Tag Archives: science in parks

The fall season at Acadia: when birds, fruit, and insects join together in a splendor of biodiversity

The fall season is a busy one on the coast of Maine. Birds are migrating through on their way south to warmer climes, many shrubs are producing fruit so that their seed is dispersed prior to winter, and insect populations have their last opportunities to be active before it gets too cold. Precisely when these […]

Read the Night Sky

Do you want to learn how to “read the night sky”? Join us at Schoodic Institute in Winter Harbor for a night of sky exploration! Retired science teacher, former park ranger and night sky enthusiast, Linda Penkalski will teach you how to read a sky chart and about the many resources available to continue your […]

The Acadia Bug Project

Citizen scientists conducting real scientific research in Acadia National Park We need your help with scientific research about the bugs that live in Acadia! We want to learn how the number and types of insects in Acadia changes over the summer. We need to know this to understand the role different insects play as food […]

Genetics and Ecology of Diseases in Wild Birds

On Saturday, June 23, 2018, Dr. Donald Dearborn of Bates College will present on Genetics and Ecology of Diseases in Wild Birds.   Bringing in some of his own research on the genetics of the avian immune system from Kent Island, he’ll discuss diseases that bird banders frequently encounter, such as pox, and Mycoplasmal conjunctivitis. It promises to be […]

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 […]

Conservation of Native Bees in Maine

Schoodic Institute is pleased to offer this 4-part program to the public Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Dr. Alison Dibble, University of Maine has been studying native bees, off and on, for more than 25 years. She studies bees in Maine, Hawaii, and wherever she goes, including eastern Cuba. With colleagues, she recently published a new Maine […]

Schoodic Institute Offers Two-day Citizen Science Workshops

  Schoodic Institute is offering free two-day practical, hands-on workshops featuring dynamic instruction, real-world case studies, project framing, giving and getting feedback—all for designing or refining your citizen science project(s). Learn from experts and each other as you apply principles of good citizen science design to a project you bring to the workshop (if you […]

Field Birding Trips – May 2018

Meet at and explore Frazer Point to witness the return of songbirds and warblers. There may be nothing quite as colorful and engaging when it comes to bird migration as these special weeks in May. Learn identification tips, discuss conservation issues, and have fun in pursuit of as many species as we can find. Join […]

Guest Blog: A Climate Scientist Reflects

  By Anne Kozak. Anne is a Professor at the College of the Atlantic’s Writing Center, and member of Schoodic Institute’s Advisory Council.   At a recent gathering of Schoodic Institute’s board and members of its advisory council, climate scientist Paul Mayewski discussed how awareness of climate change has progressed, how it could affect Maine’s […]

In the weeds: thoughts on Ascophyllum nodosum

By Hannah Webber, Schoodic Institute Research and Education Projects Manager Back in late August, I had the opportunity to observe seabird behavior with a group of incoming freshman from UMaine. We watched birds—eiders, mostly—bobbing up, and down, and up, and down, eyes glued to binoculars… and I quickly became seasick. Thankfully, another company of birds […]