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,

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July 2021

Acadia’s Birds & Whales II

July 26 @ 4:00 pm - July 29 @ 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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August 2021

Acadia’s Birds by Land & Sea II

August 20 @ 4:00 pm - August 24 @ 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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Winged Migration

August 27 @ 4:00 pm - August 31 @ 2:00 pm

NEW ITINERARY. This tour will spend each night in the cozy accommodations at Schoodic Institute surrounded by the mainland portion…

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September 2021

Hawks on the Wing

September 17 @ 4:00 pm - September 19 @ 11:00 am

Acadia National Park in September is filled with migrating birds. It is the best month to see a great variety…

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October 2021

Hawks on the Wing II

October 1 @ 4:00 pm - October 3 @ 11:00 am

Acadia National Park in September is filled with migrating birds. It is the best month to see a great variety…

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Seabirds at Schoodic Point Workshop

October 15 @ 4:00 pm - October 17 @ 11:00 am

In October, the waters off Schoodic Point are filled with migrating waterbirds: loons, sea ducks, and cormorants. A variety of…

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