People visiting the Pine Tree State expect to see wildlife: moose, bears, perhaps a whale. Here in coastal Maine, we rarely spot moose. You’ve got to head up to Moosehead Lake or Baxter State Park for them. And the few black bears roaming the Camden Hills stay well-hidden in the woods.
But other critters show their faces. With thousands of acres of state park and other preserves in our backyard, so to speak, there’s no shortage of wildlife.
Here at our office just off busy Route One in Rockport a small herd of white-tailed deer wanders by on a regular basis throughout the year. In summer we’re usually lucky enough to see a spotted fawn or two with the does.
Some of our office visitors: Deer, Praying Mantis, and Luna Moth!
Families of red foxes live throughout the area; mothers with kits are often observed very close to downtown. Harbor seals can be spotted offshore. And at low tide one or two may sunbathe on exposed rocks just off the Rockland Breakwater.
Maine is a highly valued destination for bird-watchers. Nearby Beech Hill Preserve in Rockport, home to over 130 species of birds, is an official stop on the Maine Birding Trail. The famous Atlantic Puffins nest on Matinicus Rock right here in Penobscot Bay, as well as on Eastern Egg Rock in nearby Muscongus Bay. Boat tours depart daily in the summer months from New Harbor, about an hour away. Peregrine Falcons nest in Camden Hills State Park, and Weskeag Marsh in Thomaston is one of the most productive salt marshes in the state.
With so much landscape to explore, in habitats ranging from dense spruce forests to farm fields, from rocky mountaintops to sandy beaches, Midcoast Maine is a wonderland for nature lovers!