Latest Projects in Bird Ecology

Bird Checklists

We use eBird from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society to track bird observations. Checklists are updated almost daily for Frazer Point and Schoodic Point and other hotspots in Acadia National Park.

Sea Watch

Help us count the thousands of birds that travel past Schoodic Point in autumn. Drop-in from sunrise until 9:30 a.m. every day (weather permitting) from September 4 through November 16. Bring binoculars. Dress for the weather. No registration required.

Hawk Watch

A collaborative effort between the park’s Interpretive Division and Schoodic Institute’s Bird Ecology Program, Hawk Watch takes place on Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, the highest point along the Atlantic coast from the Canadian border to Brazil. Its latitude makes Cadillac Mountain a natural sentinel and exceptional early detection point for observing the northeastern-most headwaters of what becomes a spectacular river of southbound raptors. August-October 2021 (Visitors to Cadillac Mountain summit will need an advance vehicle registration).

https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/vehicle_reservations.htm

– View the latest count data at hawkwatch.org

– Read the September 2020 update

– Read the September 2019 update from Acadia National Park

– Read the summary of the 2019 season, the 25th year of Hawk Watch

Frazer Point Early Bird Watch

Witness songbird migration, learn identification tips, gain bird conservation knowledge, and find out about a variety of opportunities to participate as a Schoodic Institute citizen scientist. Registration is required and space is limited. May 2021.

Bird Sounds

Laura Sebastianelli, a professional wildlife tracker and trained sound recordist, works with the Bird Ecology Program each June to record the calls and songs of breeding birds such as the Common Nighthawk and Northern Saw-whet Owl. Learn more at the Schoodic Notes website.

Seasonal Changes

Environmental changes may affect birds indirectly by altering available food resources. Volunteer observers with the Downeast Phenology Trail help us document the presence of fruit and insects during the seasons.

Winged Migration Monitoring

We participate in the Motus Wildlife Tracking System, an international effort to monitor the movement and behavior of individual birds, bats, butterflies, and dragonflies.

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May 2021

Puffin & Warbler Overnight

May 21 @ 5:00 pm - May 22 @ 2:30 pm

Join Seth Benz, Schoodic Institute’s Bird Ecology Program Director, for an in-depth look at the ecology of an active seabird…

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Puffin & Warbler Overnight II

May 22 @ 5:00 pm - May 23 @ 2:30 pm

Join Seth Benz, Schoodic Institute’s Bird Ecology Program Director, for an in-depth look at the ecology of an active seabird…

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Puffin & Warbler Overnight III

May 24 @ 5:00 pm - May 25 @ 2:30 pm

Join Seth Benz, Schoodic Institute’s Bird Ecology Program Director, for an in-depth look at the ecology of an active seabird…

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Puffin Day Trip & Picnic

May 29 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Winter Harbor Marina, 88 Sargent St
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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We are offering three special Schoodic Institute chartered tours to Petit Manan Island to get close up views of Atlantic…

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June 2021

Acadia’s Birds by Land & Sea

June 18 @ 4:00 pm - June 22 @ 2:00 pm

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

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Atlantic Puffin & Lobster Overnight

June 25 @ 5:00 pm - June 26 @ 2:30 pm

Enjoy a dinner of locally caught lobster followed by an evening presentation on seabird conservation in Maine, including an identification…

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Puffin Day Trip & Picnic II

June 27 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Winter Harbor Marina, 88 Sargent St
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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This event date has reached capacity.  Please consider other dates for this event. We are offering three special Schoodic Institute…

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July 2021

Puffin Day Trip & Picnic III

July 3 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Winter Harbor Marina, 88 Sargent St
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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We are offering three special Schoodic Institute chartered tours to Petit Manan Island to get close up views of Atlantic…

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Atlantic Puffin & Lobster Overnight II

July 9 @ 5:00 pm - July 10 @ 2:30 pm

Enjoy a dinner of locally caught lobster followed by an evening presentation on seabird conservation in Maine, including an identification…

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Acadia’s Birds & Whales

July 12 @ 4:00 pm - July 15 @ 2:00 pm

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

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