Waldoboro wildlife sanctuary cabin rental by donation

Apr 11, 2011

Waldoboro — Why not support a nonprofit conservation group by staying in a bayside cabin nestled in the midst of a wildlife sanctuary just a short drive from most points in Midcoast Maine? The Pemaquid Watershed Association’s cabin on the Osborn Finch Wildlife Sanctuary on Dutch Neck in Waldoboro still has a few openings remaining for mid-May through September stays, but they are going fast.

The Wildlife Sanctuary includes two acres of grassy field, nine acres of forest, and 300 feet of tidal frontage on the shore of Muscongus Bay. At low tide, the Medomak River clam flats are revealed, and, downriver from the preserve, a colony of harbor seals make their summer home. Numerous birds, such as black-back and herring gulls, bald eagles, kingfishers, terns and great blue heron, may be seen flying overhead or fishing along the riverbank.

Past cabin guests, Pat and Ty Tison of Brownfield said in a news release, “The more places we travel, the more special and precious we realize that the Osborn Finch cabin and sanctuary are, thanks to the PWA!” Jean Twomey, a South Portland resident, has stayed at the Osborn Finch Cabin the past few summers. “We first heard about the rustic cabin through the PBS Great TV Auction a few years ago. We had no idea how wonderful it would be until we made our way through the woods that first time to find the cozy cabin right on the water's edge. We brought kayaks and enjoyed the luxury of tying up our boats on the rocks out in front, exploring the neighboring islands and coves, occasionally stopping to picnic or take a swim. We brought plenty of good food, books and an eye for starlit nights, easygoing mornings, the sights and sounds of lobster boats, ospreys and an amazing variety of other shore birds. We felt so lucky knowing that someone left this beautiful place so that we can all have a chance to feel like Thoreau by the sea.”

The cabin boasts panoramic views up and down the Medomak River. It is a rustic getaway whose charm is probably most enjoyed by those who love the quiet solitude of nature and do not mind being without common creature comforts for a few days, as it has no electricity or running water. Despite Spartan amenities, it is a comfortable and relaxing getaway, with a well-kept indoor composting toilet, simple yet charming furnishings, and serene surroundings.

Although the cabin is available only on a summer reservation basis, the Osborn Finch Wildlife Sanctuary trails are open to the public year round. The cabin is reserved on a donation basis. Proceeds from use of the cabin support PWA’s land and waters stewardship programs. To reach the preserve from Route 1 Waldoboro, turn onto Route 32 south, go 2.7 miles and turn east onto Dutch Neck Road. Once on Dutch Neck Road, go left at the fork and then travel 2.5 miles. The preserve’s sign and grass parking area are on the left. The cabin is a short walk over a preserve trail from the parking area.

PWA is a volunteer-based, membership-supported nonprofit organization whose mission is to conserve the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula through land and water stewardship and education. For more information, call 563-2196 or visit pemaquidwatershed.org/cabin.html.

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