Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands: May 2018 Events & News

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Events & News

Maine State Parks

May 2018

Land Owner Relations Award Garnered

 Landowner Relations Award plaque from the Professional Maine Guides

The Professional Maine Guides presented the Bureau of Parks and Lands with the Land Owner Relations Award on April 7, 2018.

The award is presented annually to a landholding organization in recognition of their support of developing and maintaining a mutually beneficial relationship between guides and landowners. 

It also recognizes the Bureau's careful stewardship of the lands in its care for multiple uses that include recreation, habitat and wildlife management. Hunted species, such as white-tailed deerruff grouse, and black bear, bring in visitors who call on the Maine Guides to lead their trips into the woods, and anglers call on guides to lead fishing trips. About half of the Bureau's bear bait sites are awarded to Maine Guides each year. Others visit to wildlife watch and non-hunted species habitats are managed carefully as well. Learn more about Maine's wildlife on the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Species webpage.

The award was given during the Maine Guides annual meeting, at Jeff's Catering in Brewer, with over 200 in attendance. Jeff Bellmore, President of the Maine Professional Guides Association, made the presentation with Vern Labbe, Northern Regional Lands Manager, accepting on behalf of the Bureau.

 “I was pleased to accept this award on behalf of the DACF’s Bureau of Parks and Lands. Wildlife habitat management is a very important component of our management of Public Reserve Lands.” ~ Vern Labbe

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Condition Alerts - Two More Locations Added

Watching osprey on Goggins Island, Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park and winter view of Mt Katahdin from the Penobscot River Corridor
Osprey watching at Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park (Rex Turner photo); Mt Katahdin from the Penobscot River Corridor.


The Penobscot River Corridor and Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park now have live-from-the-field Condition Alerts. Brief reports are sent out by park staff to provide information about the park or waterway conditions, current access or parking availability, watchable wildlife opportunities, and special events. The alerts are available online, and through subscription as an email, and text message.

Penobscot River Corridor (PRC)

Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park

View all text to subscribe location codes.

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Boat Access/Launch Signs - A New Look!

sunset on Moosehead Lake
Sunset on Moosehead Lake (Rex Turner photo.)
Boat Launch Sign ; bright blue background with reflectice white lettering and symbol

Bright blue and highly reflective public boat access signs are being installed as old signs need replacement.

View the searchable boat launch listing to see more than 570 sites throughout Maine.

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birdwatchers on Bradbury Mountain scanning the sky for raptors during the hawk watch

Hawk Watch Continues through May 15 - Bradbury Mt. State Park

Watch raptors (birds of prey) and vultures ride the thermals over Bradbury Mt. and chat with the researchers as they identify, count, and log each species during the spring migration. All ages welcome; bring binoculars if you have them.

Thank you to Jeannette and Derek Lovitch, of Freeport Wild Bird Supply, who initiated the Hawkwatch in 2007 in order to quantify the extent and duration of the northbound raptor flight over Bradbury Mt. State Park.

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Lyme Disease Awareness Month

When hiking in the woods and along woodland edges be sure to check yourself and family members, including pets, for ticks. Removing them early before they can attach to skin is key to staying safe from the diseases ticks can transmit. It is also important to learn the difference between dog ticks and deer ticks. Lyme Disease is spread by the smaller deer tick.


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Passport Program - Win Prizes for Visiting Maine State Parks!

Maine State Park Passport booklet cover

        Get in on the Fun:

  • Get your passport for $1.00 when visiting a Maine State Park during the summer. It's a convenient pocket-size guide to Maine State Parks.
  • Look for the brown passport station.
  • Unlock the padlock using the secret code! (Hint: It’s not a secret. The combination is the park’s established date. Find it in your passport pages.)
  • Stamp Your Passport!
  • The more stamps you collect, the more cool stuff you get along the way. 
  • Valid for the contest from year-to-year; you do not need to collect all your stamps in one summer!

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Geocaching - A Mystery Awaits at Select Parks & Historic Sites

Discover 8 geocaches as you explore Maine’s spectacular State Parks and Historic Sites. From historic forts to our deepest wilderness, the Maine State Parks GeoTour offers something for everyone!

  • Caches are seasonally available: Mid-May through September. Call park directly to confirm availability if you plan to play early or late in the season. 
  • Locations, phone numbers, and details.

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Maine State parks Geocaching logo showing state with a golden ring around it and starts to mark the 8 geocache locations

Events and Programs

osprey on nest at Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park, and Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site from above.

Special Event this Weekend:

Wolfe's Neck Woods

Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site

Photos: Osprey at Wolfe's Neck Woods (Jim Knox photo), and aerial of Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site.


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