Bird Ecology Research at the 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.

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.
  • 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.

Bird Tours, Workshops, & Field Trips

Schoodic Institute’s Bird Ecology Program offers a range of birding tours, field trips, workshops, and other events. See all events related to bird ecology.

Interested in more information?

Seth Benz, Bird Ecology Program Director, sbenz@schoodicinstitute.org

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June 2019

Puffins of Petit Manan

June 20 @ 5:00 pm - June 21 @ 3:00 pm
Schoodic Institute, 9 Atturbury 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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Puffins of Petit Manan

June 29 @ 5:00 pm - June 30 @ 3:00 pm
Schoodic Institute, 9 Atturbury 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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July 2019

Puffins of Petit Manan

July 16 @ 5:00 pm - July 17 @ 3:00 pm
Schoodic Institute, 9 Atturbury 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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Puffins of Petit Manan

July 20 @ 8:00 am - July 21 @ 5:00 pm
Schoodic Institute, 9 Atturbury 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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Puffins of Petit Manan

July 30 @ 5:00 pm - July 31 @ 3:00 pm
Schoodic Institute, 9 Atturbury 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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August 2019

Puffins of Petit Manan

August 3 @ 5:00 pm - August 4 @ 3:00 pm
Schoodic Institute, 9 Atturbury 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 Atturbury 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 Atturbury 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 Atturbury 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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