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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.

  • Trail Closure: Gorge Path weekdays, 7 am - 4 pm

    The section of the Gorge Path between the Hemlock Path intersection and the A. Murray Young Trail intersection is closed until rehabilitation work is completed. The closure will be in effect Mondays through Fridays only, from 7 am to 4 pm.

BioBlitz Series - Fly (Diptera) Blitz

A numbered fly is held in the hand of a researcher. Photo by Peggy Grub, USDA.

USDA/Peggy Grub

The Maine Diptera Blitz was held from noon on Saturday, July 15, to noon on Sunday, July 16, 2006, at the Schoodic Education and Research Center. More than 40 naturalists, both professional and amateur, attended and contributed to the event. A number of institutions were represented, including the Maine Forest Service, University of Maine, Maine Entomological Society, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, National Museum of Natural History, Northern Kentucky University, North Carolina State University, Cleveland State University, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Preliminary results counted 50 families and approximately 261 morphospecies. Various experts are performing the final identification of the specimens and beginning to compile species lists. Stay tuned for the final results! The Maine Diptera Blitz was sponsored by the Maine Entomological Society, National Park Service, Maine Forest Service, University of Maine, and the George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History at College of the Atlantic.


Did You Know?

A Passamaquoddy birchbark basket with the image of a moose on it

The Passamaquoddy Kit is an educational tool for teachers to help teach students about Passamaquoddy culture in Maine. The kit is a collaboration between the Abbe Museum and Acadia National Park staff.