Spring has sprung and the birds are back. The Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition celebrates with its annual Bird Week Festival, an extended week this year, running from Thursday, May 3 through Friday, May 18. This is a chance for both veteran and novice bird watchers to welcome the usual feathered friends, as well as those birds not usually found in this area. There are always surprises at this time of year as birds make their way to their normal habitats.

On Thursday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. “Get Ready, Get Set, Go! Learn Warblers” is the kick-off. Seth Benz, well- known local bird educator and historian, will lead the group at the Belfast Free Library. He will describe and illustrate the many colorful, singing warblers that pass through midcoast Maine.

Participants should bring their favorite bird field guide for reference during this lively, interactive activity.

On Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 a.m., Benz will lead a bird walk on Sears Island. Meet at the gate at the end of Sears Island Road where the trail begins. This is a joint activity with Midcoast Audubon. Bring binoculars, a bird identification book and sunscreen. Wear suitable clothing and footwear for early morning hiking. For more information on these two activities, call Cloe Chunn 338-1147.

On Wednesday, May 9 at 7 a.m., William and Kyle Nichols will lead a group for Birding at Sandy Point Beach State Park. Meet at the beach parking lot at the end of Steamboat Wharf Road off Route 1 in Sandy Point. Bring binoculars, a bird identification book and sunscreen. Wear suitable clothing and footwear for early morning hiking. For more information, call 567-3967.