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    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 »

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    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.

Learn about (true) BUGS! Hemiptera, that is...

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Date: July 25, 2008
Contact: David Manski, 207-288-8720

Acadia National Park staff and local experts will present a free public workshop called “BioBlitz for Beginners: True Bugs” on Sunday, August 10, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This session will take place at the Schoodic Education and Research Center in Winter Harbor, Maine, as part of the 2008 BioBlitz. Participants will learn to recognize and collect true bugs (Hemiptera).

Dr. Cassie Gibbs, retired professor of entomology from the University of Maine, and Marcia Siebenmann, an entomologist specializing in aquatic invertebrates, will explore the habits, life history, and importance of this fascinating order of insects. Participants will go out into the field to collect specimens for the BioBlitz and come back to the lab to look at what they collected under microscopes. No previous experience is necessary!

This year’s BioBlitz, sponsored by the National Park Service, Maine Entomological Society, Maine Forest Service, University of Maine, and Dorr Museum of Natural History at College of the Atlantic, is the sixth annual event. A BioBlitz is an event in which dozens of scientists join in a race against time. Armed with sweep nets, pit traps, tweezers, and more, they fan out across a given habitat, collecting every specimen within an identified taxonomic group they can find in a 24-hour period. BioBlitzes can provide important information on species occurrence and estimates of species richness, and identify rare and unique species. Past Acadia National Park BioBlitzes have discovered species never before found in Maine.

To register for the workshop, contact David Manski at 207-288-8720 or david_manski@nps.gov.

Did You Know?

The wide carriage road is lined by the spring foliage of birch trees.

Acadia National Park's carriage road system, built by John D. Rockefeller Jr., has been called “the finest example of broken stone roads designed for horse-drawn vehicles still extant in America.” Today, you can hike or bike 45 miles of these scenic carriage roads in the park.