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Down East Birdwatching and Nature Tours

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Address: 39 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1874
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+1 207-288-8128

Offering Personalized Birdwatching and Ecology Field Trips around Bar...

Offering Personalized Birdwatching and Ecology Field Trips around Bar Harbor & the Coastal Gulf of Maine since 1993.

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Birdwatching AND backroads tour of the Island

Mike Good (Birdman) picked up five of us one morning and hit the trails only a local with permissions from friendly landowners could take us to. We had 15 birds on the first... read more

Reviewed October 3, 2016
Bethesda, Maryland
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Bethesda, Maryland
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56 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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Reviewed October 3, 2016

Mike Good (Birdman) picked up five of us one morning and hit the trails only a local with permissions from friendly landowners could take us to. We had 15 birds on the first stop because he identifies their calls first so we know what to look for on the woodland trail. Then he tells you about the forest (new or... More 

3 Thank TacyTelego
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed September 22, 2016

Michael is someone with emense passion for his environement and you can't help but get carried along. By the end of the tour, not only have you seen many birds, but you feel connected with the ecology and the history of the Island. We went on a tour of some of the Island hotspots, including some private land and covered... More 

1 Thank Simon M
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31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed September 6, 2016

Michael Good is a professional, experienced birder, yet it felt like I was out with an old friend. He showed me great birds (Golden-crowned Kinglet, Merlin, White-winged Scoter) in several unique environments, was able to help me with field marks, and tailored the tour to my specific interests. Heismvery knowledgable about Mt. Desert Island geology, plants and history, which added... More 

1 Thank P S
Atlanta, Georgia
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35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed September 5, 2016

My wife and I are more bird enthusiasts than experts. We had a great time with Mike on a private tour. We went to the top of Cadillac Mountain before the crowds arrived and saw robins, red-breasted nuthatches, eastern towhees, black-capped chickadees, eastern phoebes, blue-headed vireos, various warblers, etc. Then we visited a number of private locations around Bar Harbor... More 

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Michael G, Owner at Down East Birdwatching and Nature Tours, responded to this review

I am happy that the tour was excellent. Thank you taking the time to understand Gulf of Maine ornithology. Letting everyone know that we do have signage and are located at 39 Cottage Street in Bar Harbor. My signage is limited by local Land Use Ordinances which are somewhat out of my control. More 

Cleveland, Ohio
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

Michael Good's love of birding teaches everyone to also love and promote a healthy environment. Kestrels, golden crown kinglet, eider and a flock of cedar wax wings! We travel to several locations to see a broad range of birds!

1 Thank Jones1955
Hartford, Connecticut
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 27, 2016

Michael provided a great age appropriate tour of MDI's nature history ecology and birds. He was flexible and made adjustments for inclement weather. He has in depth knowledge of the area and birds. There were things for our 4 & 7 year old to enjoy as well as the parents! Highly recommend and will book another adventure the next time... More 

1 Thank Ctdoglover
Philadelphia PA
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57 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

We really cannot say enough about how enjoyable our tour experience was. Michael Good is extremely knowledgeable, engaging, and helpful in every way. We visited six places in over four hours, and saw a variety of habitats and birds. In addition to birdwatching, he pointed out all of the flora and fauna, and is a geologist, so there is that... More 

1 Thank VeazieMDI
Atlanta, Georgia
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145 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

Michael Goode is passionate about nature, ecology and birds. We had a private tour that exceeded our expectations. The fauna and flora of Mt. Desert Island was revealed to us by this excellent guide. We highly recommend Down East Nature tours for an introduction to the history and ecosystems of the island. Needless to say, we saw many excellent birds... More 

1 Thank Lillyatl
Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2016

Michael really made the experience exceptional. He was a superb guide, unbelievably knowledgeable, very helpful (and patient!), and great company. His ability to spot and accurately identify birds and other wildlife in the field is quite remarkable. We were delighted with the trip and look forward to our next adventure with Down East Nature Tour!

2 Thank valvarez111
New York City, New York
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed July 20, 2016

My husband, baby, and I went out with Michael on a Saturday morning with another couple. It was supposed to be a 4 hour trip with turned into a 6 hour trip just because we were having so much fun! He drives you around the island to see different birds. We go on short hikes or just hop out of... More 

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