Carriage Roads to reopen
All park carriage roads will reopen to foot traffic only on Friday, 4/25. Bikes & horses are not permitted at this time to prevent damage during the spring thaw. Use caution as seasonal repairs are not completed. For more info: 207-288-3338.
Trail Closures: Peregrine Falcon Nesting
Precipice Cliff and Valley Cove areas are closed to all public entry until further notice for peregrine falcon nesting season. More »
Blackwoods Campground is open
Blackwoods Campground is open and is sites are available by self-registration at the campground. More »
2014 Season Openings
Park Loop Rd, Cadillac Mountain Rd, & Hulls Cove Visitor Center is open. Call (207) 288-3338 or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AcadiaNPS) for more information More »
Jordan Pond boat ramp parking lot is closed for construction
It's scheduled to reopen on June 28. There may be intermittent openings at the discretion of the contractor. The North Lot parking area will remain open for access to the Jordan Pond House Restaurant & hiking & biking trails.
BioBlitz Series - Lepidoptera (2011)
Lepidopteran Blitz at Schoodic Point Brings Record Turnout and over 300 spp. *
No one could have predicted the intense heat of the weekend back when people were making their reservations for the annual Entomological BioBlitz at the Schoodic Education and Research Center (SERC) of Acadia National Park, but it was a more than pleasant relief to be able to escape to the coolness of the coast until after the heat wave inland broke on Sunday.
Nearly 115 people registered for the event, making this by far the largest turnout for any Blitz since the first small one for ants was held on Mount Desert Island in 2003. Participants included a number of Acadia National Park staff, teachers in a Park-sponsored science training program and a significant contingent from the Maine Butterfly Survey, along with the "usual suspects" from the M.E.S. and elsewhere. Brian Scholtens of the College of Charleston was the lead taxonomist, one of the very few micro-lepidopteran specialists in the country.
All attendees were treated to a thoroughly revamped campus, with new walkways (some replacing old roads), two central parking lots, beautiful landscaping, and above all, a fully renovated working laboratory space. The Schoodic Education and Research Center staff did an outstanding job keeping everyone happily fed with tasty and plentiful meals.
Preliminary results of the Bioblitz yielded over 20 spp. Of butterflies and around 300 moth species. Brian Scholtens took approximately 15 micro-lepidoptera back to his institution for final indentification. The new campus light fixtures along walkways, roads, and exterior buildings proved very fruitful collecting on Saturday night. The cool evening air was replaced about 9-10 p.m. by a warm air mass that raised the temperature by as much as ten degrees. Moth abundance increased dramatically with the increased temperature.
Richard Hildreth once again ran his mercury-vapor lamp at a site near the northwestern end of the Alder Trail, and attracted thousands of moths to his large white sheet. This allowed selective collecting of a wide variety of moths, and people collected until the gas in the generator ran out at about midnight.
On Sunday morning, Cassie Gibbs gave a public presentation titled "Moths and Butterflies in our Lives," which was attended by nearly 40 park visitors. Following the lecture, the group was given a tour of the Bioblitz lab, where moths and butterflies were being sorted, pinned, and identified.
Preliminary discussions are underway for next year's 10th anniversary Bioblitz, with a tentative plan to focus on aquatic insects - including mosquitoes and midges, Odonata, the EPT taxa (Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, and Trichoptera), aquatic Coleoptera, etc. Though logistics may be difficult to work out, there is also consideration being given to try to expand the collecting effort beyond the Schoodic Peninsula to include sites in Acadia National Park on on Mount Desert Island. There are also discussions about trying to visit some of the aquatic field collecting sites made by William Procter on Mount Desert Island during his surveys of the area during the early 20th Century.
Thanks to the SERC Institute for their great support and assistance during this and the other BioBlitzes.
Did You Know?
The Civilian Conservation Corps performed important work in Acadia National Park, including clearing brush, setting stones, and constructing Seawall Campground. Today park headquarters is located in the former CCC camp.