The Maine Highlands: Bangor, Katahdin & Moosehead Lake

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Birding

With so much nature and wildlife to be appreciated, there is much for any birder to enjoy. Having so many areas of preserved nature, there is an excellent cross range of birds to spot, with some very unique birds to admire. For birders, The Maine Highlands makes a great trip to take and connect with such majestic animals. For more information, on the state of Maine birding trail, please click here.

The Bangor City Forest and Orono Bog Boardwalk

This mile long loop is an excellent preserve of nature not too far from the city of Bangor. The Orono Bog walk consists of a mile-long boardwalk loop with bog wildlife not seen anywhere else.

Birds to look for: Lincoln’s Sparrows, Baltimore Oriole and Palm Warbler
Location: Heading north on Stillwater Avenue turn onto Tripp Drive.
Contact: Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau
40 Harlow Street, Bangor, ME 04401; (207) 947-5205
www.VisitBangorMaine.com

Fields Pond Audubon Center

This Maine Audubon Managed land has made for some tremendous birding. With diverse and beautiful land has attracted numerous kinds of birds, including songbirds and waterfowl.

Birds to look for: American Bittern, Sora, Virginia Rail
Location: 216 Fields Pond Rd, Holden, ME 04429; 207-989-2591
Contact: Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau
40 Harlow Street, Bangor, ME 04401; (207) 947-5205
www.VisitBangorMaine.com

Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Being a National Wildlife Reserve, Sunkhaze Meadows is how to a vast amount of marsh and wetland forest. Sunkhaze Meadows is a host to multiple unusual and boreal species of bird, with multiple trails and loops to be explored by the devoted birder.

Birds to see: Black-backed Woodpeckers, Boreal Chickadees, Gray Jays and Spruce Grouse
Location: From U.S. Route 2 outside of Milford, take Country Road.
Contact: Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau
40 Harlow Street, Bangor, ME 04401; (207) 947-5205
www.VisitBangorMaine.com

Kokadjo

Located just west of Moosehead Lake is Kokadjo, a small township and bird haven. Because of the mixture of birdseed eaters and lush forest, there is an excellent mixture of birds to be enjoyed, as well as ponds and lightly traveled roads.

Birds to see: Barn Swallows, Bay-breasted Warblers, Cliff Swallows, Gray Jays, Lincoln’s Sparrows and Mourning Warbler.
Location: 18 miles north of Greenville on Route 6
Contact: Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 581, Greenville, Maine 04441-0581; 1-888-876-2778 •  (207) 695-2702
www.MooseheadLake.org

Baxter State Park

The home of Katahdin has become a tremendous visit for birders, with 209,000 acres filled with hard to find birds. The State Park has masses of wilderness to be appreciated and is experience for any birder to take in.

Birds to see: American Pipits, Bicknell’s Thrush Blackpoll Warblers, Black-backed Woodpeckers, Boreal Chickadees, Lease Flycatchers Merlin, Spruce Grouse, Yellow-bellied Flycatchers
Location: After exit 244 of I-95, go west on Route 11, leading into the park.
Contact: Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 426, Millinocket, Maine 04462; (207) 723-4443
www.KatahdinMaine.com

Borestone Mountain

Located just southeast of Greenville, this beautiful Maine Audubon sanctuary is a great hike for birders. Along the hike, there is an excellent cross section of birds to identify, as well as beautiful ponds as well as a lake, and an excellent view of Borestone Mountain’s summit.

Birds to see: Blackburnian Warblers, Northern Goshawks, Northern Parula
Location: Heading on Greeneville Rd. after Monson bear right onto Mountain Rd (Ellitosville Rd). After 7+ miles, turn left at the intersection after Big Wilson Stream Bridge. Parking is ahead.
Contact: Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 581, Greenville, Maine 04441-0581; 1-888-876-2778 •  (207) 695-2702
www.MooseheadLake.org

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