Title

Just off the East Trail of Bangor City Forest is the two-year-old Orono Bog boa

Authors

Jennie Pfander

Source

Down East

Date

4-1-2005

Pages

98-101, 103-104

Abstract

Just off the East Trail of Bangor City Forest is the two-year-old Orono Bog boardwalk, or Bog Walk. Dr. Ronald Davis, a University of Maine biology professor and peatlands expert, spearheaded its construction. Maine is at the southern limit of one of the wettest regions on earth and has more than 750,000 acres of bogs and fens. The Saco Heath and Quoddy Head State Park's bog are the only two with boardwalks on the scale of Orono's. Twenty different species of orchids are found in the Orono bog, along with stunted trees and carnivorous plants. The variety of habitats, from the more-fertile perimeter to the less-fertile center, make for good birdwatching. More than 60 bird species were spotted in the first month the boardwalk was open.

Subjects

Orono Bog, Wetlands

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