Lubec / Maine Coast Heritage Trust: Boot Head Preserve Hike

Where: Lubec

Saturday, May 26

7 – 10:30 am

Guide: Herb Wilson

Boot Head Preserve features some of the most dramatic views of the Maine coastline. Enjoy it, along with fabulous birding, during this circular hike a little more than 2 miles long. Some trail sections are gradual and smooth, while other sections along the rocky coast require a lot of up-and-down hiking over a rocky trail. Sturdy footwear is recommended.

A small bog near the trailhead offers the possibility of Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Hermit Thrush, Nashville Warbler, Palm Warbler, Lincoln’s Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow and Purple Finch. The coniferous forest has large numbers of Magnolia Warblers and Black-throated Green Warblers. We should also encounter Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Winter Wren, Black-and-white Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Ovenbird. Spruce Grouse and Boreal Chickadee are often present.

Stands of stunted spruce along the rocky headlands provide habitat for Blackpoll Warbler and Golden-crowned Kinglet. Common Eider and Black Guillemot will be on the water far below. Merlin have nested along the cliffs in some years.

This hike is limited to 15 participants.

Meet at the Boot Head parking lot. From Whiting or the CCLC, take Rte 189 east toward Lubec. After 5.7 miles from Whiting or 4.0 miles from the CCLC turn right onto Rte 191 (Dixie Rd). Drive south 2.7 miles and turn left onto Boot Cove Rd, then drive east 1.9 miles. Or if coming from Lubec or West Quoddy Head via South Lubec Rd, bear right onto the other end of Boot Cove Rd at the sharp leftward bend in South Lubec Rd and drive west 3.9 miles. There are parking lots on both sides of the road. No restrooms.

GPS coordinates: 44.775591, -67.031157

Moving Event - Eagle and Osprey Viewing; Rails, Wrens & Night Hawks; Woodcocks and Whippoorwills

Where: Baring/Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, May 26

6:30 - 9 pm

Guides: Maurry Mills, Amy Meehan


Join with refuge staff for all or part of this moving evening event.

We will begin with a short introduction to the identification and calls of the rails, snipe, nighthawks, whippoorwills, and owls we hope to find.

Next we will carpool from the YCC Building to the abandoned railroad bed off US 1, that runs between the Lower Barn Meadow and Lower Magurrewock Marshes. There we will walk along the railroad bed in search of Marsh Wren, American Bittern, Virginia Rail, Sora, Wilson’s Snipe, Common Nighthawk, American Black Duck, Wood Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Canada Goose, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Eastern Kingbird, Swamp Sparrow, Cedar Waxwing, and Warbling Vireo.

As dusk approaches we will drive to a singing ground on the Refuge and listen and watch for American Woodcock. The male woodcock flies from his daytime cover to an opening where he performs his courtship flights, precisely 15 to 22 minutes after sunset, depending on sky conditions. He begins by making a series of nasal "peents" before ascending several hundred feet in the air and spiraling back to the same spot on the ground. In addition to the "Timberdoodle" listen for White-throated Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, Veery, Common Nighthawk, and several owls. Several species of frogs may also be heard including Spring Peeper, Gray Tree Frog, Green Frog, and Pickerel Frog.

After observing the woodcock we will drive along the Ice House Road to listen for the call of the Eastern Whippoorwill, and play recordings of several species of owls in hopes of getting them to respond. Species that nest at Moosehorn include the tiny Saw-whet and the larger Barred and Great Horned Owls.

We will continue driving along the interior Refuge roads looking and listening for more woodcock, owls, and nighthawks as well as for mammals such as Beaver, White-tailed Deer, Moose, Black Bear, and Bobcat.

We will end the trip where the Refuge road intersects with the Charlotte Road, directly across from the Moosehorn NWR Headquarters driveway.

Meet at the YCC Building at MNWR Headquarters. From the Charlotte Rd turn into the entrance to Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters and follow the signs. Restrooms in the YCC Building.


Pennamaquan River Walk

Where: Pembroke

Saturday, May 27

2 - 4 pm 

Guide: Fred & Linda Gralenski

This easy hike will focus on the alewife, Alosa pseudoharengus, an anadromous fish that migrates up rivers about this time of year to spawn in lakes.  The fisheries managers, both state and federal, are taking a closer look at the aspect of rivers and streams being nurseries for the Gulf of Maine; in 2016 the St. Croix River was opened to spawning anadromous fish after being closed for 18 years.

We hope to see Bald Eagle, Osprey and other birds feeding on the migrating alewives; and although river herring don’t make spectacular leaps like salmon, they can negotiate some very fast water, and their capabilities are impressive.

