• Views from Penobscot Mountain summit.

    Acadia

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  • Trail Closures: Peregrine Falcon Nesting

    Precipice Cliff, Valley Cove, and Jordan Cliff areas are closed to all public entry until further notice for peregrine falcon nesting season. More »

  • Cultural Connections programs rescheduled for 7/16/2014 due to weather

    Ash Log Pounding demo will take place today 11 am-3 pm at the Abbe Museum downtown (26 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor). The Burnurwurbskek Singers have been rescheduled to perform on Cadillac Summit next Wed, July 23 at 11 am.

BioBlitz Series - Ant Blitz

 
A stick is used to look for an ant nest in the grass.

Locating ants can be a challenge.

NPS Photo

From June 22 to 24, 2003, the National Park Service, Acadian Entomological Society, and Maine Entomological Society sponsored a collecting effort to determine the diversity of native ants found in the Mount Desert Island portion of Acadia National Park. Forty-four species of ants were found in six different survey areas, which reflects a high biodiversity relative to the total species richness in the state of Maine (61 species). Several spatially rare species were found, as well as one new state record. This survey provided an excellent baseline community data set for future studies in ANP regarding changes in ant biodiversity.

 

Did You Know?

The wide carriage road is lined by the spring foliage of birch trees.

Acadia National Park's carriage road system, built by John D. Rockefeller Jr., has been called “the finest example of broken stone roads designed for horse-drawn vehicles still extant in America.” Today, you can hike or bike 45 miles of these scenic carriage roads in the park.