Birding in the Maine Woods has always been popular. With our vast tracts of forested land numerous boreal and northern species found on the “must see” list of birders from around the world, can be easily spotted, many during a single days outing.

Please recognize that much of the land in the Maine Woods offers public access to private lands for the purpose of recreation. The lands are often being used for active forestry practice and there are also large areas of undeveloped land that are home to some of the most desirable species for birders in Maine.

The lay of the land… for birders

Because of the wide area covered by the Maine Woods, it might be helpful to know about some of the landmarks in the various regions and the notable birds that can be spotted in those areas. We offer thanks to the Maine Birding Trail Guide for most of this information provided here.

Downeast and Acadia is home to Acadia National Park, national wildlife refuges and several state parks. Notable woodland birds: Spruce Grouse, Black-throated Blue Warblers, Scarlet Tanagers, and Eastern Wood-Pewees

Maine Lakes and Mountains region in the western part of the state is Maine ski country, also offering waterfalls and scenic nature. Notable birds: Common Loon, Philadelphia Vireo, and Boreal Chickadee.

The Kennebec Valley runs from near the state capital at Augusta north to Jackman and offers great hiking, whitewater rafting and the Old Canada Road scenic byway. Notable birds: Warbler, Gray Jay, Crossbill, and Bicknell’s Thrush

The Maine Highlands is the site of Moosehead Lake and Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park. Notable birds: Spruce Grouse, and Black-backed Woodpecker.

For a complete birding resource please visit the Maine Birding Trail

Providers offering Birding activities:

We encourage you to contact these providers directly for more information on the access to birding activities they offer:

Appalachian Mountain Club
Chewonki Fourth Debsconeag Campground
Mahoosuc Guide Service
Maine Huts & Trails
New England Outdoor Center
Northern Outdoors
Red River Camps
Allagash Canoe Trips
Attean Lake Lodge