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Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge (Baring Unit)

The American Woodcock, or Timberdoodle, is one of North America’s most endearing birds. With its plump silhouette, long bill, comical voice, and spectacular aerial courtship displays, it is a sight to see. Here at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, a summer population of approximately 1,800 birds lives in habitats specially managed and groomed for the species. Spring and early summer are the best seasons for viewing the birds’ twilight aerial displays, and park biologists allow visitors to assist in banding programs.

Moosehorn has much to offer besides American Woodcocks. Bald Eagles often nest alongside US 1, some 300 American Beavers live here, and more than 16,000 acres of mixed forest and wetlands shelter a wealth of mammals and at least 125 species of breeding birds. From Calais, drive about 3 miles southwest on US 1 and watch for refuge signs.

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