PhToM: Phenology Trackers of Maine and the Downeast Phenology Trail

  Phenology is the study of plant and animal life cycle events; including flowering and fruiting of plants, emergence of insects, and migrations of birds. It is nature’s calendar. In the northeast, millions of songbirds migrate south every fall along the coastline. As they travel the long distances needed to reach their southern destinations they

Guest Blog: Documenting and Identifying – It’s What I Do!

Kyle Lima is Schoodic Institute’s 2017 Biodiversity Technician working specifically with the Bird Ecology Program. He is conducting censuses of breeding land birds as well as pelagic seabird surveys, and is helping other technicians with work on plant and insect phenology. Kyle is a wildlife ecology student at the University of Maine in Orono. My position

Local Land Stewards Participate in Phenology Training

Phenology is nature’s calendar – when birds migrate, or leaves change color. It is an important piece of knowledge for any land steward. On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, land stewards from Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Fields Pond Audubon Center, Island Heritage Trust, Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge, and Downeast Lakes Land Trust took part in phenology training at Schoodic Institute. The

October Science Symposium Shares Park Research

The 2016 Acadia National Park Science Symposium was held at Schoodic Institute on Wednesday, October 5, 2016. This year’s symposium was attended by over 100 researchers, students, and park staff, and offered opportunities to discuss science and the latest research taking place in and beyond park boundaries.  The symposium featured five invited speakers and 45 posters

Acadia’s Biodiversity Studied During BioBlitz

The 2016 Acadia National Park BioBlitz [July 23 – 24] concluded this past weekend at Schoodic Institute. Approximately 60 volunteers participated in the collection and identification of Lepidoptera: butterflies and moths, to assist ANP managers to better understand the park’s often overlooked biodiversity. The 24 hour blitz was hosted by Schoodic Institute and Acadia National