DownEast Acadia Visitor Guidebook 2019 True Maine Visitor Guidebook - Page 24

Wildlife Watching Unspoiled nature at its best defines TRUE Maine. Whale watch on the Gulf of Maine Schoodic Institute Puffins on Grand Manaan, ©Richard Couse Ways to Discover the Wildlife in Downeast Acadia Wildlife for Families n n n n   ownEast Acadia offers plenty to D do for families. Kids love getting in and on the water—swimming, paddling kayaks, seeing a lobster hauled from the deep.   oosehorn Wildlife Refuge and M Acadia National Park offer ranger- led hikes. In Ellsworth, Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary is a hot birding destination; while out along the water sandpipers and other on- shore seabirds skitter in the surf.   ead out for guided night paddle H filled with glowing bioluminescent organisms that will change forever how you see the sea. 22 | o on a Kid’s Quest along the G Schoodic Scenic Byway. This series of self-guide interactive trails teach kids (and grownups) about wildlife and the ecology of the region. Eastport, Millbridge, Lubec, and Jonesport. (seasonal) Try Tide Pooling n   nce the tide recedes it leaves O wonderful creatures under rocks and in briny pools. Flip rocks, chase pinchy crabs, hold a starfish aloft. Turn free time into unforgettable memories. n   xplore the day away at Seawall E and Wonderland on MDI, Roque Bluffs, Great Wass Island, or Quoddy Head State Park. Honestly any stretch of rocky beach will keep you busy for hours. Be sure to check the local tide schedule for the next low tide. Hands-on Wildlife Encounters n n V isit Mount Desert Oceanarium & Lobster Hatchery for up-close touch-tanks and extensive programs on Maine’s favorite crustacean. (seasonal)   n the water, take a trip to view O whales, dolphins, and seals or nesting puffins. Puffin trips depart out to Petit Manan Island and others out of