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, sbenz@schoodicinstitute.org

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January 2020

Christmas Bird Count

January 1, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Schoodic Point, Arey Cove Road
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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Two harlequin ducks in dark blue ocean waves

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park invites birdwatchers to participate in the longest-running community science survey, the annual Audubon Christmas…

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February 2020

Seeds for the Feeder

February 7, 2020 @ 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Wright Hall at Schoodic Institute, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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This workshop focuses upon bird feeding basics. Which seeds attract what birds? What are the best feeder structures and styles?…

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June 2020

Puffins of Petit Manan

June 26, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - June 27, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
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One event on July 24, 2020 at 5:30 pm

One event on August 14, 2020 at 5:30 pm

Schoodic Institute, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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Puffin sitting on water with fish in its beak

Atlantic puffins are nesting just a short boat cruise from Schoodic Institute.  We are offering a special guided program package…

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July 2020

Puffins of Petit Manan

July 3, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - July 4, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
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One event on August 14, 2020 at 5:30 pm

Schoodic Institute, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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Puffin sitting on water with fish in its beak

Atlantic puffins are nesting just a short boat cruise from Schoodic Institute.  We are offering a special guided program package…

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Puffins of Petit Manan

July 10, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - July 11, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
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One event on July 17, 2020 at 5:30 pm

One event on July 24, 2020 at 5:30 pm

One event on August 14, 2020 at 5:30 pm

Schoodic Institute, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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Puffin sitting on water with fish in its beak

Atlantic puffins are nesting just a short boat cruise from Schoodic Institute.  We are offering a special guided program package…

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Puffins of Petit Manan

July 17, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - July 18, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
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One event on July 3, 2020 at 5:30 pm

One event on July 10, 2020 at 5:30 pm

One event on July 17, 2020 at 5:30 pm

One event on July 24, 2020 at 5:30 pm

One event on August 14, 2020 at 5:30 pm

Schoodic Institute, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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Puffin sitting on water with fish in its beak

Atlantic puffins are nesting just a short boat cruise from Schoodic Institute.  We are offering a special guided program package…

Find out more »

Puffins of Petit Manan

July 24, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - July 25, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
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One event on July 3, 2020 at 5:30 pm

One event on July 10, 2020 at 5:30 pm

One event on July 17, 2020 at 5:30 pm

One event on July 24, 2020 at 5:30 pm

One event on August 14, 2020 at 5:30 pm

Schoodic Institute, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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Puffin sitting on water with fish in its beak

Atlantic puffins are nesting just a short boat cruise from Schoodic Institute.  We are offering a special guided program package…

Find out more »

August 2020

Puffins of Petit Manan

August 14, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - August 15, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
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One event on July 3, 2020 at 5:30 pm

One event on July 10, 2020 at 5:30 pm

One event on July 17, 2020 at 5:30 pm

One event on July 24, 2020 at 5:30 pm

One event on August 14, 2020 at 5:30 pm

Schoodic Institute, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
+ Google Map
Puffin sitting on water with fish in its beak

Atlantic puffins are nesting just a short boat cruise from Schoodic Institute.  We are offering a special guided program package…

Find out more »
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