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Address: 6 Firefly Lane, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
Phone Number: 207/801-2617
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Description: This is a small business in Bar Harbor, Maine. From its retail store base...
This is a small business in Bar Harbor, Maine. From its retail store base, they are offering nature-based tours, whether birding, tide-pooling, field ecology, or general natural history. They also lead adventure tours such as hiking, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, and sea kayaking for very small groups. For those wishing to delve deeper into the world of birds, there are even opportunities to engage in citizen science reserch projects.
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Birding tour in Acadia National Park

What a wonderful experience! A bird walk in a beautiful mixed habitat landscape on a gorgeous morning with an experienced, knowledgeable and entertaining guide. Rich... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Bar Harbor, Maine
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Bar Harbor, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful experience! A bird walk in a beautiful mixed habitat landscape on a gorgeous morning with an experienced, knowledgeable and entertaining guide. Rich McDonald clearly loves his work and he's good at it. We saw or heard a representative array of summer residents of Mount Desert Island from owls [Barred] to warblers [ such as Black-throated Green, Redstart,... More 

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Natural_History_Ctr, Owner at The Natural History Center, responded to this review

Thank you for the glowing review! I was so glad the Barred Owl family has continued for so long, allowing me to share the majesty of this magnificent creature with you and your family. -Rich More 

Folly Beach, South Carolina
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

If you are interesting in learning more about the local ecology of Mount Dessert Island & Acadia National Park, then the Natural History Center is the place for you! Through the Natural History Center, we had a lovely bird walk that lasted 3 hours and covered a couple of miles of diverse & beautiful habitat in Acadia National Park. Our... More 

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Natural_History_Ctr, Owner at The Natural History Center, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review, Kim! As you rightly note, we here at The Natural History Center generally keep our groups small so everyone can get highly individualized attention, whether it is getting them on a bird, teaching them particular kayaking skills, finding the perfect photo op, etc. We look forward to seeing you again! More 

Charleston, South Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

What a great tour! Rich is extremely knowledgable and gets into more than just the birds you are hearing and seeing. He explains the ecology of the area and the birds part in it. I thought I was pretty good on my bird knowledge, but Rich just blew me away. We heard and saw a ton of birds and I... More 

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Natural_History_Ctr, Owner at The Natural History Center, responded to this review

Marty, it was a pleasure to have you join our birding tour! And thank you for the glowing review. I think you experienced my joie de vivre for the natural world and why I have made this not just a job but a career. Thank you! More 

NH
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Rich is incredibly knowledgeable. He makes the tour a blast. Cannot recommend him highly enough!!! Knew the areas to find great birds, including new born barred owls, bald eagles and tons of songbirds

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Natural_History_Ctr, Owner at The Natural History Center, responded to this review

Thank you for the glowing review! We were incredibly fortunate to have such cooperative owls during our tour, making what I thought was already an excellent morning even better. It was a treat to share this experience with you and your family. Thank you! More 

Chicago, Illinois
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We (a family of 4) hired Rich to take us on a private bird watching tour and it was wonderful. We saw lots of different types of birds (including baby owls) and learned a lot. Rich is a very nice person and a great guide. We will definitely hire him again when we come back. We have been spending 2... More 

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Natural_History_Ctr, Owner at The Natural History Center, responded to this review

Thank you for the glowing review. Having the privilege to take folks like you and your family out is a big part of what makes it so fun for me to share my passion for nature. Your inquisitiveness was stimulating. And the complete joy you, your daughters, and your husband had at seeing the two Barred Owl chicks was absolutely... More 

Dallas, Texas
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We stopped in Bar Harbor as part of our New England cruise. We hired Rich MacDonald to take us around the island and the national park. We hired Rich because a friend hired him a couple of years ago and said he was fantastic. We agree. Rich took us and another couple (our friends) for a 4 hour private tour.... More 

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Natural_History_Ctr, Owner at The Natural History Center, responded to this review

Steve and Renette, thank you for the kind words. In addition to being your tour guide, I enjoyed our wide-ranging discussions and your inquisitive nature. Doing small group tours as we do here at The Natural History Center, it allows for intimate experiences with our guests, the ability to modify our agenda on the fly, and, we would like to... More 

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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 via mobile

I hired Rich MacDonald to guide me on two hikes in Acadia. He was AWESOME! Very knowledgable without being pretentious. I not only learned a lot, I had a great two days hiking the beautiful national park.. rich gave us great tips on restaurants, places to see and local history. As a guide I'd highly recommend him...I felt like a... More 

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Natural_History_Ctr, Owner at The Natural History Center, responded to this review

Tricia, it was so fun for me leading you on hiking tours of some of the mountains in Acadia National Park. Kind words such as yours make leading tours all the more worthwhile. Thank you. And I hope our paths cross again. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I reserved a private bird watching tour with Rich and it was one of the highlights of my vacation in Maine. I spent 4 hours birding with him and checked off 11 new birds and I missed migration by 3 weeks. I think we reported among 35 birds that day. He really new his stuff and I recommend going on... More 

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Natural_History_Ctr, Owner at The Natural History Center, responded to this review

We appreciate the kind words, Richard. Thank you! It was a pleasure birding with you, too. Here at The Natural History Center, we do our best to offer the best possible tour. And by generally keeping our group group sizes small, we better ensure doing just what participants want. In your case, helping you find 11 new life-birds was a... More 

Lakeland, Florida
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1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

When I recently vacationed in Bar Harbor with my 3 grandchildren, age 8, 11 and 13, we went on two private tours with Rich. We started with tide pooling. My 8 year old grandson, who had experienced tide pooling around Florida beaches, was not too excited and thought it would be “boring”. However, soon after finding crabs, starfish and even... More 

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Natural_History_Ctr, Owner at The Natural History Center, responded to this review

Thank you for the glowing review, MaryAnn! This was the perfect tour for The Natural History Center! Your grandkids were a joy to take tide-pooling and sea kayaking: they were inquisitive, fun, relaxed, playful, cheerful, adventurous. And not just with me, but with each other! Clearly you and your daughter are doing something right in your raising of these wonderful... More 

Bar Harbor
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

Rich is a wealth of nature knowledge! We had such a fun and informative tour. I learned so much more than I expected. Rich was accommodating to our feeds as a family of various ages. Thanks Rich! We hope to see you in the future!

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Natural_History_Ctr, Owner at The Natural History Center, responded to this review

Imagine our pleasure to be in Europe, reprising our gig as naturalists for Garrison Keillor on his annual cruise-ship charter of A Prairie Home Companion, and to see your kind review. Thank you! It was a pleasure to take you and your family on a nature tour of Acadia National Park. We look forward to seeing you soon! More 

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Address: 6 Firefly Lane, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
Phone Number: 207/801-2617
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Bar Harbor
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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