May in Maine
Some fun things to do early in the season!

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Keith Ellenborgen,

The Alwewife Run

The alewives are running! Come see this amazing annual migratory event up close and personal at the Damariscotta Fish Ladder! Alewives are fish in the herring family that migrate up rivers and streams every spring to spawn. At the peak of the run you can see streams so dense with fish that it looks like you could walk on them.

Bulbs Flowering

See the spring bulbs flowering at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor. It's quite a spectacle to behold.
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Doug Hitchcox,

Bird Watching

It's a great time to bird watch as migratory birds return for the summer or pass through on their way further north. Check out local Audubon bird walks including one at Pemaquid Point on May 25!

See the Horseshoe Crabs

Horseshoe crabs also migrate upriver to mate, although a little later than alewives. You can usually see them aggregating on the shores of the Damariscotta River from late May into June. Check out the trails below for a good river walk.
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