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Preserves great for birding

Staff stewards and naturalists have selected some of MCHT’s best preserves for spotting birds, though you’ll want to do your homework—depending on the season, the tide, and other factors you’re likely to see more or less wildlife. Thanks ahead of time for abiding by the preserve rules put in place to keep Maine’s precious bird species safe.

Babson Creek

This 36-acre preserve in Somesville features meadows, salt marsh, and a small wooded area that attracts wildlife throughout the year. 

Bog Brook Cove

Bog Brook Cove in Cutler and Trescott features gravel and cobble beaches, breathtaking views of the Bold Coast, a universally-accessible trail, and abundant wildlife viewing opportunities.

Erickson Fields

This former Rockport dairy farm features a 1.4-mile trail and gardens where young people grow food for the community.

Frank E. Woodworth

Off the beaten path, the Woodworth Preserve features lush evergreen forests and picturesque coastal scenery in the heart of Pleasant Bay.


Frenchboro offers challenging hiking trails that begin near Lunt Harbor’s working waterfront and lead to dramatic rocky bluffs, remote beaches, and stunning views of Mount Desert Island.

Hamilton Cove

This 1,225-acre preserve in Lubec provides people of all ages opportunities to experience a rugged coastal landscape of cobble beaches, sheer cliffs, and rocky promontories.

Harriman Point

In Brooklin, Harriman Point’s beaches boast spectacular views across Blue Hill Bay to Mount Desert Island. Welcome to Blue Hill Peninsula’s largest continuous stretch of coastline open to the public.


Located on Vinalhaven, the Huber Preserve features a wildflower-lined hiking trail that leads to a picturesque shoreline with pleasant views of Seal Bay.

Kittredge Brook Forest

In the center of Mount Desert Island, this expansive preserve is within a 2,000-acre block of protected land teeming with wildlife.


Despite its small size, the 21-acre Lampson Preserve in Castine and Penobscot offers many wildlife viewing opportunities and a quiet picnic spot along the banks of the Bagaduce River.

Marshall Island

Ed Woodsum Preserve encompasses all of 985-acre Marshall Island, one of the largest undeveloped islands on America’s eastern seaboard and home to remote campsites, rugged trails, and picturesque sand beaches.

Matthews Island

Located in Eastport, this 14-acre island preserve that is accessible during low tides invites exploration in a wild corner of Maine’s easternmost city.

Mitchell Marsh

Located in Tremont, this 35-acre preserve features serene views of Blue Hill Bay, an expansive coastal marshland, and a cobble beach to explore.

Pond Island

Located in eastern Penobscot Bay, this 32-acre island preserve features breathtaking views, extensive beaches, and diverse wildlife habitats.

Seal Bay & Winter Harbor

Located in Vinalhaven, Seal Bay and Winter Harbor are known for their scenic beauty, abundant wildlife, and protected anchorage.

Sipp Bay

Located in a northern corner of Cobscook Bay in the town of Perry, this coastal preserve features stunning views and ample wildlife viewing opportunities. 

Tills Point

Located in Penobscot, this lovely 49-acre preserve offers sweeping views of the Bagaduce River and conservation lands in all directions.

Whaleboat Island © 2005, Paul Rezendes

Whaleboat Island

The largest wild island in Casco Bay, Whaleboat’s scenic campsites, rocky shoreline, gravel beaches, and expansive meadow invite endless exploration. 

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