Birding Acadia National Park

Discover a wealth of unique birding in Acadia National Park, where you’ll spot native species alongside experts as you learn about the region’s ecology, wildlife and natural history.
Rating (4.33)
Program No. 17906RJ
6 days
Starts at

At a Glance

Acadia National Park preserves more than 50 square miles of diverse habitats, including mountains, shoreline, woods, lakes and the highest peak on the Atlantic seaboard. With extremely knowledgeable birding experts, search for the 320 species of pelagic, shore and boreal birds that call Down-East Maine’s environs home. Loons, terns, puffins, eagles, murres, bay ducks and razorbills are all plentiful. Learn why Mount Desert Island is known as the “warbler capital.”
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Walking up to two miles over varied, rugged terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Board a privately chartered ocean-going vessel for a thrilling quest for puffins and other seabirds.
  • Journey to the secluded and serene “quiet side” of Mount Desert Island to examine forest habitats and seek a multitude of migrating shorebirds.
  • Search for a variety of species, including peregrine falcons, and explore Valley Cove on the shore of Somes Sound, the continental United States' only fjord.

General Notes

All Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. We adhere to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Featured Expert
All Experts
Profile Image
Rich MacDonald
Rich MacDonald is a field biologist, ornithologist, naturalist, group leader, writer, photographer, husband, and father who lives in Bar Harbor, Maine. As a field biologist, Rich has studied the natural world, focusing on issues relating to climate change, forest ecology and birds. Rich is the director of The Natural History Center, an organization teaching and leading educational programs and trips throughout the natural world of Acadia National Park, Down East Maine and beyond (including leading Road Scholar trips around Norway, Cuba and the Great Lakes).

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

Profile Image
Rich MacDonald
View biography
<%= Bio %>
Suggested Reading List
View 4 books

Click here to provide website feedback
Website Feedback