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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January 2020

Christmas Bird Count

January 1 @ 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 @ 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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May 2020

World Series of Birding

May 9 @ 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Bird Ecology Program Director Seth Benz is part of an elite team participating in this event. For the 37th year…

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Boreal Big Day – CANCELLED

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

Due to COVID-19, this event has been CANCELLED and may not be rescheduled.  Please continue to check our website calendar…

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June 2020

Acadia Birds by Land and Sea I – CANCELLED

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

Due to COVID-19, this event has been CANCELLED and may not be rescheduled.  Please continue to check our website calendar…

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Acadia Birds by Land and Sea II – CANCELLED

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

Due to COVID-19, this event has been CANCELLED and may not be rescheduled.  Please continue to check our website calendar…

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Puffins of Petit Manan 2020 I – CANCELLED

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

Due to COVID-19, this event has been CANCELLED and may not be rescheduled.  Please continue to check our website calendar…

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July 2020

Puffins of Petit Manan 2020 II – CANCELLED

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

Due to COVID-19, this event has been CANCELLED and may not be rescheduled.  Please continue to check our website calendar…

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Virtual Field Trip with National Park Rangers: Birds

July 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until July 30, 2020

What habitats do animals find in Acadia National Park? And how do those animals survive in their habitats? What cool…

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Virtual Field Trip with National Park Rangers: Birds

July 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until July 30, 2020

What habitats do animals find in Acadia National Park? And how do those animals survive in their habitats? What cool…

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