Wildlife on Mount Desert Island

Wildlife on Mount Desert Island

The wildlife on Mount Desert Island offers a unique viewing opportunity for travelers and nature lovers. The area is teeming with land mammals, amphibians, sea creatures and marine mammals, making it a must-visit destination.

Bar Harbor Wildlife Watching

When in the Bar Harbor area, you can expect to see a range of exciting animals, including:

  • Marine mammals: Depending on the time of year you visit, you can see whales, dolphins and seals in the area.
  • Amphibians: The parks in the region are full of interesting salamanders, toads and frogs.
  • Sea creatures: View a range of sea stars, whelks, crabs, mussels, urchins, barnacles and periwinkles.
  • Birds: Mount Desert Island is home to numerous bird species, including peregrine falcons, songbirds, sandpipers, seabirds, herons, harlequin ducks and puffins.
  • Other mammals: Visit the area to view moose, deer, otters, foxes, skunks and raccoons. 

Best Places to See Wildlife on Mount Desert Island

The area has abundant wildlife for you to see all year round. Here are some of the best spots to visit.

1. Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park offers numerous ecosystems and terrains to spot wildlife. View animals that call the Cadillac Mountains home or many species living on the rugged granite shores. Explore the forests, ponds, tide pools and marshes. Spot various game animals on one of the fantastic hiking trails or just sit and witness the local wildlife.

2. Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge 

The Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex includes five separate refuges situated across the Maine coastline. Throughout summer, tour operators like Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. offer travelers the opportunity to view whales, dolphins, seals, sharks, tuna and thousands of bird species, including puffins, in the area. 

3. Maine Wildlife Park

Maine Wildlife Park has over 30 species, including moose, deer, black bears, mountain lions, porcupines, coyotes and birds like owls and hawks. The animals in the park have all been injured or orphaned, so they offer visitors the unique opportunity to view them in close proximity. 

Book Your Next Wildlife Adventure at Bar Harbor / Oceanside KOA Holiday

Bar Harbor / Oceanside KOA Holiday is the ideal place to stay when you want to view the amazing animals of Mount Desert Island. Our campground has waterfront access and exceptional amenities, and it is the only stay of its kind on the west side of Mount Desert Island.

Start your wildlife viewing adventure — book a stay at one of our Deluxe Cabins, Camping Cabins, RV Sites, or Tent Sites.

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