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Birding in Acadia National Park
One reason there are so many birds in Acadia National Park – some estimate over 300 species – is that there are so many places for those birds to thrive.
Though compact compared to western parks, Acadia is extraordinarily diverse. Within its borders is shore land and beach, leafy forest and lake, sub-alpine zone and barren mountain ledge. This variety provides habitat for a broad selection of seabirds, forest dwellers, warblers and raptors.
Where to See Birds – Birding Trails
The Park Service offers a detailed list of birds that are likely to be spotted within Acadia’s borders, as well as a list of those that might be found on Mount Desert Island. The park offers some tips on the best places to go looking for birds. Additionally, the Maine Birding Trail offers guidance for prime places to find birds within the park.
Want more? Visit Acadia in the spring for the annual Acadia Birding Festival. This multi-day event, hosted by a local nonprofit, sponsors lectures, field trips, and journeys by boat to study sea birds.
From August through October, join park rangers and volunteers on Acadia’s Cadillac Mountain* for the annual HawkWatch. Park officials, Schoodic Institute staff members and volunteers work together to count hawks and other raptors as they ride the winds past Acadia’s heights on their southerly migration. The bird count helps scientists better understand raptor behavior, establishes migration patterns and provides a snapshot of bird numbers.
*From May 26 through Oct 19, vehicle reservations are required for Cadillac Summit Road between sunrise and sunset.