Head out to the bays and open ocean where playful dolphins pop their heads above the surface (just for a second though). Spot harbor seals sunning on ledges and a trip to the outer islands reveals summer home of the iconic Atlantic puffin. Closer to shore you’ll spot harlequin ducks making their way across harbors, herons swooping in over marshes, osprey, bald eagle, red-tailed falcon on the hunt overhead. As part of the Atlantic Flyway, you’ll find a broad selection of birds in Roque Bluffs State Park, Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, or the Maine Coastal Islands Wildlife Refuge. Learn about the miraculous life cycle of salmon at our hatcheries in East Machias and Grand Lake Stream Hatchery, as well as the Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery in Orland. Explore ocean ecology at the DownEast Institute in Beals or visit the Discovery Wharf at the Center for Coastal Fisheries in Stonington to get a hands-on look at the world below the waves. Looking for Moose? Use a Registered Maine Guide. A moose safari in the early or waning light of the day led by Registered Maine Guides can be the best way to see these peaceful forest dwellers. The Downeast Lakes Community Forest, Downeast Lakes Water Trail, and Moosehorn Wildlife Refuge offer excellent habitat for moose and wildlife like black bear, bobcat, and beaver. Please never feed any wildlife and watch closely as you drive along roads, especially The Airline—Route 9; making sure to give them plenty of space to move on in peace. Plan Your Visit Today! Acadia NAtional Park– NPS.gov/acad/ Downeast Lakes Land Trust– DowneastLakes.org Schoodic National Scenic Byway Kids Quest– SchoodicByway.org/kids-quest/ Moosehorn Wildlife Refuge– fws.gov/refuge/moosehorn/ Spot a moose on one of many indland lakes Mount Desert Oceanarium– TheOceanarium.com Petit Manan National Wildife Refuge– bit.ly/PMananNWR Registered Maine Guide– MITA.org Tidepools at Seawall Birds along the Atlantic Flyway. For more information on wildlife in the region visit DownEastAcadia.com TRUE MAINE | 23 Whether you head to the sea for an excursion to spot whales or travel deep into our vast forests in search of the Maine moose, the biodiversity of DownEast Acadia is unsurpassed.