Bird Ecology

Citizen Science Day

Citizen Science Day is a national event to highlight incredible discoveries made by volunteers of all ages, and provide opportunities to participate in science while advancing research and monitoring of Acadia’s plants and animals. There are several opportunities right here in Maine. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife launched the Maine Bird Atlas

Fifty years of counting birds on New Year’s Day

By Catherine Schmitt, Science Communication Specialist Two-thousand nineteen dawned gray and windy, after an overnight storm of snow, sleet and rain. At nine a.m. it was raining and 39 degrees at Schoodic Point. Northeast winds piled crashing pale-green waves against the rocks, throwing mist and spindrift into the air. In places the shore was covered

Guest Blog: Migration Watch from Schoodic Point

  Guest Blog by Earl Johnson Now I’ve never been exactly what you’d call a morning person, but five days a week, I crawl out of my bed (or camper or sleeping bag as is sometimes the case), and find my way to Schoodic Point half an hour before the sun comes up.  Technically I

Hawk Watch Season Begins in Acadia

  Birds are on the move across the continent. Shorebirds, songbirds, waders, most are migrating from northerly breeding grounds toward life-sustaining food resources where birds will spend winter some distances to the south.  Birds of prey are also on the move as evidenced by today’s tally atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. This is

Schoodic Point Christmas Bird Count 2018

The 118th annual Christmas Bird Count period, a worldwide citizen science program orchestrated by Audubon over 100 years ago, is complete. January 1, 2018 marked the date of the Schoodic Point Christmas Bird Count which has occurred every year since 1969. Despite sub-zero temperatures at dawn and the bone-penetrating windchill throughout the day, 20 participants