Wildlife and Photography
Seeing wildlife in the Park can be one of the most exciting and memorable experiences you can have in the Park. The Park provides intact watersheds and ecosytems representing complete assemblages of the flora and fauna of the Acadian Forest.
- Deer Fawn
Wildlife can occur anywhere within the Park at anytime of the day or night. Although early morning and evening are usually the best times to see some wildlife, Park staff at campgrounds, gatehouses and the Park's Visitor Center at Togue Pond can provide advice on local sites for viewing wildlife as well as recent updates on wildlife sightings.
For birders, the Park provides a listing of bird species found in the Park. Handouts on wildlife species and wildflowers found within the Park are also available at Park Headquarters and the Visitor Center.
- Photography in all seasons.
Photo Courtesy of Alice Frati
Photographing wildlife is a popular venture for many in the Park, particularly in the fall and spring. Our first mission is to protect the wildlife in the Park. We encourage all visitors to recognize and adopt appropriate actions and ethics when photographing wildlife in the Park. (Video Link)
Photography is very popular at particular spots within the Park such as Sandy Stream and Stump Ponds. "Big Glass" photographers should avoid numbers and tripod concentrations that prevent free access to boardwalks and view points by other users. At Sandy Stream and Stump Ponds, to protect wildlife, photographers are reminded that human access around the ponds is limited to established trails and walkways. While Sandy Stream and Stump Ponds are popular and convenient locations for photographers, there are many other worthwhile ponds and wildlife use areas in the Park - explore!
Along with wildlife, many Park visitors are interested in the flora of the Park, including the many wildflowers indigenous to our region. A handout of wildflowers that can be found in the Park is available on this website and at Park Headquarters.
By all accounts, the Park has a healthy population of Black Bears, although they are seldom seen by visitors. Please keep our wildlife wild and do not feed, or provide food for black bears or any other wildlife. Our mission is to protect the wildlife of the Park and the unfortunate reality is that when wildlife lose their wildness around people, it usually ends badly for the wildlife.