We will discuss the life cycle of diadromous fish, and how they can survive in both salt and fresh water, their impact (both real and imagined) on freshwater lakes, and their importance as forage for birds, mammals, and other fish.  We will net a few alewives and show their interesting anatomy as plankton feeders, and their use as nutrition for soils, lobsters, and people.

This event includes a small amount of driving around the river and the lake.

Meet at the parking lot next to the falls and the (now-closed) Crossroads Restaurant just north of Little Falls Rd on US 1 in Pembroke. No restrooms.



Talmadge: Yacolucci Woods

Saturday, May 27

3:30 – 5:30 pm 

Guide: Colin Brown

Join Colin Brown, Education & Outreach Manager for the Downeast Lakes Land Trust, for an afternoon walk through Yacolucci Woods – a 100 acre parcel that is permanently conserved for wildlife habitat.  An easy walking path passes through several different forest types, allowing for good views of woodpeckers, warblers, wetland species, and many more. 

This walk serves as an excellent stop that immediately follows the “Burn Road” program, located 15 minutes south along Route 1. Anyone planning on attending the Burn Road walk, followed by the Moosehorn evening program, can fill their afternoon with this great excursion!

Where to start:

Yacolucci Woods is located directly along the west side of Route 1, on the Waite/Talmadge town line. If you are headed south from the Burn Road, Yacolucci Woods will be roughly 4 miles south of the intersection of Routes 1 and 6, on the right. We will meet in the parking area along the road, next to the sign.

Trescott/CCLC: Presentation by Anne Archie: "Spruce Bud Worm in Maine: Changes in the Boreal Forest"

Saturday, May 27

2 – 3 pm

Discussion: An informative talk about the spruce budworm, its lifecycle and the history of the budworm outbreaks in the boreal forests of the northeast. Also, information about the bird species that spend all or part of their lives in the boreal forest and how the spruce budworm outbreak may affect them.

Presenter: Anne Archie retired from the US Forest Service where she spent 33 years as a Wildlife Biologist, District Ranger and Forest Supervisor in National Forests in Oregon, southeast Alaska, Wisconsin, Idaho and New Hampshire.

Where: Festival HQ, CCLC in Trescott


Cutler: Western Head Hike

Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27

1 - 4 pm 

Guide: Kirk Gentalen

The 250 acres that make up Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Western Head Preserve offer an array of habitats and spectacular vistas for any observer. For this nature walk, we’ll explore the preserve’s spruce forests, beaches and views looking for mushrooms, slime molds, marine mammals, and, of course, birds. Birdwise, an active Bald Eagle nest will be observed, and songbirds including Blackpoll Warbler will be part of the search. We will check out whatever we can find. This trip offers a great way to see Maine’s Bold Coast.

Participants should expect easy to moderately difficult trails that will include moderate inclines, uneven footing, rough terrain, cobble beach, and boulders. The walk will be three miles round trip. Wear footwear that will provide a measure of protection from the wet undergrowth and will provide good footing.

Meet at Western Head parking area. From the CCLC, turn left onto Rte 189 east toward Lubec. After 3.9 miles turn right onto Rte 191 (Dixie Rd) and proceed south 14 miles to Cutler Village. From the village center continue south on Rte 191 for 1.3 miles to Destiny Bay Rd which is on the left at a crest in the road immediately after you see a monumental stone wall on the right. Turn left and follow Destiny Bay Rd for 1.0 mile to the fork at the end of the paved section. Bear right and continue straight for another 0.2 mile to the parking lot on the right. If the lot is full, park along the road shoulder. There are no restrooms on the trail.

GPS coordinates: 44.653359, -67.209766


Baring/MNWR: Barn Meadow Trail Hike

Saturday, May 27

6:30 – 11 am

Guides: Bill KolodnickiMaurry Mills, and refuge staff

Join Maurry and other MNWR staff for an easy 3-mile hike that follows the Barn Meadow Trail through a variety of habitats: various ages of hardwood and softwood forest, a managed oak stand, wetlands, and fields.
Many neotropical migrant birds may be seen. Birds here can include Double-crested Cormorant, American Bittern, Wood Duck, American Black Duck, Ring‑necked Duck, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Virginia Rail, Sora, Wilson’s Snipe, Pileated Woodpecker; Alder, Great‑crested, and Least Flycatchers; Eastern Wood-pewee, vireos, thrushes, Marsh Wren, Belted Kingfisher, Bobolink, Savannah and Swamp Sparrows, and nearly two dozen species of warblers.
After walking the trail we will cross the Charlotte Rd to scan the Magurrewock Marshes from the cross dike and the eagle observation deck for waterfowl, marsh and water birds, and raptors.

