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The Natural History Center

Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1814
+1 207-266-9461
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Birding with an incredibly knowledgeable birder and naturalist!

If you are looking to check species off your list and learn more about birds, Rich is the person to... read more

Reviewed 13 December 2017
Mount Desert, Maine
Like touring Bar Harbor with an old friend who just happens to know everything about birds and Acadia

Rich knows so much about not just birds, but the whole area of Acadia National Park / Mount Desert... read more

Reviewed 1 August 2017
New York City, New York
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The Natural History Center is a family-run business based in Bar Harbor, Maine, specializing in leading birding, nature, and adventure tours in the Acadia and Downeast region. Whether you are interested in learning about birds or adding to your life-list, learning to kayak or build on skills you already have, The Natural History Center has a staff of experts to help. Families with children of any age can go on tide-pool adventures. Go on a photo safari to capture birds or the hidden gems of the natural world. Take a scenic tour of Acadia National Park, learning about the history of the natural and cultural landscape. In the winter, cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing in Acadia National Park is an excellent activity (February is a particularly good month to plan winter activities). Join The Natural History Center for any of your favorite outdoor adventures. Tours are generally geared to small or private groups. All ages and abilities are welcome; they will customize the tour to fit your interests and needs. Tours are available year-round. Their personable staff are sure to add to your visit to the Acadia region of Maine.
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Hours Today: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1814
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Reviewed 13 December 2017

If you are looking to check species off your list and learn more about birds, Rich is the person to go with. He has years of experience and is incredibly knowledgeable. We identified over 20 species during our 3 hour excursion. We visited wonderful spots...More

Thank JulieMDI
Richard M, Owner at The Natural History Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Julie, you are most certainly welcome! And thank you for the glowing review! It was a pleasure to have you finally be able to join The Natural History Center's Weekly Birding Tour. And I hope you will be able to join us again soon.

Reviewed 1 August 2017

Rich knows so much about not just birds, but the whole area of Acadia National Park / Mount Desert Island. Of course he was incredible with finding and identifying birds, even the small ones that would otherwise be impossible for us to ID. He taught...More

Thank YouK2
Management response:Responded 3 August 2017

WOW! I want to go on a tour with this guy! Oh, wait, I am this guy. Thank you for the glowing review, Ying! Here at The Natural History Center, we are so fortunate in being able to pursue our passions as vocation. And when...More

Reviewed 23 May 2017

Rich can help you find anything from elusive warblers to quick hawks, and his background and experience give another dimension to experiencing nature. He's like a walking library full of field guides, history, and local knowledge--sometimes he teaches classes at College of the Atlantic. If...More

Thank aschuver
Reviewed 16 May 2017

This was my first birding experience and It was a fantastic one thanks to Rich. He is a wonderful guide and teacher: friendly, patient, and understandable. He clearly has a high degree of expertise and he did a great job making sure both the inexperienced...More

Thank littlerosebear
Management response:Responded 23 May 2017

Thank you for the great review! We here at The Natural History Center love to share the joy of nature. And one of the great rewards is when we get such glowing feedback. So thank you! And I hope you will join us on more...More

Reviewed 8 May 2017

Birding with Rich is incredibly great. His expertise and deep knowledge of birds (and other wildlife!) is impressive. Moreover, he sets novice birders at ease with his patient and friendly demeanor. His knowledge of the area translates into high numbers of bird sightings- and he...More

Thank molamola12
Management response:Responded 9 May 2017

Thank you for the glowing review, Megan! Your kind words capture the essence of how we at The Natural History Center like to lead out tours, sharing our joy and passion for the natural world. I look forward to having you on future tours.

Reviewed 6 May 2017

I recently has the great pleasure of joining Rich on one of his birding tours. What an incredible experience! Birding is about so much more than just seeing a bird and Rich incorporates all of that into his tours- what types of habitat surrounds you...More

Thank Tracy H
Management response:Responded 9 May 2017

Thank you for the wonderful review, Tracy! It is always a pleasure for us here at The Natural History Center to have people as enthusiastic as you on our tours--it is part of what makes us just love offering birding and nature tours and sharing...More

Reviewed 13 April 2017

I had a terrific experience birding with Rich MacDonald this morning. He is a friendly, knowledgeable, and humble guide. I would highly recommend him to anyone. He is also extremely good at explaining where a bird actually is - if you've ever been birding, you...More

Thank ubeckford
Management response:Responded 14 April 2017

Thank you for the glowing review! Here at The Natural History Center, we LOVE the fact that we get to share our passion for the natural world, whether birding or some other adventure. Ursa, I only wish you did not have to leave early Wednesday...More

Reviewed 9 April 2017

Today I went with Rich MacDonald. And I had the experience of a life time. We chased after the Prothonotary Warbler and couldn't find it. But we saw other great birds. Definitely worth the time or the week.

Thank Collin L
Management response:Responded 10 April 2017

Thank you for the review, Collin. As always, it was a pleasure to go birding with you and your father. For a spontaneous bird tour, we did well with 43 species! The birds are returning!

Reviewed 2 April 2017

I just had another thoroughly enjoyable outing (second this season!) with Rich MacDonald, expert birder, on an otherwise raw, cold gray Maine morning! Once again, Rich shared his love and enthusiasm of all things related to birds, and we admired his agility at locating, identifying...More

Thank odysseyfour
Management response:Responded 4 April 2017

WOW! Thank you for the wonderful review! You make me wish I could go on one of my tours as a participant rather than the leader. It has been fun having you on our Weekly Birding Tour and look forward to seeing you again this...More

Reviewed 10 March 2017

I have been on several birding and nature trips with Rich on Mount Desert Island. They are consistently interesting, fun and go by too quickly! In additional to his knowledge and experience of where to find birds, Rich puts the sightings in the broader context...More

Thank Birder2017
Management response:Responded 12 March 2017

Thank you for the glowing review! It has been a pleasure having you join us on our weekly birding tours this winter and I look forward to seeing you on more of them. We really strive to make birding fun, accessible to everyone, and an...More

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22 March 2016|
Response from Natural_History_Ctr | Property representative |
The Natural History Center has two types of tour options (note that prices are per group, up to six people): private guided tours with pricing starting at $175 for a 2.5-hour scenic tour of Acadia National Park to $400 for a... More