Wildlife Observation & Photography

Spruce grouse - USFWS.

There are countless opportunities to observe and photograph wildlife at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge.

Eagle Observation Platform

Moosehorn has received national attention since a pair of bald eagles started nesting on an osprey nesting platform in 1991. The pair has successfully raised 13 chicks since then. The observation platform is located along Rt. 1, which is wheelchair accessible and includes free, permanently-mounted binoculars. Two osprey nests are also visible.

Observation Blind

Observe and photograph waterfowl, beavers, and other wildlife in Upper Magurrewock Marsh. Located on the Charlotte Road between the refuge headquarters and Rt. 1. The blind is wheelchair accessible and doubles as a fishing pier.

50 Miles of Trails

Three trails and miles of refuge dirt roads, closed to private vehicles, are open to hiking and biking. These pass by many different habitat types and are great opportunities to find wildlife. At the Edmunds Division, find marine life in intertidal pools or search for ocean shorebirds.

The Woodcock Trail

This trail is excellent for observing the spring courtship flights of its namesake and is wheelchair accessible.

Frequently Sighted Wildlife

Mammals - Moose, beaver, black bear, deer, fox, porcupines, red squirrels.
Birds - Bald eagle, osprey, common loon, American kestrel, various ducks and geese, woodcock, owls, and ruffed grouse.
Other - Painted turtles, snapping turtles, many salamanders and frogs.

Visit the office for the latest sightings.

Viewing Tips

  • Dawn and dusk are the best times to see wildlife. Little is moving on hot, humid summer afternoons or on windy days.
  • Observe from the sidelines. Leave "abandoned" young animals alone. A parent is probably close by waiting for you to leave. Don't offer snacks; your lunch could disrupt wild digestive systems.
  • Try sitting quietly in one good location. Use binoculars or a long lens for a closer look. Let wildlife get used to your presence.
  • Teach children quiet observation. They will learn the value of patience and other wildlife watchers will appreciate your consideration.