What Am I Looking At?
What animals do you think live here?
This is a great location for squirrels, chipmunks, voles, and mice because they eat pine needles and the seeds from the pine cones. White-tailed deer, as well as some rabbits, like to snack on the young pine saplings.
But don’t only look on the ground. Many birds, like the black-capped chickadee, pine warbler, yellow-bellied sapsucker, and white-breasted nuthatch, like to eat the seeds. Many other birds like to nest in these tall trees. Occasionally you can find a porcupine or two who enjoy living in coniferous forests!
Maine and its love for the eastern white pine:
- Maine’s nickname is the Pine Tree State.
- The pine tree appears on our state flag representing the state’s natural richness.
- Maine’s state flower is the pine cone and tassel. It was selected over goldenrod, and the apple blossom by the people of Maine in 1895.
- The eastern white pine tree is Maine’s state tree.
- Great Britain depleted much of the white pine in Maine for building their wooden ships and used the tall straight trees for the masts.
- The eastern white pine is native to all counties in Maine.