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Spring & Summer 2017...

Here at The Natural History Center, we are excited about the tourist season! Spring migration has brought any number of wonderful birds to Maine, with highlights including King Eider, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Painted Bunting, and Blue Grosbeak, just to name a few. In addition to our private guding, we are pleased to offer Weekly Birding Tours on most Wednesday and Saturdays (click the link above to see our schedule). June sees us in Belgium , Scotland, and Norway; the latter two reprising our annual cruise naturalist gig with A Prairie Home Companion. Come back here regularly, or check in with our Facebook page, to see our ever-evolving offerings. Below is a sample of local natural history opportunities and programs:



Weekly Birding Tours

Our Weekly Birding Tours, inaugurated during the winter,have proven a big success, offering an activity to one and all. We will continue this program year-round. May through October, we will offer tours both Wednesday and Saturday mornings. We look for local birds, maybe a rarity or two, learn some identification tips, enjoy good camaraderie, and work toward earning our MDI Bird Club "100" patch (identify 100 species on our tours and receive a 2" embroidered patch like the one to the right; browse for details).


RSVP by calling (207/266-9461), emailing (, or messaging ( us to sign up. $40 per person; although if money is a concern, please contact us and we will work something out.



Spring Arrivals & Departures Project

Do you live, work, play, or vacation on Mount Desert Island? Be a citizen scientist: help us track the arrival of spring migratory birds and the departure of our winter visitants. Download the Spring Arrivals & Departures Project worksheet and begin contributing to our understanding of the birdlife of Mount Desert Island. We would like these forms returned by the end of summer, please. Feel free to contact The Natural History Center for more information.



A Prairie Home Companion at Sea

Yes, THAT A Prairie Home Companion. Since 2005, we have had the good fortune of working with Garrison Keillor and all his wonderful staff —both those we are accustomed to hearing on air and those behind the sceneson an annual cruise-ship charter: they arrange the charter and we orchestrate the educational programming. This year, we are going to Scotland and Norway! To learn more about this wonderful adventure, visit their website at



...And more to come!

The Natural History Center is looking forward to our eighth season of sharing our passion for the natural world. As a family-run business based out in Bar Harbor, Maine, we strive to make the natural world accessible and enjoyable by offering experiential opportunities in the field and the quality tools and resources you need in the field.


Join us as we search for birds both common and elusive. Take a walk in the park with our seasoned naturalists. Explore the mysteries of Maine’s tidepools. Learn about the natural and cultural heritage of Acadia National Park on a sightseeing tour following the historic Park Loop Road.


For the more adventurous, search for Peregrine Falcons or Snowy Owls as you hike or snowshoe along the summit trails of Acadia’s mountains, look for Spruce Grouse while bicycling the Carriage Trails, or find Harbor Seals from the cockpit of a sea kayak.


We will work with you to create a personalized nature experience or you can join a regularly scheduled tour. We cater our tours to your needs and interests, regardless of age or physical ability. All tours are personal and interactive with a maximum of 6 participants (of course, we are happy to accommodate larger groups and bus tours, too).


We hope you will find our passion for the natural world is contagious and see that we enjoy both sharing our local knowledge and learning from you.


And remember, every day is Bird Day!

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Was that a Snowy Owl on Sargent Mountain? Did anyone else see the Moose? Check our nature log to see what’s been seen, and add your own sightings to our message board. what did you see today?

Our educational tours give you hands-on fun, a view of the Maine coast most visitors don’t see, and a sense of accomplishment.current offerings

Follow lifelong birder, naturalist, and field biologist Rich MacDonald as he shares sightings and perspectives in his weekly column, The Nature of Things.recent rambles
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