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 2020

– View the latest count data at hawkwatch.org

– Read the September 2019 update from Acadia National Park

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 2020.

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 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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