A successful season for the Downeast Phenology Trail

By Libby Orcutt, Senior Field Tech The conclusion of the 2018 season marked the end of the third year for the Downeast Phenology Trail (DPT). The Downeast Phenology Trail was created to help advance scientific research in Acadia National Park and throughout all of Downeast Maine while providing the opportunity to engage volunteer citizen scientists

Forest Ecology Field Techs Get to Work

  Forest ecology field interns have had a busy two weeks since arriving for the summer. Catch up with some of their work, and see a few observations made along the way! Techs stumbled upon a juvenile eastern newt, or red eft as they are aptly named, while completing their plant phenology trail through the

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

Tracking Biodiversity in Acadia’s Coastal Refuge

Camden Public Library hosts “Tracking Biodiversity in Acadia’s Coastal Refuge”, a presentation by Schoodic Institute Bird Ecology Program Director, Seth Benz on Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM. Efforts to track biodiversity along Maine Coast’s Acadia Region go back hundreds of years. From historic records through contemporary projects, citizen scientists have been

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