6 easy ways to see wildlife in Maine this spring

This story was initially printed in Might of 2019. This system dates have been up to date for the 2022 season.

As the times heat and lengthy in spring, the woods round my home come alive with the sounds of birdsong, pulling me outdoors with my digicam in hand.

A variety of animals follow the lengthy, harsh winters in Maine, however the variety of lively wildlife within the state will increase considerably through the months of April and Might as birds migrate from the south, black bears climb out of their dens and frogs come out of the mud.

BDN picture by Aislinn Sarnacki. Hancock County, Jun.

This can be a significantly thrilling time to see wildlife. In the course of the spring you possibly can watch the animals construct nests, dance and sing to impress your mates, and later within the spring – increase their younger. There may be nothing fairly as cute as child ducklings that comply with their mom’s each transfer.

If you happen to’re new to wildlife watching, listed here are some concepts for locating the critters in spring. Simply bear in mind to maintain a good way. Attempt utilizing a binoculars or a protracted viewfinder. And after having enjoyable within the wild (even in a metropolis park), double-check for ticks. Sadly, we won’t choose and select which creatures get up in spring. If we might, I might inform the ticks to return to mattress.

1. Go to the swamp

Many public trails go to the sting of the swamps, the place springtime wildlife recognizing is sort of assured. This kind of wetland, lush with vegetation, is a perfect nesting space for a lot of species of birds. A few of the species generally noticed in swamps embody duckweed, woodland geese, red-winged blackbirds, and grouse. Muskrats and beavers are additionally generally noticed within the swamps, and within the night, most of the swamps come alive with the high-pitched calls of spring peepers, a small, loud frog.

Check out this Photograph Gallery One of many animals I discovered in a swamp on the Essex Woods property in Bangor in early April 2019. That is Photograph Gallery of animals on the identical property in late Might – together with ducklings!

BDN picture by Aislinn Sarnacki. Feminine duckling with ducklings, Bangor, June 2015.

2. Take a paddle slowly

I’ve found that among the best methods to identify wildlife is by water, and it would not need to be an epic journey. A small pond or quiet stream can provide many adjustments for animal viewing. Turtles basking on logs and half-submerged rocks is without doubt one of the most typical sightings I’ve seen kayaking within the space’s ponds through the spring. I additionally usually see belted fisherman, a fowl that nests within the burrows they dug in banks, usually close to water. This fowl has a particular rattling cry and admirably dives into the water to seize fish, making it onerous to overlook. Spring can also be the time when reptiles return to the Lakes of Maine to inhabit. Likewise, many bald eagles return to nests constructed through the years in tall bushes by the lake (normally white pines).

Canada goose on a nest in Might.

One yr, I got here throughout a Canadian goose sitting on a nest on the sting of an island in Lake Maine. For my ignorance, I assumed that the fowl had died till it raised its head! She ran away rapidly, afraid to disturb her.