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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.

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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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  • 2014 Season Openings

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  • 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.

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?

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...