Bring Your Binoculars to MCHT Preserves
Since 1970, Maine Coast Heritage Trust has been working to conserve Maine’s extraordinary coastal lands and islands, with a special focus on protecting avian havens like Jordan’s Delight Island, an important nesting island off Milbridge.
As MCHT’s Director of Stewardship Jane Arbuckle says, “Conserving habitat for birds and wildlife is as essential to our work as protecting the coast for people to enjoy. We’re working to maintain a resilient coast, and that means striking the right balance.”
Below we’ve identified preserves that can be great places for bird watching! Of course, when you’re out on the land, please take care to observe preserve guidelines, and help us protect birds and other wildlife finding refuge on these conserved lands.
Frenchboro Preserve, Blue Hill Bay
Watch for: Seabirds and migrating songbirds, which love the rocky ledges and spruce forests on this 1,159-acre preserve. Birders have spotted summer tanagers, scarlet tanagers, willow flycatchers, and some 16 species of warblers.
Erickson Fields Preserve, Rockport
Watch for: A wide range of warblers, vireos, thrushes, and sparrows that nest and forage in its fields and forests. The 1.4-mile loop trail is ideal for a family-friendly adventure.
Whaleboat Island Preserve, Casco Bay
Watch for: Raptors, songbirds, and shorebirds in spring migration. Casco Bay’s largest undeveloped island, boasts 122 acres of habitat.
Bog Brook Preserve, Cutler and Trescott
Watch for: Warblers, sandpipers, bald eagles, and seabirds. A diverse cluster of habitats—rocky knolls, meadows, swampy flats, cobble beaches, brooks—hosts a variety of birds, including the occasional upland sandpiper (rarely seen in Downeast Maine).
These are just a few options! Here are more MCHT preserves where you’re likely to spot birds.
Interested in expanding your knowledge about birds in Maine? MCHT Land Steward and self-described “nature bum” Kirk Gentalen frequently writes about birds he finds in and around St. George. Check out his witty and fact-packed articles about fall migration, hawks, winter songbirds, and winterberries and the birds that love them.
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