Moose Cove Hike
with the Down East Birding FestivalClick Here to Register
Join Maine Coast Heritage Trust steward Kirk Gentalen for an early morning bird and nature walk as part of the Downeast Birding Festival.
The Moose Cove area of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Bog Brook Preserve is full of beauty and wildlife, especially birds. We will start this walk with a little sea watching from an open panoramic viewshed and then walk the nearby Moose Cove Trail which cuts thru a variety of habitats while affording several different views of the cove and open ocean. Alder thickets, hardwood forest dominated by maple and birch, and cedar and spruce forest will all be explored. Open canopies and vistas provide views of local birds and other wildlife.
We will hope to see sea birds, including alcids, sea ducks, and Great Cormorant as well as warblers, vireos, and other songbirds.
Trail conditions will be mostly level with uneven stretches and a short, steep incline section to get up Moose Ridge. Make sure to wear good walking/hiking shoes, and bring water, binoculars, and a camera. Spotting scopes are also useful for the sea watch portion of this session. Kirk will have his scope available for participants.
The 0.2-mile path from the parking lot to the Moose Cove scenic outlook is “All-Accessible.”
This is part of the Downeast Birding Festivals. Participants must register here: https://www.thecclc.org/birdfest-registration
Meet at Moose Cove parking lot. From CCLC: Turn left onto Rte 189 east toward Lubec. After 3.9 miles turn right onto Rte 191 (Dixie Rd) and proceed south. After 6.7 miles turn left onto Moose River Rd. From Cutler: Follow 191 through many twists and turns for about 7 miles, passing the Bog Brook Preserve entrance at Norse Pond Rd. 1.5 miles north of that, turn right onto Moose River Road. Drive to the parking lot at the end of Moose River Rd, staying left at the Bog Brook Rd fork. No restroom.
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