Sunday, March 4, 2007

MAINE: Bar Harbor - ACADIA NATIONAL PARK -Warblers and Wildflowers Festival

Year after year, as summer approaches, flocks of small, brightly colored songsters return to Bar Harbor. The warblers have arrived! For some, Mount Desert Island is their summer destination while others pass through to nesting sites still farther north. Mourning Warbler, Blackburnian, Canada and Magnolia Warbler were some of the Parulidae family highlights, while Ruffed Grouse, Pileated Woodpecker and numerous ocean and wetland birds were also among last year's festival total of 100 species.

By the end of May, the sun has warmed the earth and is welcoming the wildflowers of Acadia. Wild Rhodora, Viburnum and forest floor wildflowers abound in the woods and gardens of Mount Desert Island.

Everyone is invite to join the town of Bar Harbor May 24-May 28, 2007 as we celebrate this annual return of song and color during the Sixth Annual Warblers and Wildflowers Festival. Explore Warblers and Wildflowers through numerous events and venues. Early morning birding walks around picturesque Mount Desert Island, Peregrine watches and various boat tours provide endless bird watching and learning possibilities. Guided tours of famous Mount Desert Island gardens, walks through native forests, and various Ranger-led programs in Acadia National Park satisfy garden lovers of all ages. Enjoy warblers and wildflowers through Art with afternoon gallery tours and "meet the artist" demonstrations. Evenings are filled with social events, films and lectures.

Islands have a special magic, and none more so than Bar Harbor, set on Maine's rock-bound coast. From the stonewall-lined and tree-covered road leading you into the village, to the sweeping vistas from atop Cadillac Mountain, there is a special mystique to Bar Harbor. Nestled on the east side of Mount Desert Island, surrounded by Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor has welcomed visitors for over a hundred years.

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