Puffins
MAINE BIRDING TRAIL

Adventure Birding

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Maine is unique. It is as large as the rest of New England combined. It is the most forested state in the nation. Over 10 million acres are too sparsely populated to have local government. These unincorporated areas are mostly semi-wilderness working forest. Even the pristine lakes in this forest are undeveloped. As the crow flies, the coastline is 230 miles long. However, the coast is rugged, carved with innumerable bays and coves, and the Gulf of Maine is dotted with over 3000 islands. As a result the jagged shoreline exceeds 3500 miles of nooks and crannies.

Getting off the beaten track is easy. And difficult. Here's some help.

Puffin

To get offshore, visiting any of the five puffin colonies:
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Northern Fulmar

To get farther offshore in search of whales and pelagic species:
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Spruce Grouse

To get deep into the forest in search of northern species:
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Mama and calf

Maine is famous for its diversity of habitats. Many vacationing birders prefer to move around the state, staying only a couple of nights in one place, perhaps chasing puffins on the coast one day, then moving on to the northern forest, the western mountains, the central lakes, or the southern marshes.

But there is another type of adventurer - one who wants to venture off the beaten track and get away from it all. Birding is just part of the experience that draws them to Maine's more remote areas. Waking up to loons, paddling undeveloped lakes, probing bogs and forests near the Canadian border: these things do more than pad the life list. These things refresh the soul.

Maine has a heritage of historic sporting camps and modernized lodges in the woods. These days, even the most remote has WIFI and extraordinary dining.

For more, go to Maine Sporting Camps Association.