As a birder and naturalist, I have a love/hate relationship with roads and parking lots in national parks. On the one hand, it’s not difficult to agree with Ed Abbey that all pavement is the opposite of progress. Roads kill things outright and bring more tourists, a certain percentage of which will be destructive in their own way. Then I stop and think about the best birding spots I’ve found in the parks – and a majority of them of were either in a parking lot or within sight of some kind of pavement.
Acadia National Park
While George Bucknam Dorr had the wherewithal to travel extensively about the world and do anything with his life, he came to cherish the landscape of Mount Desert Island along coastal Maine. It was a lifelong connection spurred by childhood vacations on the island, one that spawned a tireless, and selfless, campaign to both conserve the island’s landscape and, more importantly, see it included within the National Park System.
June brings full leaves, family guests, and, this year, the rising tide of the Acadia Centennial. Well more than 400 partners have stepped up to offer an event, product, or their support for the yearlong, community-based, world-welcoming celebration of the 100-year-old national park. This month, Acadia National Park lovers can join these partners in art, birding, science, music, history, puppetry, garden design, baseball, and ice cream—all to celebrate America’s favorite place.
It was mere happenstance, two events more than 2,000 miles apart, but the irony was inescapable: At a time when the Western United States is losing a "football field worth of natural area" to development every 2.5 minutes, an opportunity to set aside nearly 100,000 acres in the Northeast as part of the National Park System was deemed within reach.
The call to “celebrate our past, inspire our future” has struck a chord with organizations, businesses, and individuals in the Acadia National Park region, the state of Maine, and beyond—so much so that nearly 400 have signed up as Acadia Centennial Partners to help build the yearlong, community-based celebration.
Matt Holly is a lifelong parks and maps enthusiast. He put his interests together and created the website National Park Maps, which now has more than 1,000 free maps.
You'll be able to ride your bike on the Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park a couple days this year without having to worry about vehicles.
Remains found in Acadia National Park on Friday could be those of a Maine man who went missing back in January, according to park officials.
You can add Sequoia National Park in California and Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota to the slowly growing number of parks now selling entrance passes online.
With peregrine falcons returning to Acadia National Park in Maine to prepare for their nesting season, park officials have instituted temporary closures for several trails and cliffs.