Rachel Carson Refuge

| February 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1966 to preserve ten important estuaries that are key points along migration routes of waterfowl and other migratory birds. The refuge encompasses a total 5,300 acres in eleven geographic units from Kittery to Cape Elizabeth.  Creation of the refuge is an on-going process, and by its completion will include approximately 7,600 acres.

During harsh winters, the refuge’s marshes provide vital food and cover for waterfowl and other migrating birds at a time when inland waters are frozen. Major habitat types present on the refuge include forested upland, barrier beach/dune, coastal meadows, tidal salt marsh, and the distinctive rocky coast.

Sections of the refuge are open to the public year round from sunrise to sunset. With the proper permits hunting and fishing are possible and there are numerous hiking trails. Expansive vistas of marshland and views of the Atlantic Ocean are abundant. Where the refuge intersects with the city of Scarborough, there are several well positioned lookout points that provide excellent opportunities for photos – or personal contemplation.

The refuge is named after Rachel Carson, was a world-renowned marine biologist, author and environmentalist. She served as an aquatic biologist and Editor-in-Chief for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. During her tenure, she composed a series of articles on Atlantic Coast wildlife refuges.

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