Where: North Lubec
Sunday, May 27
6:30 - 9:30 am
Guides: Bill & Sallie Satterthwaite
This event walks two short trails on the North Lubec peninsula that include diverse habitats. The birds seen and heard will depend upon the timing of the season, but we have had good luck with common field, forest, and coastal species of the region, including warblers.
The Cove trail to Cobscook Bay is an easy half-mile out-and-back walk along apple orchard, boreal forest, salt marsh, and a shallow beach. The Huckins Beach / West Loop combined trail is a one-mile loop with somewhat challenging walking at the far end. It passes through open woodland and spruce-fir and cedar forest and loops back at the steep shore of South Bay.
The property also has a short Arboretum Trail that winds among exotic shrubs and trees that were brought back experimentally from his world travels by the previous landowner, Dr. Radcliffe Pike, a noted horticulturalist. DCC has been working to revitalize the arboretum and to provide some interpretive signage. The shrubs include a number of azaleas that may be in bloom.
Being on either side of a narrow peninsula, these walks can have coastal fog, so bring appropriate outerwear. Boots are recommended.
Meet at the Huckins Beach trailhead, which is in the first Pike Lands parking lot (GPS 44.899060, -67.051364). From the CCLC, turn left onto Rte 189 toward Lubec. After 7.3 miles, soon after the Eastland Motel, turn left at McFadden's Variety onto North Lubec Rd. After 5.3 miles (as the road rises shortly after Bailey Lane and house #1043), Turn left into the first Pike Lands parking lot, or park along the road or in the second Pike Lands parking lot on the right about 0.1 mile further along. Please do not park in the driveway across the road from the first lot. No restroom.
GPS coordinates: 44.899060, -67.051364