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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.

2012 Hawk Watch begins

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Date: August 10, 2012

Acadia Hawk Watch Begins Bar Harbor, ME - Acadia National Park will begin its 18th annual Hawk Watch season on Sunday, August 19, 2012, on the top of Cadillac Mountain. Every fall thousands of birds of prey, including falcons, hawks, ospreys and eagles, migrate through Acadia to destinations south. Everyone is invited to join Hawk Watch to see and learn more about these fascinating birds.

Hawk Watch will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily through October 9, weather permitting. Park rangers and volunteers will help visitors find and identify birds passing by, and provide natural history information on raptors and related topics. Data collected on raptors will contribute to a regional and national picture of hawk populations generated from similar sites all over the United States through Hawk Migration Association of North America. Numbers seen on Cadillac vary greatly, depending on weather patterns. Clearing days with northerly winds after the passage of a cold front are often particularly productive. On average 2,500 raptors are sighted annually in the fall at the Hawk Watch.

Visitors and local residents are encouraged to visit often and become part of the cadre of "regulars" who contribute greatly to the overall count. This event provides rewarding memories and allows everyone in the family to participate in citizen science, as well as enjoy the thrill of experiencing birds of prey and their natural history. The site is located on the Cadillac North Ridge Trail, 200 yards from the Cadillac Summit parking lot. More information about Hawk Watch can be found at www.nps.gov/acad/naturescience/hawkwatch.htm. Daily hawk counts will also be posted in the park at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center, Sieur de Monts Nature Center, and Park Headquarters. For further information, including visiting with a large group or to volunteer, call or email Angi King Johnston at (207) 288-8810 or Angi_King_Johnston@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...