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Princeton

Canada

Grand Lake Stream

64

62

Baileyville

Calais

1

61

Baring

63

Red Beach

2

60

Moosehorn NWR

43

Alexander

191

9

Maine Area Code is 207

Robbinston

Meddybemps

95

Common Eider

Evening Grosbeak

Charlotte

1

Cooper

214

Perry

Wesley

15

Deer island

191

178

Pembroke

190

Island Cruises Whalewatch

Quoddy

Aurora

192

East Coast Ferries

9

Dennysville

2

Eastport

100

Bangor

Amherst

Eastport Windjammers Fundy Breeze Charters

59

9

54

86

Shackford Head State Park

Black-capped Chickadee

Harlequin Duck

Razorbill

Eastport Ferry

Edmunds

North Lubec

Brewer

Captain Riddle's Whale Watching

95

53

North Trescott

Moosehorn NWR

Hampden

395

58

Campobello Island NB Canada

9

52

179

57

15

Lubec

1A

55

Downeast Charter Boat Tours

189

180

East Holden

202

West Lubec

51

50

Quoddy Head State Park

181

56

Whiting

193

49

South Trescott

48

1A

69

1A

East Machias

1

Winterport

43

46

Machias

139

47

200

180

Machiasport

Wanderbird Expedition Cruises

191

39

Grand Manan Island

92

Columbia Falls

191

Jonesboro

46

2

Tide Mill Creek Conservation Area

Orland

1

Harrington

Bold Coast Charter Co.

East Orland

Cutler

Bucks Harbor

1

44

3

Cherryfield

182

Roque Bluffs

40

Pleasant River Boat Tours

Ellsworth Falls

1

do

42

35

Addison

Schoodic Mountain

182

Ellsworth

187

176

3

187

14

200

33

South Orland

1

15

Hancock

West Sullivan

Stockton Springs

Robertson Sea Tours

175

Sullivan

34

183

Waukeag

Milbridge

1

37

ME Coastal Islands NWR

Norton of Jonesport

Jonesport

Steuben

Belfast

1A

15

Ashville

Beals Island

172

166

Bayside

3

Gouldsboro

41

3

3

West Gouldsboro

177

175

Trenton

13

45

32

Castine

Blue Hill

186

Machias Seal Island

East Blue Hill

held annually in May on Deer Isle, joins the arts to birding through boat trips, guided walks, work- shops and gallery/studio events. www.deerisle.com. The Down East Spring Birding Festival occurs annually in late May in from Moosehorn NWR to Lubec and provides guided hikes, boats tours, and presentations led by local experts. www.downeastbirdfest.org Birding Ethics It’s simple: you are encroaching on their territory. Tread lightly and respect boundaries. Stay on roads and paths where they exist, otherwise keep habitat disturbance to a minimum. Leave no trace and help keep bird watching a low impact activity by using good judgment about where you can go and where you should go. Avoid stressing birds by keeping away from nests, nesting colonies, roosts, and important feeding sites - especially during nesting season. Please don’t feed, bait, or use recording devices to attract wildlife. When boating keep a good distance from marine wildlife and do not land on islands where birds are nesting. Respect property owner wishes and the carrying capacity of these birding sites, many of which are maintained by hard-working volunteers. Helpful Hints Bugs. Mosquitoes, black flies, and ticks may be found almost anywhere, especially May-August. Bring repellent and dress accordingly. Hunting. Hunting is very common in rural Maine, and hunting is permitted in preserves, state parks and wildlife management areas. Blaze orange should be worn in the fall. www.maine.gov/IFW Maps. Although GIS equipment is now common, map-lovers will appreciate having The Delorme Maine Atlas and Gazetteer in the in the car. www.delorme.com/ Phone service. Cell phone service is inconsistent and WIFI is not prevalent. A prepaid phone card may be useful. Maine’s statewide area code is 207. Toilets. Toilet facilities at the birding sites in this brochure are limited. In the site description, if facilities are not mentioned, assume there are no facilities. When visiting the area, birders should make strategic use of toilet facilities located at area service stations. Travel times. Visitors frequently under-estimate travel times in rural Maine. For example, Ellsworth to Lubec (about 85 miles) is a 2-hour drive. Calculate travel times carefully. Be strategic about refilling on gas and supplies, and using restrooms, especially in more remote areas. Resources Comprehensive info for visitors to Maine and the DownEast & Acadia region: www.visitmaine.com; www.downeastacadia.com Regulations for travel between Maine and Canada: www.consular.canada.usembassy.gov/enter_canada.asp; www.puffinpines.com/visit_canada.htm Maine birding information: www.mainebirdingtrail.com; www.mainebirding.net; www.DownEastNatureTours.com Maine bird list: www.maineaudubon.org Public boat launches: www.maine.gov/doc/parks/programs/boating/sitelist.html Special Thanks DownEast & Acadia Regional Tourism (DART) Chris Bartlett, Maine Sea Grant/Univ. of Maine Cooperative Extension Anne Beerits, Nervous Nellie’s Jams and Jellies Bob Duchesne, Maine Birding Trail Michael Good, Down East Nature Tours Fred Hartman, DownEast Drawings & Wildlife Art Gallery Bill Kolodnicki and Maurry Mills, Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge Gordon Longsworth, Sean Fitzgerald, and Sydney Kase, GIS Lab, College of the Atlantic Michael McCabe, Coastal Way Down East tourist guide and Puffin Pines Country Gift Store Catherine Schmitt, Maine Sea Grant/Univ. Of Maine Natalie Springuel, Maine Sea Grant Studio3 Graphic Design Contact: DownEast & Acadia Regional Tourism (DART), 1-888-665-3278, www.downeastacadia.com info@downeastacadia.com.

