The 6th Rangeley Birding Festival (RBF), to be held June 7-9, will announce and present the John Bicknell Award for Conservation and Birding. The award honors the legacy of Bicknell, a Rangeley resident who led the effort to get sanctuary designation on the Mingo Springs golf course and has been recognized for environmental stewardship by Audubon International.

The Bicknell Award publicly acknowledges those individuals who have worked to further birding and conserve bird habitats in Maine. This award recognizes those who have labored mainly behind the scenes and have been overlooked and unacknowledged for their contributions. It is presented to no more than one recipient yearly (unless we recognize a collaborative effort by two or more people).

Nominations are due by May 1 each year. The Rangeley Birding Festival core team (minimum of five members) will review nominations and choose a winner by consensus, if possible, or by vote, by May 10 each year. The award will be presented at the annual Rangeley Birding Festival in June in Rangeley, ME.

To learn more about the nomination process, visit or contact Amanda Laliberte at

Birders on Saddleback, looking for Bicknell Thrush with Guide Steve Hale

About Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust

RLHT has conserved 20,000 acres in the Rangeley Lakes Region, with 40 miles of recreational trails for everyone to explore. The conservation areas are accessible for exploration, hiking, photography, birding, family outings, inspiration, and adventure. Visit to learn more.

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