Enthusiastic birders flock to Mount Desert Island annually to celebrate the diversity of Acadia birds. Now, as the Acadia Birding Festival marks its 20th anniversary May 31-June 3, the gathering comes during a time of urgency: A new study identifies as many as 66 species of Acadia birds that could become locally extinct by the year 2050, if nothing is done to reduce carbon emissions. This is the Year of the Bird, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act that protects birds, and also sound the alarm about climate change’s potential impact and other threats, with the hope of preventing species from becoming modern-day equivalents of the canary in a coal mine.
In an early sign of spring in Acadia National Park, officials closed the carriage roads on Friday for mud season, and fundraisers to benefit the park are popping up like snowdrops. Before you know it, the peregrine falcons will be returning to nest, usually closing the Precipice Trail and other cliff climbs by late March; […]
A terrific aspect of hikes in Acadia National Park is that people can almost always get back to the start without retracing steps. Acadia’s tight, carefully designed network of 150 miles of trails allow hikers to create a nearly countless number of loop trips. There are many circular hikes in Acadia National Park, but perhaps […]
Five peregrine falcon checks have fledged at nests at two sites in Acadia National Park this year, but for unknown reasons a nest failed at a third site that has yielded chicks in recent years, a biologist at the park said Friday. Bruce Connery, wildlife biologist at Acadia, said there was a pair of adult […]
As millions around the world mark Earth Day, imagine what Acadia National Park would be like without the banning of DDT, the Clean Air and Endangered Species Acts, or any of the other changes since that first massive showing of environmental activism in 1970: No peregrine falcons nesting on the Precipice of Champlain Hazy views […]
The Precipice Trail is closed for peregrine falcon nesting, and the carriage roads, off limits for mud season. And as sure as spring follows winter, colorful rhodora and other plants of Acadia will soon be in bloom. For Jill Weber, a consulting botanist for Acadia National Park, the flowers of spring bring a feast for […]
Endangered falcons gave birth to 11 chicks this year at Acadia National Park and now are putting on a show for hundreds of visitors to the park. On Saturday alone, about 160 people stopped to catch the action of the state-listed endangered falcons at a “peregrine watch” site in the Precipice Trail parking area below a […]