Bird Ecology Research at the Schoodic Institute

Schoodic Institute’s Bird Ecology Program monitors the flow of millions of birds migrating along the Atlantic Flyway each spring and fall. The diverse and protected landscapes of Acadia National Park and the surrounding Downeast coastal region allow us to make sense of ongoing environmental change through the study of bird life cycles, migration, habitat use, and breeding behavior, information that contributes to global conservation and restoration efforts.

Premier vantage points like Schoodic Point and Cadillac Mountain are part of a continental network to understand environmental change and how we can minimize threats to bird survival.

Citizen scientists assist with three long-term monitoring efforts:

  • Sea Watch records tens of thousands of loons, grebes, cormorants, gannets, ducks, geese, gulls, terns and other water birds that pass Schoodic Point.
  • Hawk Watch, over its 25-year history, has documented 13 species of birds of prey flying over Cadillac Mountain, with an average annual total of 2,950 birds.
  • Songbird Watch monitors thousands of songbirds, including warblers, vireos, and flycatchers at Frazer Point.

Bird Tours, Workshops, & Field Trips

Schoodic Institute’s Bird Ecology Program offers a range of birding tours, field trips, workshops, and other events. See all events related to bird ecology.

Interested in more information?

Seth Benz, Bird Ecology Program Director,

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September 2019

Birding with Seth Benz and Landscape Photography

September 22 - September 26
Rockefeller Hall, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National park, 9 Atturbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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New this summer and fall! Eco-Photography workshops in and around the Schoodic Peninsula in Downeast Maine.  In collaboration with Schoodic Institute, …

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October 2019

Bird behavior, ecological theory, and natural history intersect at Bass Harbor Head in Acadia National Park

October 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Moore Auditorium, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, Acadia Drive
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States

In 1958, Robert H. MacArthur published a study of warblers at Bass Harbor Head concluding that each species looked for…

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