Viles Arboretum Among Recommended Bird Watching Sites in Central Maine

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As the leaves change color, bird watching becomes more popular in our state.

The Kennebec Valley Explorer has a few recommendations for the best birding in Central Maine.

Viles Arboretum is often referred to as Augusta's best bird watching spot.

With six miles of trails as well as wetlands and woodlands, the arboretum is free for folks to walk around to spot several different types of birds.

The Explorer also recommends the walking trails at the Good Will-Hinckley School campus and the bird sanctuary at Colby College.

Folks at Viles Arboretum tell us recent weather is providing excellent bird-watching.

"When you get these storm systems that move through, and we're getting the fringes of one of the hurricanes right now, that's when the birds sort of start to move. These weather systems come through, sometimes they hunker down and then right after when there's a break in the weather, the birds start moving. It's a great time to come," said Mark DesMeules, Executive Director of Viles Arboretum.

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