Evergreen Cemetery and its surrounding 100-acre woodland are well known as the final resting place for many of Maine’s famous sons and daughters. It is also known statewide as a warbler haven in May. Every warbler that breeds in Maine - and some that don’t - turn up here. Blackpoll, mourning, and Cape May warblers breed farther north but stop here along their way. Yellow-throated, Kentucky, and worm-eating warblers make rare appearances. Maine Audubon leads frequent bird walks at the cemetery in May. Check the schedule at www.maineaudubon.org and follow the menu to Field Trips. The best area is around the ponds at the back of the cemetery. Be sure to amble slowly around the trail behind the ponds. Be sure also to guard against ticks, which can be present in the brush adjacent to the trail. In May, this is one of the best places to explore on a limited time budget.
Directions: From I-295, take Forest Avenue north at Exit 6. Continue north about a mile to a five-street intersection. Make a gentle left turn onto Woodford’s Street in front of the Dunkin Donuts and follow to Stevens Ave. Turn right onto Stevens, go past Deering High School, and look for the Evergreen Cemetery in about half a mile. The street address is 672 Stevens Ave. Enter through the cemetery’s second gate (past Walton Street) and proceed to the ponds at the back of the cemetery grounds.
672 Stevens Ave
Portland, ME 04103
GPS: 43.681878, -70.294094