Acadia National Park Centennial: Animals in the Park

To continue celebrating Acadia Parks’s Centennial Year, this month’s Pathfinder will take a look at the wildlife that resides in the park. See one of the sites below for more information of what you might see when you are there.

https://www.nps.gov/acad/learn/nature/animals.htm

http://visitmaine.com/things-to-do/outdoors-adventure/wildlife-watching/nature-wildlife-acadia-national-park/

This site will provide you with the many trails to walk as you look for birds and animals.

http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/

Also check out the winter trails at this site:

https://friendsofacadia.org/get-involved/acadia-winter-trails-association/

For hiking hints and safety, go to this site:

http://www.acadiamagic.com/acadia-hiking-safety.html

You will find all kinds of birds at Acadia National Park. The site will below will show you what kind of birds to look for and where to go to look for them.

https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/birdwatching.htm

The Maine State bird is the black-capped chickadee and can be found in forest areas of Acadia National Park. For more information and a video, go to:

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Black-capped_Chickadee/lifehistory

Black-Capped Chickadee

The Park also has a “Birding Festival” each year. Go to this site to find out more.

http://www.acadiabirdingfestival.com/

For information of the purple sandpipers that settle on the rocks at Acadia Park, go to this site:

http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/purple-sandpiper

You can seals, dolphins, whales and other marine mammals in the waters off the coast of the Park. A great thing to do is go on a whale watching trip. This site will tell you about the adventure.

http://visitmaine.com/things-to-do/outdoors-adventure/wildlife-watching/whale-watching-trips/

A Seal Pup at Acadia National Park

How about fish? Go here for a list that can be found at the Park.

https://www.nps.gov/acad/learn/nature/species-list.htm

You may see raccoons, skunks, otters, foxes, deer and the occasional moose on your walk. Be sure to check this site for an educational guide.

www.nps.gov/acad/learn/…/edguide_animals.pdf

Also try this site for more Park animal information.

http://www.ohranger.com/acadia/nature-wildlife

For Kids

Who Pooped in the Park? Acadia National Park

http://garydrobson.com/books/who-pooped/acadia/

Want to learn more about Acadia’s animals? Become a Junior Ranger!

https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/justforkids.htm

Head to the Nature Center at  Sieur de Monts Spring to check out displays on park wildlife, guidebooks and brochures. Children can record animals they have seen in the center’s logbook.

http://www.ohranger.com/acadia/poi/sieur-de-monts-spring-area

 

Have you ever see a peregrine falcon? Check out this site for more information about these birds.

https://friendsofacadia.org/what-we-do/wild-acadia/peregrine-falconhawk-watch/

Celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up the park! Who knows how many animals you’ll see? Click this link for more information about this volunteer opportunity

https://friendsofacadia.org/events/earth-day-roadside-cleanup/

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