Wildlife Research

a harbor seal laying on exposed rock in the middle of ocean waters
A harbor seal resting on exposed rock ledge.

Ashley L. Conti, Friends of Acadia,, NPS

Scientific studies about wildlife at Acadia National Park are part of Acadia's Science Legacy including marine mammal research, bird research, invertebrates and more. Listed below are some important datasets and research studies related to wildlife in the park. A full species list and more research can be found on IRMA. For more stories about wildlife in Acadia, visit our Animals page.

Marine Mammal Research

Richardson (1971, 1972, 1973, 1977) conducted aerial inventories of harbor and gray seals in the Acadia National Park region of the coast.


Bird Research

Birding research atAcadia has a long and stories history going back to the mid 1800s. Learn more on our Bird Research page and find more information about birds at Acadia on our birds and birdwatching pages.
two fledgling falcons perched on a steep rocky outcrop
Bird Research

Historic data sets and stories of bird research in Acadia National Park

A bald eagle flying

Acadia's most famous creatures, with more than 300 species reported!

A loon couple feed their two young chicks.

Loons, peregrines, snowy owls, bald eagles, cormorants, and more


Invertebrate Research

The Champlain Society surveyed marine invertebrates of Somes Sound in 1880. William Procter conducted a complete and detailed survey of marine invertebrates in marine waters adjacent to Mount Desert Island in the 1926-1932. He noted over 500 species in 13 phyla. The collections from his survey are stored in Acadia National Park’s collections. The specimen nomenclature was updated by Mittelhauser and Kelly (2007).


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    Last updated: September 22, 2022

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