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Science at the Boardwalk

Steven Rice and Kyle Pilkington from the Department of Biology at Union College, and Sean Robinson of the Department of Biology and SUNY-Oneonta, recently presented a poster at the meeting of the American Bryological and Lichenological/Botanical Society of America that included data collected from the Orono Bog along the boardwalk. To learn more you can click here to download their poster.

Facts about the Bog and the ecological processes that occur there:

Please check out the following fact sheets that describe everything from carnivorous plants to peatland acidification.  These fact sheets were developed by former Boardwalk Student Intern Sue Priest, and offer an interesting view in the fascinating processes that are occurring all around us when we visit the Orono Bog.

1. What is a Peatland?

2. Bog Nutrients

3. Ecological food webs

4. Peatland Acidification and pH

5. Carnivorous plants of Orono Bog

Birds in the Orono Bog

The diversity of plant communities and their flora result in a wide variety of birds that use the Orono Bog. At the bottom of this page is a link to a list of birds we have encountered at the Bog, with links to songs and photographs. If you find a species not on this list, please e-mail your finding, and supporting details to Jim Bird:

Check this website for updates on bird sightings. Newest sightings are at the beginning of the list. After each bird, you will find an Internet address that will take you to a photo and more information on that bird, including a recording of its song and tips for identification. These bird links are from:
Gough, G.A., Sauer, J.R., Iliff, M. Patuxent Bird Identification Infocenter. 1998. Version 97.1. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD. 

Vascular Plants in the Orono Bog

The Orono Bog Boardwalk traverses several different peatland environments and types of vegetation, providing a rich cross section of wetland plants.

Below is a link to list of vascular plant species you can see from the boardwalk. Periodically, the list will be updated or made more complete. If you see plant species from the boardwalk that are not on the list, please inform Dr. Christopher Campbell at The numbers that follow each species indicate the interpretive station and nearby stretch of the boardwalk (and vegetation zone) where you can see that plant. The map elsewhere on this web site shows station positions relative to vegetation zones. Of course, plant species can bloom or vary in appearance as the seasons progress. Look carefully.

The plants are listed alphabetically — first by common name and then by scientific name. For those interested in learning more about these plants in Maine, visit the website of the University of Maine Herbarium.