A narrow coastal bay south of Brunswick and east of Freeport with exposed mudflats at low tide.

Ornithological Summary

This area supports the highest documented concentrations of wintering American Black Ducks and Canada Geese in the state. A variety of shorebirds use this site as a feeding area during migration. In the spring, Northern Shoveler, Blue-winged Teal and Green-winged Teal are among the many waterfowl species that feed and rest in the bay during migration. In addition, the marshes in the area support nesting Nelson?s and Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrows, and Bobolinks nest in neighboring upland fields.

Conservation Issues

The land surrounding the bay is highly desirable and subject to high development pressure. The Trust for Public Land has been working to purchase conservation easements and/or property bordering the bay. Increased recreational use in the bay could influence staging and wintering birds. Oil spills in neighboring Casco Bay are an on-going threat and could be devastating to wintering waterfowl that use the area.

Ownership

Lands surrounding Maquoit Bay are a high priority for both local and regional land trusts, and many areas have either been acquired or subject to conservation easements. Because access remains difficult, the area is best viewed from the water. A public boat launch is available at Wharton Point at the end of Maquoit Rd in Brunswick.

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