• Views from Penobscot Mountain summit.


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  • Temporary Road Closure

    A section of the Western Mtn Road in Southwest Harbor will be closed until 8/18 while park crews replace a culvert with a new fish-friendly open bottom culvert. For more information and a map visit our Getting Around Page. More »

  • 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 - Moth and Butterfly (Lepidoptera) Blitz

A sampling of the species captured during the blitz are pinned and labeled on foam.

Specimens collected during the blitz

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From June 12 to 14, 2004, the National Park Service, Maine Entomology Society, and Maine Forest Service hosted 35 professional and amateur entomologists, who volunteered 1,492 hours to conduct the first-ever moth and butterfly blitz in the Schoodic District of Acadia National Park. Participants recorded 18 butterfly and 140 moth species. A number of these moth species were new Maine records. Given the interest and success of this blitz, park staff and the Maine Entomology Society are hoping to conduct future annual collecting efforts for Lepidoptera and/or other invertebrate species in the park.

For a first-hand account of the Lepidoptera Blitz, you can read an article by Dr. Brian Scholtens of the College of Charleston (South Carolina) in the winter 2004-2005 Friends of Acadia Journal (pdf).


Did You Know?

A man boards the Island Explorer bus.

Since 1999, propane-powered Island Explorer buses have carried more than two million passengers in Acadia National Park, eliminating more than 685,000 automobile trips and preventing 6,444 tons of greenhouse gases. The fare-free buses are supported by your entrance fees. More...