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 2022

Spring Birds in Acadia, with Puffin Cruise – FULL

May 24 - May 27
Schoodic Institute, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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This event has reached capacity.  Please consider one of our other bird tours.  You may also call Michelle at 288-1356…

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July 2022

Acadia’s Birds & Whales

July 20 - July 24
Schoodic Institute, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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Comorant takes flight from water, wings forward

This five-day tour is offered to showcase seabirds, pelagic birds, and whales.  By design there will be two different boat…

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August 2022

Acadia’s Birds by Land & Sea II

August 20 - August 24
Schoodic Institute, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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common tern fllying with fish in its beak

Explore a variety of habitats in the Downeast Acadia Region, focusing on terrestrial birding hotspots and nearshore waters of the…

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Winged Migration

August 27 - August 31
Schoodic Institute, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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This tour begins in Bangor, Maine at 8:00 AM *.  We’ll spend two nights at Schoodic Institute in Acadia National…

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September 2022

Downeast Maine Birding Hotspots

September 30 - October 4
Schoodic Institute, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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Two harlequin ducks in dark blue ocean waves

This tour begins in Bangor, Maine at 8:00 AM *.  We’ll spend two nights at Schoodic Institute in Acadia National…

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October 2022

Seabirds at Schoodic Point

October 14 - October 17
Schoodic Institute, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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In October, the waters off Schoodic Point are filled with migrating waterbirds: loons, sea ducks, and cormorants.  A variety of…

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