There are many interesting species of plants and animals to keep your eyes open for when camping at Wolfe’s Neck Farm. In the spring, witness horseshoe crabs gathering to breed on the shoreline, or large flocks of birds stopping in to rest during seasonal migration. As the weather warms, look around for clusters of Pink Lady’s Slippers.
With over 3 miles of ocean shoreline, the Little River and salt marshes, Recompence is an ideal place for birdwatching. Each spring and fall, thousands of migratory birds stop here to rest and recuperate, and many species stay here year-round. Birds to look for: osprey, blue heron, eider ducks and the occasional bald eagle.
Spotlight – Osprey: Wolfe’s Neck is home to several mating pairs of osprey. Osprey are one of the largest birds of prey in North America, with 4 to 6 foot wingspans. They are active during the day (diurnal), and can often be observed catching fish for their young. Osprey can see their prey from up to 130 feet in the air, and plunge dramatically to the water feet-first, scooping up fish that can weigh up to 4 pounds.
Wolfe’s Neck Farm is home to a variety of domesticated animals, most of which can be observed at the demonstration barn near the Farm House. The barn is open to the public during daylight hours, and is a great place for kids and adults alike to visit (and sometimes feed) sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and turkeys. Throughout the property, you will also observe herds of cattle grazing serenely in lush pasture.
Spotlight – Belted Galloway Cattle (Belties): It’s hard to miss these “Oreo cookie” cows! These breed of cattle originated in the cold, damp, rugged mountains of southwest Scotland. They are exceptionally hardy, growing a thick, shaggy overcoat each fall, making them well-suited to Maine winters. The Belties at Wolfe’s Neck Farm come from Aldermere Farm, and are part of the oldest continually-operated herd in the United States today.