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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August 2019

Puffins of Petit Manan

August 3 @ 5:00 pm - August 4 @ 3:00 pm
Schoodic Institute, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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Atlantic puffins are nesting just a short boat cruise from Schoodic Institute.  We are offering a special guided program package…

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Acadia Puffin Cruise and Landscape Photography

August 16 - August 20
Rockefeller Hall, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National park, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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New this summer and fall!  Eco-Photography workshops in and around the Schoodic Peninsula in Downeast Maine.  In collaboration with Schoodic Institute, …

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Winged Migration Bird Tour I

August 16 @ 8:00 am - August 20 @ 5:00 pm
Schoodic Institute, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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This tour will spend two nights at the Schoodic Institute surrounded by the mainland portion of Acadia National Park. From here, day trips will…

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Winged Migration Bird Tour II

August 26 @ 8:00 am - August 30 @ 5:00 pm
Schoodic Institute, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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This tour will spend two nights at the Schoodic Institute surrounded by the mainland portion of Acadia National Park. From here, day trips will…

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September 2019

Birding with Seth Benz and Landscape Photography

September 22 - September 26
Rockefeller Hall, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National park, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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New this summer and fall! Eco-Photography workshops in and around the Schoodic Peninsula in Downeast Maine.  In collaboration with Schoodic Institute, …

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October 2019

CANCELLED Bird behavior, ecological theory, and natural history intersect at Bass Harbor Head in Acadia National Park

October 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Moore Auditorium, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, Acadia Drive
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States

DUE TO WEATHER, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. A reschedule date will be posted as soon as possible. In 1958,…

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Birding Hotspot Thursdays

October 31 @ 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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November 2019

Birding Hotspot Thursdays

November 7 @ 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 14 @ 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 @ 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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