Animals

 
 
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Mammals, Amphibians, and Reptiles

 
Frog in a pond

Frog in a pond.

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Acadia contains a variety of natural habitats that provide homes for many different animal species. Our location on the coast and the diversity of habitats explains this species richness. The size of these habitats and their separation from other habitats or larger natural habitats, however, limits the types of animals that are found here. Small animals adapted to smaller habitats are therefore more common, unlike the large mammals such as black bears and moose that require large areas and are rarely observed.

The quieter and more patient you are, the greater your chances of finding and observing any animal, regardless of size. If you have any unusual wildlife sightings while you are exploring the park, please fill out a wildlife observation card at the visitor center, nature center, campgrounds, or park headquarters. Click here for a checklist of the mammals, amphibians, and reptiles found in the park.

 
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Birds

 
Peregrine Falcon baby

Peregrine falcon chick.

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Bird List

With a record of 338 bird species encountered, Acadia National Park is considered one of the premier bird-watching areas in the country. Twenty-three species of warblers alone have been recorded as breeding in the park! Click here for a checklist of the birds in the area.



HawkWatch

Every year, strong northerly winds push thousands of raptors from Maine and Canada south along the eastern coastline as they migrate to warmer areas for the winter. With its wide-open views and tallest vantage point on the eastern coast, Acadia's HawkWatch location on Cadillac Mountain often provides visitors with a close look at the soaring raptors. Each year, program participants see large numbers of sharp-shinned hawks and American kestrels.

Discover what's happening this season at the HawkWatch in the weekly update, Riding the Winds, and view the recent daily counts for each species at Cadillac Mountain. To help you identify flying raptors, click here for a silhouette guide.

Peregrine Falcons
For information about peregrine falcons check out this blog. For information on their markings, and conservation efforts, click here.

 
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Fish

 
Brook Trout

Brook trout.

NPS/Bill Gawley

Historic records indicate that 31 fish species have been encountered in the lakes, ponds, and brooks of Acadia National Park, although only 28 species can be found today. For more information on area fish, click here.

 
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Marine Invertebrates

 
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Northern Seastar.

NPS/Sarah Hall

The intertidal zone of Acadia National Park contains numerous invertebrates (animals lacking a backbone). For a field guide to marine invertebrates in Acadia's waters, click here.

 
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Insects, Spiders, Centipedes, and Millipedes

 
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Luna moth.

NPS/Todd Edgar

With diverse habitats from ocean shoreline to the granite tops of mountains, Acadia National Park contains many different types of insects. Just how many, we're not sure.

From 1928 to 1944, William H. Procter studied the invertebrates in the park. Today, park staff protect his collection as part of the curatorial program.

The park continues to learn about its insect species through the BioBlitz series, where biologists and naturalists conduct a rapid assessment of a specific group of invertebrates over a 24-hour period. These BioBlitzes document species occurrence, provide estimates of species richness, and identify rare and unique species.

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