Bird Ecology Research at 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. Join us!

 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 each autumn.
  • 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 in spring.

Bird Tours, Workshops, & Field Trips

Schoodic Institute’s Bird Ecology Program offers a range of birding tours, field trips, workshops, and other events.

Interested in more information?

Seth Benz, Bird Ecology Program Director, sbenz@schoodicinstitute.org

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May 2020

Boreal Big Day

May 26 @ 5:00 pm - May 27 @ 5:00 pm

Acadia Birding Festival Field Trip Special field trip in advance of the Acadia Birding Festival. Visit the festival website for…

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June 2020

Acadia Birds by Land and Sea I

June 12 @ 3:00 pm - June 16 @ 10:00 am

These experiences are designed to explore the habitats of the Downeast Acadia Region, focusing on terrestrial birding hotspots and near-shore…

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Acadia Birds by Land and Sea II

June 19 @ 3:00 pm - June 23 @ 10:00 am

These experiences are designed to explore the habitats of the Downeast Acadia Region, focusing on terrestrial birding hotspots and near-shore…

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Puffins of Petit Manan 2020 I

June 26 @ 5:30 pm - June 27 @ 3:00 pm
Schoodic Institute, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
Puffin sitting on water with fish in its beak

Atlantic puffins are nesting on an island that is just a short boat cruise from Schoodic Institute.  We are offering…

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July 2020

Puffins of Petit Manan 2020 II

July 3 @ 5:30 pm - July 4 @ 5:30 pm
Schoodic Institute, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States

Atlantic puffins are nesting on an island that is just a short boat cruise from Schoodic Institute.  We are offering…

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Puffins of Petit Manan 2020 III

July 10 @ 5:30 pm - July 11 @ 3:00 pm
Schoodic Institute, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States

Atlantic puffins are nesting on an island that is just a short boat cruise from Schoodic Institute.  We are offering…

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Puffins of Petit Manan 2020 IV

July 17 @ 5:30 pm - July 18 @ 3:00 pm
Schoodic Institute, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States

Atlantic puffins are nesting on an island that is just a short boat cruise from Schoodic Institute.  We are offering…

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Puffins of Petit Manan 2020 V

July 24 @ 5:30 pm - July 25 @ 3:00 pm
Schoodic Institute, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States

Atlantic puffins are nesting on an island that is just a short boat cruise from Schoodic Institute.  We are offering…

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August 2020

Puffins of Petit Manan 2020 VI

August 14 @ 5:30 pm - August 15 @ 3:00 pm
Schoodic Institute, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States

Atlantic puffins are nesting on an island that is just a short boat cruise from Schoodic Institute.  We are offering…

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Acadia Birds by Land and Sea III

August 21 @ 3:00 pm - August 25 @ 10:00 am

These experiences are designed to explore the habitats of the Downeast Acadia Region, focusing on terrestrial birding hotspots and near-shore…

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