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Best National Parks for Wildlife Spotting

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Acadia National Park, ME

This Maine-coast archipelago, covering some 47,500 acres, is a transitional zone, where mountains meet the sea. Accordingly, wildlife here is of both the arboreal and marine varieties: red foxes, long-tailed weasels, and beavers call the forest home; seals, porpoises, and minke and humpback whales inhabit the surrounding waters. With 338 identified bird species, Acadia is also one of the best bird-watching areas in the country; peregrine falcons, bald eagles, herons, and multitudes of seabirds are commonly seen.

Viewing Tip: Thousands of birds (including American kestrels and broad-winged hawks), pass by Cadillac Mountain during HawkWatch season, from mid-April to mid-October.

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