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The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
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The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
Description - Surrounded by development, the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge is a protected environment offering a home to 250 species of birds and numerous other wildlife. The 45 miles of coastal area in Southern Maine is characterized by northern boreal forest and eastern deciduous forest.

Attractions - The refuge is comprised of ten separate divisions, stretching along 45 miles of coast between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Portland, Maine. Refuge habitat is varied and unique as it lies within the transition zone of the northern boreal forest and eastern deciduous forest.

Many plant and animal species are at their northern or southern range limit. At least 250 species of birds have been recorded for Rachel Carson Refuge. Numerous other wildlife species including moose, deer, fisher, river otter, black bear and gray fox use refuge habitat.

Refuge property is surrounded by the highly developed towns of the southern Maine Coast, providing unique and often complex management challenges.

Recreation - Wildlife viewing including bird watching and nature photography is enjoyed on the refuge. Access on the refuge is restricted to certain areas. Visitors are encouraged to contact the refuge or come by the office in Wells. The trail, located at the headquarters, is open to the public every day, sunrise to sunset.

Climate - The year-round vacation spot of the Southern Maine Coast Region experiences daytime winter temperatures above 18 degrees Fahrenheit (-8 Celsius). Similar to the Greater Portland and Mid Coast Regions, summer daytime temperatures average a pleasant 68 degrees (20 Celsius) or slightly above. The region receives an average of 40 - 44 inches (102 - 112 centimeters) of precipitation each year.

Location - The refuge is comprised of ten separate divisions, stretching along 45 miles of coast between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Portland, Maine.


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Filed By: Mark
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Great place for vacation. I saw deer every day and this was in the summer, my guess the reason for people not seeing them is that they are walking in the middle of the day on open trails. Take an early morning hike and explore and you'll see a bunch of deer and birds. They are highly visible in the salt marshes early mornings. I recommend the area highly, and agree totally with the management practices, especially on deer and geese. Not sure of the negativity here. Hunters pay permit fees to support the Refuge as well as liscense fees to support the management practices. In such an urban area with just pockets of woods these animals will become pests and everyone will hate them, due to car crashes, lyme disease and overbrowsing. I already see evidence of that on Drakes Island where deer fence is everywhere. The deer also tend to destroy many habitat's by overbrowsing which will indeed happen with the population unchecked. And if the waterfowl is left unhunted the water pollution will be horrible. Other than vehicle collisions, that will kill deer,it's unlikely that there will be enough predators to control the wildlife populations to sustain the habitat. Anyway, I recommend it highly, from Moody to Drake's Island up to Kennebunk is just great.

Filed By: Sonya
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: A beautiful, wild place where you can't see humans even though you are surrounded by them. I can't say that I saw any deer, alive or dead. I didn't even see any evidence of deer there. Being a biologist, I would have to say that unless you get rid of the people, you will have to get rid of the deer to maintain the refuge for other animals.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: Sadly, one again, this supposed "refuge" is supporting the slaughter of deer. Deer killed in 2002 were all healthy and of normal weight according to state officals. Why is the "refuge" paraticipating in this kill? I've changed my will and will not be bequeathing anything to Rachel Carson.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: Rachel Carson Wildlife 'Refuge' turned out not to be a 'refuge' for wildlife. A massive hunt is planned within the 'refuge' to kill as many deer as possible. We can no longer contribute or support a 'refuge' allowing such a bloodbath.We were so disappointed. Hunting should not be allowed in wildlife refuges. They are supposed to be safe havens for animals.


Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Viewing Migrations Over 250 species of birds have been recorded.
Yes
ICON Viewing Wildlife Moose reside at the refuge.
Yes


More Information

Contact Information:
Rachel Carson NWR, 321 Port Road , Wells, ME, 04090, Phone: 207-646-9226
, fw5rw_rcnwr@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Maine National Wildlife Refuges - Maine's National Wildlife Refuges maintain an environment for nesting seabirds and migratory birds while offering a home to numerous species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and plant life.
Southern Maine Coast Region - This area is known as the gateway to Maine. It has an urban feel that is unlike the northern inland and upper coastal regions.

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