Great Wass Island

16

31

3

4

South Gouldsboro

186

38

Bar Harbor

176

30

102

Acadian Nature Cruises Bar Harbor Whale Watch Downeast Windjammer Cruises

Town Hill

Petit Manan, ME Coastal Islands NWR

12

Prospect Harbor

176

17

Sea Venture Custom Boat Tours

Bar Harbor Ferry

15

Storm-petrels Northern Gannets, Parasitic and Pomarine Jaegers, and phalaropes. For a truly unique experience combining whale watching with bird watching near shore, Eastport Windjammers (853-2500, www.eastportwindjammers.com) offers 2- or 3-masted schooner cruises to nearby whale feeding grounds, which also attract thousands of Bonaparte's Gulls, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and rafts of seabirds. Campobello Island , New Brunswick, Canada, just across the border from Lubec, is home to two whale watching experiences during which you may see seabirds and pelagic birds: Island Cruises (888-249-4400, www.bayoffundywhales.com) and Captain Riddle’s Whale Watching Cruises (877-346-2225, www.finback.com). In addition to the companies listed above, the following boat tour operators also offer birdwatching tours. Boat operator captions on the map correlate generally with the boat departure point. Caption placement is not exact. Contact the companies directly for more information. Nature Cruises on the Acadia n , Bar Harbor, 288-2386; www.acadiannaturecruises.com Downeast Windjammer Cruises aboard the Margaret Todd, Bar Harbor, 288-4585; http://downeastwindjammer.com Wanderbird Expedition Cruises , Winterport, 338-3088; www.wanderbirdcruises.com Downeast Charter Boat Tours, Lubec, 733-2009, www.downeastcharterboattours.com Fundy Breeze Charters, Eastport, 853-4660, www.fundybreeze.com Ferries A round-trip on any of the region’s ferries is a wonderful way to see seabirds. Longer open-water routes will yield more pelagic species while shorter routes will yield inshore species. Maine State Ferry Service: Bass Harbor. 244-3254 or www.maine.gov/mdot/msfs/ Bar Harbor Ferry: Bar Harbor and Winter Harbor. 288-2984 or http://downeastwindjammer.com/bar-harbor-ferry/ Cranberry Cove Ferry: Southwest Harbor. 244-5882 or http://downeastwindjammer.com/cranberry-cove-ferry/ Beal and Bunker Mail Boat and Ferry: Northeast Harbor. 244-3575 or www.cranberryisles.com/ferries.html Isle au Haut Boat Services (the Mail Boat): Stonington. 367-5193 or www.isleauhaut.com/ Eastport Ferry: Eastport and Lubec. 288-4585 or downeastwindjammer.com/eastportferry/ Coastal Transport Ltd.: Blacks Harbour and Grand Manan, NB. 506-642-0520 or www.coastaltransport.ca/ New Brunswick Department of Transportation: L’Etete and Deer Island, NB. 506-453-3939 or www.gnb.ca/0113/ferries/ferries-e.asp East Coast Ferries, Ltd.: Eastport, Deer Island, NB, and Campobello, NB. 506-747-2159 or www.eastcoastferries.nb.ca/ DownEast Birding Festivals Another great way to enjoy the DownEast & Acadia region’s abundant bird population is to attend one of our three bird festivals. Maine’s first bird watching festival, the Acadia Birding Festival, held annually in June in Bar Harbor, Mt Desert Island, and Acadia National Park, offers birders various self-guided explorations as well as guided hikes, boat tours, and presentations led by local experts as well as those of international repute. www.acadiabirdingfestival.com. Wings, Waves and Woods, Old Quarry Ocean Adventures, Stonington, 367-8977; www.oldquarry.com Guided Island Tours, Deer Isle, 348-6789; www.guidedislandtours.com Sea Venture Custom Boat Tours, Bar Harbor, 288-3355; www.svboattours.com

