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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November 2019

Birding Hotspot Thursdays

November 14, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until November 21, 2019

Join Schoodic Institute's Director of Bird Ecology Seth Benz and fellow birders for a hot, hearty lunch at Schooner Commons…

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Birding Hotspot Thursdays

November 21, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Schoodic Institute, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States

Join Schoodic Institute's Director of Bird Ecology Seth Benz and fellow birders for a hot, hearty lunch at Schooner Commons…

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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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