Bird Ecology

View of two people walking along a wooden boardwalk in Acadia National Park, with lush green trees surrounding them. The sun is shining and blue sky is visible through the tress.
April 12, 2023

Citizen science in the Great Meadow Wetland

by Catherine Schmitt and Seth Benz If you are rolling down the boardwalk of the Jesup Path this summer and […]

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An American Tree Sparrow perches on a branch while snow lightly falls around it.
March 23, 2023

The subtle beauty of a winter sparrow

story by Kyle Lima It’s a sunny day, and after being cooped up all winter you decide to get outside […]

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View of a female common eider afloat deep blue water, with ripples in foreground.
February 21, 2023

Can we continue to call the Common Eider common?

story by Seth Benz In the Spring of 1991, I was working as an Audubon warden on an island near […]

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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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