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198

Harborside

5

Birch Harbor

Winter Harbor

South Blue Hill

1

233

Somesville

36

Map Legend

28

Pretty Marsh

27

172

Acadia NP

26

18

Acadia NP

102

! ( Birding Areas # * Boat Tours Ö Ferries

Otter Creek

198

102

24

3

22

Little Deer Isle

23

25

Northeast Harbor

Birding DownEast & Acadia by Boat Many bird species that make Maine such a renowned birder’s paradise are best seen from the water. Just about any boat ride is likely to bring sightings of Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Common Eiders, Arctic and Common Terns, Black Guillemots, several gull species, Common Loons, and Double-crested Cormorants. Go with a seasoned sea kayak guide (www.maineseakayakguides.com) for an intimate water-level experience, book an organized trip on any of the region’s fine boat touring companies, or charter a boat captain (wwwdowneastacadia.com, search for “boating” and “bird watching”) to take you to the best spots. Even taking a ferry is a great way to see these species. Chief among birding destinations by boat are the offshore seabird nesting islands. With one exception, seabird nesting islands are closed to landing by the public during the annual nesting season (April 1 - August 31), but commercial boat tours provide views from the water at several locations. Three of Maine’s five Atlantic Puffin nesting islands-Seal, Machias Seal, Petit Manan are in this region and are home to the most abundant watchable bird populations Downeast, including not just Atlantic Puffins, but also nesting Common Murres, Razorbills, and Arctic, Common, and Roseate Terns. Seal Island , part of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, is managed with the assistance of the National Audubon Society (www.projectpuffin.org/SealIsland.html). Old Quarry Ocean Adventures (367-8977; www.oldquarry.com) runs regular trips to the island from Stonington during May-August or by arrangement, but public landings are not permitted. Petit Manan Island, part of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge (546-2124, www.fws.gov/northeast/mainecoastal/), and location of Maine’s second tallest lighthouse, can be viewed from several boat tours, some of which make special trips and others that make a stop on the way to the whale grounds. The following companies run trips out to Petit Manan (among other destinations): Bar Harbor Whale Watch, Bar Harbor (288-2386; www.barharborwhales.com) Pleasant River Boat Tours, Addison (483-6567; www.pleasantriverboattours.com) Downeast Coastal Cruises, Milbridge (546-7720; www.downeastcoastalcruises.com) Robertson Sea Tours, Milbridge (461-7439; www.robertsonseatours.com) Machias Seal Island can be accessed by tour companies which sometimes, given the right weather conditions, also offer a chance to land on the island for an up-close viewing experience from behind bird blinds. Contact Bold Coast Charter Company, Cutler (259-4484; www.boldcoast.com). For the truly pelagic species, those charismatic and often elusive birds that stick to the sea, a boat that takes you offshore is well worth the investment. Besides the trips above, try an offshore ferry, such as the one to Grand Manan Island, NB, Canada, or go on a whale watch trip that heads far out to sea to catch a glimpse of Greater, Sooty, and the occasional Manx and Cory’s Shearwaters, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Northern Fulmars, Wilson’s and Leach’s

6

Seal Harbor

Cranberry Cove Ferry

North Deer Isle

Beal and Bunker

Southwest Harbor

Ferry Routes Surface Water Protected Areas* County Boundaries New Brunswick International Boundary

15A

Isleford

19

Bass Harbor

Deer Isle

Cranberry Isles

Seawall

Sunset

Sunset

Bass Harbor Ferry Service

20 21

South Deer Isle

11

10

Swans Island

7

Old Quarry Ocean Adventures

Northhaven

Stonington

Guided Island Tours

Isle au Haut Boat Services

Frenchboro

Isle au Haut

Vinalhaven

Isle au Haut

Vinalhaven

8

0

2.5

5

10

15

20

Map Prepared by COA GIS Laboratory March 2011

Miles

*Protected Areas denotes land belonging to: Acadia National Park, National Wildlife Refuges, State Parks, State and Private Wildlife Refuges.

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