Public wildlife observations contribute to our knowledge of animals in Acadia, help park managers preserve native species and habitats, and keep animals and people safe. Always maintain a safe distance from wildlife and never attempt to feed, pet, or interact. Remember, the best relationship with wildlife is a long distance one.
What Not To Report?
You can engage in citizen science and use naturalist tools like eBird or iNaturalist, to record your wildlife observations. Check out the National Park Service Citizen Science website or CitizenScience.gov to join a citizen science project and join your fellow citizens in contributing to the scientific knowledge of the park.
What to Report?
Dangerous encounters with animals in Acadia are rare, but can happen. Report any conflicts with wildlife to a ranger. In an emergency, dial 911.
Park scientists and managers closely monitor non-native plants and animals in Acadia. Some of these species are considered invasive and pose a threat to Acadia's ecosystem. Your report can help slow diseases and preserve Acadia's wildlife.
Acadia is home to more than 350 species of animals. Some are seen everyday, and others may roam for years before meeting a human. And just like people travel to Acadia, so do new animals. As the climate changes and habitats shift, we may see more unexpected animals here.
How to Report
Please include specific details about your sighting, including the specific place, time, and date.
Last updated: August 14, 2023