Down East Spring Birding Festival: Hike at Western Head PreserveClick Here to Register
MCHT's regional steward and naturalist Kirk Gentalen will be leading two hikes at the MCHT Western Head Preserve in Cutler as part of the annual Down East Spring Birding Festival.
There is no charge for this hike, but participants must be registered for the Birding Festival - either with a day pass or for the full festival. More information about the Down East Spring Birding Festival here.
The 250 acres that make up MCHT'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'll check out whatever we can find. This trip offers a great way to see the beauty of 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 Cobscook Community Learning Center in Lubec (hub of the Birding Festival), 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 at the parking lot or on the trail.
For more information, contact the Down East Spring Birding Festival. Call 207-733-2233 or email Jeanne Guisinger, Festival Coordinator at .