The County 2017 | Aroostook County Tourism - Page 30

THE COUNTY | 2017 VISITORS FROM ALL OVER HEAD TO THE COUNTY to spot the always elusive moose, listen to the melancholy cry of loons on our lakes, or view bald eagles soar across endless skies. Catch a glimpse of a black bear, whitetail deer, fox, and coyote. And birders revel in identifying more than 165 varieties of songbirds, woodpeckers, falcons and waterfowl that dot our woodlands, meadows, and ponds. The best times to spot moose are at dusk and dawn from mid-May through July and again in the fall during their breeding season. Fall is also when the impressive antlers of the bull moose are fully formed. Moose are fairly easy to sight because of their massive size—bull moose can weigh 1,000 pounds or more—which makes it easier for them to move around in open areas. They’re often found on logging roads, boggy areas, recreational trails, or even grazing along the side of the road. You can take a moose-watching tour, or even hire a Maine Guide to call in a bull moose! At the right time, tours might get a glimpse of as many as 20 moose on one outing. With its unspoiled character, our region’s pristine natural habitat has remained undisturbed over time, allowing native creatures to flourish.