As you now, Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters (KWW) National Monument has been in the news again recently. While Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was doing a tour of the area, we decided to make another visit, on the same day. The birding opportunities in the Monument are so bountiful, but to keep this blog manageable,… Continue Reading
Here come the holidays, and all I want for Christmas is…less waste and more sustainability. OK, that’s not all I want, but it’s definitely part of my holiday planning. You can probably easily imagine that the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is the most wasteful, but did you know Americans produce a million… Continue Reading
The Atlantic Puffin is among the most recognizable birds, and one of Maine’s favorites. Did you know that their nickname is “clowns of the sea”?
Chosen By: Allison Wells, Senior Director, Public Affairs Location: Dresden, Kennebec County Description: A former orchard and farm, the area extends down to the shore of the Kennebec River forming the upper reaches of Merrymeeting Bay. A walk along the well-maintained old road passes through old orchards (often teeming with birds), small ponds and wetlands… Continue Reading
Chosen By: Allison Wells, Senior Director, Public Affairs Location: Boothbay Harbor, Lincoln County Description: A Boothbay Region Land Trust preserve that extends over two spruce and fir clad peninsulas in the lower tidal reaches of the Sheepscot River system between Boothbay and Edgecomb. Oven’s Mouth is a narrow gut through which flows an immense quantity… Continue Reading
Chosen By: Allison Wells, Senior Director, Public Affairs Location: Gilead to Bethel, Oxford County Description: A six-mile excursion from Gilead to Bethel along a beautiful stretch of the Androscoggin River. The paddle, at a leisurely pace, takes three to four hours and winds through the spectacular beauty of the Mahoosucs, the northernmost extension of the… Continue Reading
Maine is famous for its tides, gently coming and going across mudflats and estuaries and pushing back and forth over the rocky coast. But there’s another tide, one that would likely appear just as dramatic, if you could see it. It’s the great spring movement of North America’s migratory birds.
To many Mainers, spring hasn’t officially arrived until we’ve heard the “peent” of a woodcock.
The Spruce Grouse is one of many “boreal specialties” for which Maine is famous among birders.