Wildlife and Bird Watching in Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park offers numerous opportunities for wildlife viewing—from narrated whale watching excursions that take you straight to these amazing marine mammals' feeding grounds, to serendipitous sightings of bald eagles landing atop a local pier.

Bald Eagle fishing in Somes Sound

Bird watchers will be delighted to view at a distance (bring binoculars!) the nesting site chosen by a peregrine falcons group within Acadia National Park many years ago. Once near extinction, falcons are rebounding. The sight of newborn chicks in the nest each spring is celebrated by locals and visitors alike.

Stroll the park's many trails surrounded by the music of songbirds. The park is home to as many as 23 species of warbler alone. Herons, sandpipers, and harlequin ducks are all easy to find in and near the water. Once a rare sight, Bald Eagles are common throughout the park.

Tide pooling at Seawall

The kids will love poking around the tidal pools to find amazing little creatures like whelks, sea stars, crabs, urchins, mussels, periwinkles, and barnacles. The park's forests offer a chance to spy salamanders, frogs, and toads, raccoons, skunks, otters, foxes, deer, and even the occasional moose among larger animals. Out on the water, you'll spot plenty of dolphins swimming by your boat, and seals poking their head above the surface or sunning on ledges out on the water.

Visitor Resources: Whale Watching Excursions | Maine Audubon | Down East Birding Trails and Festivals

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