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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 - 2007 Spider Blitz

Spider specimen

NPS/David Manski

On July 20-23, 2007, spider researchers, entomologists, amateur and professional naturalists, and students gathered on the Schoodic Peninsula for the 5th annual BioBlitz in Acadia National Park. The 2007 inventory and cataloguing effort focused on spiders. Lead taxonomist Dr. Richard Bradley of the Ohio State University in Marion, Ohio, provided participants with an overview of spider biology and collection techniques before they headed out in the field for the 24-hour event.

Participants sampled a total of 57 locations. The collecting effort yielded 1,040 adult specimens representing:

  • 18 families
  • 101 genera
  • 151 species (89 of these had not been recorded previously on the Schoodic Peninsula)

A full summary of results compiled by Dr. Bradley is available (pdf - 39kb). You can also check out a short presentation (pdf - 829kb) about the Spider Blitz.

The 2007 Spider Blitz was sponsored by the Maine Entomological Society, National Park Service, Maine Forest Service, University of Maine, and 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.