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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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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, …Find out more »
This tour will spend two nights at the Schoodic Institute surrounded by the mainland portion of Acadia National Park. From here, day trips will…Find out more »