Rubber boots and insect repellent are highly recommended.

Meet at the YCC Building on the grounds of the Refuge headquarters (turn onto the Headquarters Rd from Charlotte Rd and follow signs). From there you can drive your own vehicle or car pool to park along Charlotte Rd near the Barn Meadow trailhead and Magurrewock dike. CAUTION: Watch for high-speed traffic on Charlotte Rd. Note that travel time from the CCLC Festival HQ is 45 to 60 minutes depending on the route you choose. Restrooms are at MNWR HQ in the YCC Building and at the Raven Trail parking area further up Headquarters Rd.



Perry: Pottle Tree Farm Hike

Saturday, May 26

6:30 – 9 am 

Guides: Fred & Linda Gralenski

Pottle Tree Farm has diverse habitats, including hayfields, grown-up farmland, a working forest of mixed hardwood and softwood through which Boyden Stream runs, and surrounding lowlands. Apple trees and overgrown cellar holes are scattered throughout, mixed with alders, cherries, roses, and other shrubs.

During this mile-long walk, look for Ruffed Grouse, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and woodpeckers in the apple trees; Wood Duck, sandpipers, American Kestrel and other raptors; American Woodcock; and warblers along the stream and in the bigger forest—perhaps four dozen different species in all.

Trails on this private property are well-maintained and offer easy walking. There will be some moderately muddy spots, so appropriate footwear is recommended.

Meet at 507 South Meadow Road, Perry. From US 1, just north of the intersection with Rte 190,  turn west on South Meadow Rd (near the Perry Farmer’s Union). The tree farm is 2.5 miles from this turn. At the fork in the road, stay left. Look for signs for the tree farm on your right. Park anywhere, but please do not block the driveway to the house or barn. We will gather at the tree farm sign. There is an outhouse on the trail.



Edmunds/MNWR: Afternoon Hike - Medicinal and Edible Plant Walk

Friday, May 26

3 - 5:30 pm

Guides: Fred Gralenski & Amy Zipperer

Join local herbalist Amy Zipperer and naturalist Fred Gralenski on this edible and medicinal plant walk. We'll explore traditional uses of wild weeds as medicine and food, and discuss techniques for harvesting, preservation and preparing medicines. Perhaps we'll nibble a few plants along the way. Participants will discover that the forests and fields are filled with plants that can help nourish and heal.

Where to start: CCLC-Trescott, then car pool to MNWR at Edmunds


Trescott/CCLC: Welcome Social and Presentation Historic and Current Research on Grouse and American Woodcock at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge

Friday, May 25

6 – 8 pm

Dr. Erik Blomberg

Includes dinner, $20 per person
(Soups, breads, salad, and dessert)

Dr. Blomberg (University of Maine in Orono) leads a research project on grouse and woodcock in eastern Maine. The most recent woodcock study involves GPS transmitters that send the location of a bird every few days, providing valuable information on fall and spring migration and wintering habitat. Several of these birds were captured at Moosehorn last fall. Working with wildlife biologists at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, he has been leading a three-year research project involving tagged grouse.

From a historical perspective, much of what is known today about the woodcock is based on research done at Moosehorn beginning in the late 1930s. A number of radio telemetry projects here have looked at summer and fall survival, sources of predation, and habitat preferences. In the 1990s Moosehorn staff pioneered the use of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The USF&WS National Training Center still uses Moosehorn data when teaching GIS courses.

A light supper of soup and salad, breads, and dessert accompanies the presentation.

Where to start:  The CCLC is located at 10 Commissary Point Road in Trescott Township, between the towns of Whiting and Lubec, in the Cobscook Bay region of Downeast Maine. Easily accessible from Route 1 in Whiting, take Route 189 toward Lubec and Campobello Island, New Brunswick. After 1.8 miles, turn left on Commissary Point Road. The CCLC is the first driveway on the left. 


Edmunds/MNWR/Trescott: Warbler Walk

Friday, May 25

3 – 5:30 pm

Guides: Maurry Mills, Bob Duchesne, Woody Gillies, Bill Kolodnicki, and Colin Brown

Enjoy an afternoon of non-strenuous birding for birders of all levels, divided into groups including one for beginning birders.  Exact routes will depend on recent bird sightings and the interests of the group. Through a combination of driving and walking, a variety of habitats are available: grasslands, freshwater wetlands, and several forest types.  Waterproof footwear is recommended.

