Wildlife Watching in Maine

AMC’s Maine Woods property and the entire 100-Mile Wilderness region are a great place to bird watch. A preliminary environmental study done by AMC just after the purchased the KI Lands found 68 different species including a number of boreal birds that are rarely found below the 45 parallel, including the spruce grouse, boreal chickadee, gray jay and the black-backed woodpecker.

Many people enjoy looking for wildlife, especially moose. Moose love to hang around bogs and shallow ponds. Little Lyford Ponds, Roach River and the bay of Second Roach Pond by the dock at Medawisla, are ideal moose watching spots. They can also be found in any of the many marshes and beaver bogs along the roads or on a drive to Lazy Tom Bog. 

Listing is a great family sport. What is listing you may ask? It’s simple; listing is keeping track of the different animals and birds you see while at camp. Many families keep these lists and add them to the photo album when they get home. Those who come year after year always try to up the number of moose, eagles, loons and other critters from the past year’s count. 

Some of the animals that can be found around our wilderness lodges are: 

  • Moose

  • Eastern Chipmunk

  • Raccoon

  • Short-tailed Weasel (Ermine)

  • Beaver

  • Coyote

  • Bobcat

  • White-tailed Deer

  • Flying Squirrels

  • Fisher Cat

  • Martin

  • Muskrat

  • Fox

  • Lynx

  • Red Squirrel

  • Woodchucks

  • River Otter

  • Mink

  • Snowshoe Hare

  • Black Bear

  • Porcupine

Additional reading: AMC Nature Guide to the Northern Forest