Seabirds at Schoodic Point Workshop
October 15 @ 4:00 pm - October 17 @ 11:00 am
In October, the waters off Schoodic Point are filled with migrating waterbirds: loons, sea ducks, and cormorants. A variety of other species may be seen during this workshop, including falcons, jaegers, gulls, shorebirds, and songbirds. 2021 will be the sixth season of daily monitoring of this phenomenal autumn flight. Participants will gain skills and an appreciation for identifying birds in flight and will contribute to this ongoing scientific effort by helping spot birds and documenting the flight. We’ll discuss how to best use the Merlin and eBird apps and discuss how networks of bird observatories and bird tracking studies are contributing to migratory bird conservation.
Due to COVID-19 precautions, participants must provide their own ground transportation to and from Schoodic Institute and during all field trips. All field trips will be caravan style. All participants must wear a facial mask that covers nose and mouth during all tour activities, especially when social distancing is not possible. Changes to the status of COVID-19 precautions are monitored closely by Schoodic Institute and are subject to the guidance of the Maine CDC (and U.S. CDC).
Participants should bring binoculars. A camera (optional) can be fun as all tours are fairly scenic. Spotting scopes are useful but optional and your guide will provide one for group use, as well as guidebooks. None of the tours require strenuous hiking. Birding will be slow moving and on level ground. There may be some spots that are muddy, uneven, and slippery, but large boots are unnecessary. Boat tours can be cold and damp. Bring appropriate clothing.
Day 1: begins on the Schoodic Institute campus at 3 pm with check-in and orientation at Rockefeller Hall. We’ll then take a leisurely stroll to Schoodic Point before dinner at 6 pm. An evening presentation on seabird identification and migration follows.
Day 2: starts at sunrise at Schoodic Point after which we’ll go back inside for breakfast. Following breakfast everyone returns to Schoodic Point to gain firsthand experience with monitoring the migration. Lunch will be at Schooner Commons. During the afternoon hours we’ll assess the day’s activity and determine whether classroom time, more field time, or a field trip to a nearby birding location would be most rewarding. We’ll break at 5 pm for some leisure time before the 6 o’clock dinner. An evening discussion on the day’s experience follows.
Day 3: starts again with sunrise at Schoodic Point before breakfast. Breakfast is from 7 to 8. We’ll return to Schoodic Point after breakfast in anticipation of migrating birds, including gannets, moving along the coastline. Checkout is at 10 am, so will wrap things up between 10 and 11 am.
Should You Need to Cancel Your Event Registration
There is a $35 processing fee for any cancellation made 15 days or more prior to the conference date. No refunds will be given for cancellations within 14 days of the conference date.