Thursday, July 10, 2008

Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary, Lewiston

Thorncrag Santuary and Walking Trails

Description: The Stanton Bird Club has been actively engaged in conservation work in the Androscoggin County area for over 80 years. Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary in Lewiston, a 357 acre wildlife preserve, has been the primary focus of that activity through the years. At an elevation of 510 feet, the highest point in the city, this sanctuary sits as a green capstone, a forested oasis surrounded on three sides by urban and suburban development. The "Crag", belonging to the family Thorne in the 1800's, is a familiar and well loved landmark in Lewiston.

Thorncrag encompasses approximately 6 different wildlife habitats: Upland Wetlands, Mixed Forest, Restored Farm Meadows, Vernal Pools, Coniferous Old growth Forest, Built Environment (fireplaces, trails, foundations, walls, amphitheaters, etc.). These six habitats support large, diverse populations of wildlife, trees, and herbaceous plants.

Visitors are encouraged to walk the trails using our 32-page "Self-Guided Nature Trail" interpretive brochure to learn more about the flora and fauna at the sanctuary. The brochure is available for $3.00 (includes postage and handling) from: Stanton Bird Club, P.O. Box 3172., Lewiston, ME 04243. Checks should be payable to: Stanton Bird Club.Brochures are also available for $1 at the Customer Service Desk at Hannaford's Supermarket on Sabattus Street., as well as both the Lewiston and Auburn Libraries.

Directions: DRIVINGFROM I-495 - MAINE TURNPIKE, NORTH & SOUTHTake exit 13 in Lewiston and head west on Rte. 196 (Lisbon Street).Turn right onto East Avenue. (the Promenade Mall will be on your left, Martel School will be on your right). Take East Avenue to the intersection of Sabattus Street (Rte. 126).You will see Rite Aid on the opposite left corner. Turn right onto Sabattus Street and continue until you see Hannaford's Supermarket on the left. Turn left there onto Highland Spring Road at the stone pillar with a Thorncrag sign on top.At the end of Highland Spring Road, turn right, and the Sanctuary parking area will be on your left.

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