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”?
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.
by Allison and Jeff Wells For birders like us, there’s no better way to explore new places than by watching and listening for the birds found there. Add to it another dozen bird enthusiasts and make the setting the breathtaking lands east of Baxter State Park proposed as a National Park and National Recreation Area, Read More
by Jeff and Allison Wells Boothbay Register column Over the weekend we had the opportunity to lead a birding expedition to an area north of Millinocket known by many as the proposed national park lands. It was exciting to be birding an area that currently little known by birders — we felt like birding pioneers! Read More
If you’ve ever wanted to see a Snowy Owl, this is your year. Snowy Owls have been moving into Maine for the winter in higher numbers than we’ve seen in decades. In fact, since late last fall, more than 70 of these magnificent owls have been reported throughout our state. From the southern reaches of Read More
At 4:25 on an early April Sunday morning the temperature was a chilly 24o, stars littered the floor of the sky, and the air was still as stone granite. I know this because my husband and I were returning from four hours of owling in central Maine. As part of the Maine Owl Monitoring Project, a Read More
Last year around this time, dozens of cars lined up along Route 126 from South Gardiner to Gardiner. Children, along with one or both of their parents, gazed out through the windows or stood nearby as two Coast Guard ice breakers plowed their way up the Kennebec River, slicing through thick layers of ice—an annual Read More