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    All park carriage roads are closed until further notice to prevent damage during the spring thaw. For more information: (207) 288-3338

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

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    Blackwoods Campground is open and is sites are available by self-registration at the campground. More »

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    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 - 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 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...