Evergreen provides cover for a variety of wildlife, including swans, blue herons, turtles, fox, deer and coyote. The cemetery is a green oasis of food, water, and refuge; a natural area of vegetation, brushy woods and ponds in the midst of a bustling city.
Birding in Evergreen Cemetery
Evergreen Cemetery is one of Greater Portland’s premier birding sites. From late April through the end of May, the cemetery is the place to see migratory songbirds up-close and often in great numbers. Vireos, thrushes, warblers, sparrows, tanagers, and orioles, many of them brightly colored, vocal, and conspicuous, can be found around the small ponds on the cemetery’s northwest side.
The Maine Audubon Society hosts an annual Warbler’s Week in Evergreen Cemetery every May.
Trees and Plants
Evergreen is also a great location to practice your tree identification skills. The City of Portland’s Forestry Division is currently working on a survey of the trees growing in Evergreen Cemetery which will eventually be available online. The Friends of Evergreen occasionally sponsors guided walks that focus on wild and cultivated plants in and around the cemetery. Watch the Upcoming Events section of our website, or join our mailing list for updates on these and other events.
Portland Trails in Evergreen Cemetery
Portland Trails, a local land trust, maintains trails that are accessible from Evergreen Cemetery. Read more here.