.Bean, Inc.
L.L.Bean, Inc. is a leading multichannel merchant of quality outdoor gear and apparel. Founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean, the company began as a one-room operation selling a single product, the Maine Hunting Shoe. Still family owned, Shawn Gorman, great grandson of Leon Leonwood Bean, was named Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2013. While its business has grown over the years, L.L.Bean continues to uphold the values of its founder, including his dedication to quality, customer service and a love of the outdoors. In the past five years, L.L.Bean has donated over $6 million toward conservation and land stewardship. L.L.Bean currently operates 39 stores in 17 states across the United States, along with 25 stores in Japan. The 220,000-sq. ft. L.L.Bean retail store campus in Freeport, ME, is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and welcomes more than 3 million visitors every year. L.L.Bean can be found worldwide at http://www.llbean.com, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram.

About Maine Audubon
Maine Audubon is building a community of people who understand that when Maine’s wildlife thrives, Maine thrives. Since 1843, we have been connecting people to nature through a science-based approach to conservation, education, and advocacy. The state’s largest wildlife conservation organization, Maine Audubon has seven chapters, eight wildlife sanctuaries, 10,000 members, and serves over 50,000 people annually. maineaudubon.org

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