Birding in Rangeley is fledging and the region has much to offer.  “The boreal forest is a unique place. Rangeley being the southern end of the boreal forest, that’s where many birds are breeding. You can see them establish territory, hear their alternate songs, see them building their nest, come back the next day and see them finish their nest. You get to know the birds more intimately” said Doug Hitchcox, in a recent Press Herald article on birding festivals in Maine. Read more here. 

From the standpoint of biodiversity, the Western Maine Mountains region is exceptional. It includes all of Maine’s high peaks and rich diversity of ecosystems, from alpine tundra and boreal forests to ribbed fens and floodplain hardwood forests. It is home to more than 139 rare plants and animals, including 21 globally rare species and many others that are found only in the northern Appalachians. It includes more than half of the United States’ largest globally important bird area,6 which provides crucial nesting habitat for 34 northern woodland songbird species and critical habitat for high-elevation and coniferous-forest specialist birds such as Bicknell’s thrush—a state endangered species—bay-breasted warbler and black-backed woodpecker. (From our friends at the Maine Mountain Collaborative)

 

 

 

Interested in learning more about Maine Birding? Explore A DILETTANTE'S GUIDE TO THE FINE FEATHERED WORLD OF MAINE BIRDING in Downeast Magazine, September 2019

 

A note of thanks to Bob Duchesne, Doug Hitchcox, Nick Leadley, Derek Lovitch. Peter McKinley, and Herb Wilson for helping to conceive this festival, and to the Maine Community Foundation's Fund for Maine Land Conservation for their timely and critical support.