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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April 2022

Birds of Spring: Anticipation and Appreciation

April 5 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 8:30 am on Tuesday, repeating until May 3, 2022

Wendell Gilley Museum, 4 Herrick Road
Southwest Harbor, Maine 04679
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The seasonal shift of birds from wintering areas to summer breeding territories is well underway during the month of April. …

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Birds of Spring: Anticipation and Appreciation

April 12 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 8:30 am on Tuesday, repeating until May 3, 2022

Wendell Gilley Museum, 4 Herrick Road
Southwest Harbor, Maine 04679
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The seasonal shift of birds from wintering areas to summer breeding territories is well underway during the month of April. …

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Birds of Spring: Anticipation and Appreciation

April 26 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 8:30 am on Tuesday, repeating until May 3, 2022

Wendell Gilley Museum, 4 Herrick Road
Southwest Harbor, Maine 04679
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The seasonal shift of birds from wintering areas to summer breeding territories is well underway during the month of April. …

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May 2022

Birds of Spring: Anticipation and Appreciation

May 3 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 8:30 am on Tuesday, repeating until May 3, 2022

Wendell Gilley Museum, 4 Herrick Road
Southwest Harbor, Maine 04679
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The seasonal shift of birds from wintering areas to summer breeding territories is well underway during the month of April. …

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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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June 2022

Demonstration Day: Bird Carving with Wendell Gilley Museum

June 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rockefeller Hall, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National park, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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close up of hands carving a bird out of wood

See how it’s done! Master carver Steve Valleau will be a special guest at Schoodic Institute on June 17, 2022…

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July 2022

Acadia’s Birds & Whales (Registration Closed)

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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