Sunday, May 28
6 - 10 am
Join us for an early morning coastal foray. West Quoddy Head State Park is the easternmost point of land in the United States, and is a must-see for any visitor to the area. Carrying Place Cove Bog is considered one of the most significant peatlands in the eastern United States, and the dramatic cliffs are often some of the foggiest on the coast.
A variety of habitats exist at the park. The Green Point path passes through low dense balsam fir and red spruce forest. The Peat Bog Trail includes a boardwalk over a 7-acre boreal peat bog that is surrounded by black spruce.
Many neo-tropical migrant birds may be seen along the coastal and inland trails, and the bog walk. Permanent residents include Spruce Grouse, Gray Jay, Common Raven, Boreal Chickadee and White-winged and Red Crossbills. Some other species include Common Eider, Merlin, Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, kinglets, Swainson’s, Bicknell's, and Hermit Thrush, two dozen species of warblers, Lincoln’s Sparrows, Dark-eyed Junco, and seabirds. (We may see some migrating shorebirds, though most are seen in August and September on their way south after breeding in the far north of Canada.)
Where to start: From US Route 1 in Whiting, take Rt 189 for 9.6 miles, then turn right (south) onto South Lubec Road. Follow signs to the park, about an additional 5 miles. Meet in the upper parking lot. An outhouse is available at the trailhead.