Look for boreal species as well as migrating flycatchers, vireos, and 20 species of warblers. Raptors may include Bald Eagle, Osprey, accipiters, Broad-winged Hawk, American Kestrel, Merlin, and Northern Harrier. Wetland species may include Pied-billed Grebe, American Bittern, Canada Goose, Wood Duck, American Black Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser, Solitary and Spotted Sandpipers, and Belted Kingfisher. Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay, Spruce Grouse, and Black-backed Woodpecker have also been spotted. Grassland nesting birds such as Savannah Sparrow and Bobolink may be seen.

Meet at: CCLC parking lot. You will be assigned to a group when you check in for the Festival.


Trescott/CCLC: Maine Audubon Presentation - Birding Optics with Carroll Tiernan

Friday, May 26

1 – 2 pm

Where: Festival HQ, CCLC in Trescott 

In this session, you will learn about the tools of the trade when it comes to birding. What guide book is right for you?  Which binoculars should you choose?  What’s the right clothing to wear? What other gear is available to enhance your birding experience?  

These questions and more will be covered by Carroll Tiernan, who has been selling optics for Maine Audubon for over 20 years.  She has trained with several manufacturers, taught many optics clinics, and is very familiar with the optics and range of other gear available to today’s birders.  As for optics, you’ll have a chance to test out several varieties that Carroll will have on hand. You will learn the key binocular specifications and how to pick the right binoculars for your use and budget.  You also will see how spotting scopes can be useful and how to pick the right scope.  

** Carroll will have a staffed exhibit on Friday, 1-4 pm and Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm at Festival Headquarters at the CCLC.


Trescott/CCLC: Signature Festival Presentation: Birding by Ear

Friday, May 26

Noon - 1 pm

Opening Presentation: “Birding by Ear” with Bob Duchesne

Where: Festival Headquarters, CCLC in Trescott

Join Bob Duchesne—avid bird guide, Bangor Daily News columnist, YouTube contributor, and author of  the official guide to the Maine Birding Trail—as he helps you demystify birding by ear. In this popular presentation, Bob will offer simple tips for mentally organizing what you’re hearing and helping you take advantage of what you already know. Advanced birders are encouraged to share their own tips.


Cutler: Puffin Trip to Machias Seal Island

Friday, May 25:  9 pm - 2 pm

Saturday, May 26:  10 am - 3 pm

Sunday, May 27: 11 am - 4 pm

Monday, May 28: 11 am - 4 pm

Boat Captain: Andrew Patterson

Guest Guides: Chris Bartlett on Friday, Woody Gillies on Saturday, Sandi Duchesne on Sunday, Bob Duchesne on Monday

Fee: $140  

Machias Seal Island has the largest Atlantic Puffin colony on the Maine coast. The trip to the island takes about an hour. Weather and sea conditions permitting, you should have over two hours on the island, with 45-60 minutes in a blind with puffins all around. The rest of the time, you’ll be on a ground-level, open-observation platform. If the boat is unable to land, you will cruise around the island with excellent opportunities to view the island’s birds.

The avian population on the Island during late May includes Atlantic Puffin, Razorbill, Arctic and Common Terns, Common Murre, Black Guillemot, and Common Eider. Other seabirds, such as Northern Gannet, Black-legged Kittiwake, gulls, shearwaters, and storm-petrels may sometimes be sighted on the trip out to the island. Bald Eagle and both Gray and Harbor Seals are spotted regularly and sightings of whales and porpoises are possible.

Transfers to and from the island require a degree of physical mobility and surefootedness, and landing conditions will be rocky and slippery. Landing is dependent on calm sea conditions and is at your own risk. Landing and going ashore will be at the Captain’s discretion. Your safety is his first concern.

The trip will be on the Barbara Frost, a 40-foot Coast-Guard–certified passenger vessel with a restroom and an enclosed heated cabin.  Wear sturdy, non-slippery footwear. Bring warm clothing and be prepared for rain or spray; dressing in layers is a good idea. A camera and binoculars are musts. You may also want to bring a snack and a bottle of water.

If the trip is canceled due to poor weather, you will receive a full refund.

Meet at Cutler town landing.
Cutler is located on Rte 191, 13 miles from US 1 in East Machias and 14 miles from Rte 189 in West Lubec. In the Cutler harbor area, watch on the water side of the road for the blue street sign marked “Wharf Road." Please park along the road, as the small wharf parking lot is best left for the local fishermen. Meet Captain Andy at the boat ramp.

For GPS navigation, the precise coordinates of our tour departure point are: 44.6577544, -67.2071392