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    Acadia

    National Park Maine

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  • 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 - Minor Orders

Man, woman, and child look for insects on a sheet.

Three generations interested in insects

NPS/David Manski

The Minor Order Blitz ran from August 7 to 10, 2009, at the park's Schoodic Education and Research Center. A total of 46 professional and amateur entomologists participated in the blitz, spending 1,308 hours searching for and collecting insects from 16 orders that have relatively few species in Maine.

Preliminary Results
Participants identified approximately 98 species over the weekend; the final tally may increase or decrease depending upon the actual number of springtail species (Collembola) positively confirmed. The approximate number of species collected and identified for each of the minor orders was:

  • Collembola - est. 40
  • Psocoptera - 20
  • Trichoptera - 13
  • Orthoptera - 10
  • Neuroptera - 6
  • Thysanoptera - 4
  • Dermaptera - 1
  • Diplura - 1
  • Archaeognatha - 1
    • Plecoptera - 1
    • Dictuoptera (Mantodea, Isoptera, Blattodea) - 1
    • Mecoptera - 1
  • Thysanura - 0
  • Ephemeroptera - 0
  • Phasmida - 0
  • Strepsiptera - 0

Interesting Finds

  • The Archaeognathan, Petrobius brevistylus, is known be restricted to the bedrock shores of the coast of NE North America. It was collected twice during the weekend.
  • The bog cricket, Neonemobius palustris, was taken at both bogs in the Schoodic section of the park using yellow pan traps.
  • The only Dictuopteran collected, was an introduced forest cockroach, Ectobius lapponicus, which was very common.
  • Several Psocopterans of interest were also collected.

Participants represented a number of institutions: Maine Entomological Society, Maine Forest Service, New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, University of Maine, University of New Hampshire, University of Southern Maine, Illinois State University, University of North Alabama, Texas A&M University, Colby College, and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. In addition, a taxonomist from the University of Tennessee has agreed to identify the Collembola species not identified at the BioBlitz.

 

Did You Know?

Cobblestone Bridge, faced with rounded cobblestones, has a stream running underneath.

The historic carriage road system at Acadia National Park features 17 stone-faced bridges spanning streams, waterfalls, cliffs, and roads. The design of each bridge, such as Cobblestone Bridge, is unique.