Bird Ecology

American tree sparrow sits on branches, with pale blue sky background
December 30, 2022

New research shows dramatic declines in Acadia National Park winter bird populations

WINTER HARBOR, MAINE – Acadia National Park’s winter bird populations have declined by nearly half since 1971, according to a […]

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November 1, 2022

42 million birds and counting

by Seth Benz The migration of birds along the Downeast coast of Maine is spectacular. According to Birdcast, a collaborative […]

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Chickadees perch on the tips of spruce tree branches, silhouetted against a pale blue sky
October 17, 2022

A banditry of chickadees

story + photos by Seth Benz A black-capped chickadee “irruption” is most noteworthy among the usual migrating birds counted at […]

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September 30, 2022

Sharp-shinned Rascals

In the September nor-westers also fly Hawks, sometimes in veritable companies. Evil little sharp-shinned rascals flap and sail through the […]

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a group of about fifteen people sitting on rocky ledge looking through binoculars
September 16, 2022

Cadillac Mountain Hawk Watch has begun!

by Seth Benz Hawk Watch started in late August, and sharp-shinned hawks are on the move! We added 411 to […]

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two long-legged birds at the water's edge
August 31, 2022

Late summer shorebirds

by Catherine Schmitt, Kyle Lima, & Seth Benz Shorebird migration is upon us, as the plovers, sandpipers, and other sand- […]

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July 24, 2022

What’s going on with the cardinals?

story + photos by Seth Benz Recently a summer resident of Winter Harbor wondered if something might be happening with […]

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June 6, 2022

Landscape of change: Year one results

by Catherine Schmitt, Kyle Lima, Seth Benz, and Peter Nelson Launched on April 19, 2021, Landscape of Change is a […]

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May 22, 2022

Schoodic Signals of Biodiversity

by Shannon O’Brien and Catherine Schmitt Today is the International Day for Biological Diversity. Here on the Schoodic Peninsula, we […]

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April 28, 2022

Spring migration is underway!

by Seth Benz; images courtesy Cornell Lab of Ornithology BirdCast Dashboard is a new feature from the Cornell Ornithology Lab’s […]

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