Sister Festivals!


In spring travel north to Acadia

then in fall travel south to Acadiana

<or vise versa!>

Follow the birds...spring and fall.

Why sister festivals?

Culture.  Acadia was one of five territories of New France that spanned maritime northeastern North America, including Maine.  French roots, culture, and language are still celebrated there
today.  Louisiana’s Acadiana (flag left), a 22 parish cultural region and historical homeland of the “Cajuns,” traces its roots to the Acadians, who settled in this region following deportation from Acadia during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. These new residents formed the foundation of Louisiana’s rich Cajun culture: language, music, and cuisine. The Yellow Rails and Rice Festival is held in the heart of Cajun country, L’Acadiane in Cajun French.  In 2014, the State of Louisiana officially adopted, by House of Representatives Bill 76, to commemorate and celebrate 2014 as the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the Acadian people, and to acknowledge their hearty spirit, which allowed them to overcome innumerable odds and become the foundation of a unique culture.

Birds - shared and unique. Maine and Louisiana share many of the same species despite their long distance separation and very different habitats. 

There are also several species unique to the northeast or the southeast and Louisiana and Maine are excellent destinations to enjoy these regional specialties. These include both resident and migratory species.

Celebrate migration. Many individuals of migratory species that breed in Maine could potentially migrate through Louisiana during spring and fall. And, many of the migratory breeding species of Maine could potentially winter in Louisiana, such as the Ruby-crowned Kinglet pictured above left and which serves as the Louisiana emissary of the 2014 inaugural sister festival union.

Explore diverse ecosystems. At opposite ends of the US, bird habitats are very different.  From boreal forests of the Northeast to longleaf pineywoods of the South - scenic rocky shorelines of the northeast Atlantic Coast to sandy barrier beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Spectacular scenery awaits, wide open spaces and rural landscapes - hosting bird species characteristic of the northeast or southeast. Visit Maine’s Birding Trail and Louisiana’s America’s Wetland Bird Trail.

Agriculture and natural resources. Yellow Rails and Rice Festival highlights the importance of rice as bird habitat. Maine’s immense and spectacular
blueberry barrens are the nation’s top producer of blueberries and are home to many bird species. To acknowledge and share these resources, Louisiana-grown rice will be featured at the Acadia Birding Festival and Maine blueberries will be served at Yellow Rails and Rice Festival. 

Both states are also famous for their seafood - come to dine!

Come to enjoy: Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Whether it’s while visiting along Maine’s (icon link left) or Louisiana’s (icon link right) birding trails - our sister festival
goals are for our visitors to enjoy and protect shared birds and shared resources, make new friends, and generally have fun and informative experiences. 

We hope that our festival sisterhood will start a trend among other birding festivals.

Click on logos below to visit each festival’s webpage:

Acadia Birding Festival - don’t miss this exciting spring event!
Then plan to move south in the fall to Yellow Rails and Rice Festival.

Registration for Yellow Rails and Rice 2016 Festival opens 1 August 2016

LOUISIANA: 2-5 November 2016

fly north in 2017 to

MAINE: 1-4 June 2017