Nature is Everywhere !

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Visitors to the Roosevelt Campobello International Park do indeed find nature everywhere. They find it in both the large - the Park’s major habitats of spruce/fir forest, salt marshes, sphagnum bogs, and seashore - an in the small - where on the surface of a sphagnum bog are the tiny, reddish sundew plants, their leaves glistening with the sticky ‘glue’ that traps the insects from which the sundew obtains needed nutrients.

Nature is found in the continuous ecological process of natural succession evidenced when over-mature trees succumb to old age, insects, and disease and are knocked down by wind storms - and in the newly-created forest openings, where seeds of wildflowers, berries, shrubs, and deciduous trees are released from dense shade to germinate and grow as the forest regenerates.

Visitors discover nature in the Park’s geology, such as at Con Robinson’s Point where the gravel, sand, and rock bank and the scratches on the smooth ledges attest to the passing of an ancient glacier - and where twice a day the sun and the moon’s gravitational attraction on the ocean causes the tides to rise and cover the shore, hiding and later revealing the varied zones of life inhabited by rockweeds, crabs, periwinkles, and other life forms.

Look for nature in the frequent sightings of red squirrel and snowshoe hare, and in the less-frequent sightings of white-tailed deer, moose, and coyote as you hike the trails. Look for it in the frequent sightings of harbor seals, waterfowl, gulls, and eagles and the less-frequent sightings of harbor porpoise and whales from observation decks at Liberty Point.

Find nature in the “fog forest”, just beyond Yellow Bank on the way to Liberty Point, where a look at the dominant spruce trees reveals the great stress they must be subjected to, with limited light, low temperatures, 100 % humidity, and, at times, wind-driven salt spray, and where the forest floor is carpeted with mosses and lichens adapted to grow in the shadier, damper conditions beneath those trees.

Hear nature in the cries of seagulls and eagles, in the songs of a variety of birds, and in the sounds of waves gently lapping the shore, or cobblestones clacking together loudly in wind-driven waves. Smell nature in the sweet fragrances of wildflowers, the crisp, clean salt air, and the earthy aromas of spruce and hardwood forests. And finally, enjoy nature in the spectacular views of headlands, bays, craggy ledges, distant islands, expanses of ocean and sky from observation decks scattered throughout the Park.

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