Tag Archives: science in parks

Winter Waterfowl Tour Along the Schoodic Auto-Loop

Each winter near shore wintering waterfowl can easily be spotted from the auto pull-off points. Common Loon, Guillemot, Black Duck, Eiders, Cormorants are expected sightings. We will search for Dovekie, Murre, Razorbill and more. There’s always a chance of predatory birds such as Snowy Owl and Bald Eagle. Forest bird sightings are also possible. Limited […]

Hawk Watch (Hawk Migration) atop Cadillac Mountain

Everyday, weather permitting, from 9am to 2pm, until Oct. 8 th . Join Schoodic Institute volunteer counters and Acadia National Park Interpretive Rangers to learn about and see birds of prey migrating along the coast of Maine. The lookout is located 200 yards down the North Ridge Trail from the Cadillac Mountain parking lot. Drop […]

Read the Night Sky

Thank you – This event is NOW FULL 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 […]

Hawk Watch Season Begins in Acadia

  Birds are on the move across the continent. Shorebirds, songbirds, waders, most are migrating from northerly breeding grounds toward life-sustaining food resources where birds will spend winter some distances to the south.  Birds of prey are also on the move as evidenced by today’s tally atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. This is […]

Eighty Citizen Scientists Trained this Summer

  Over the course of two months we have trained over 80 citizen scientists from around the world on how to use Nature’s Notebook, iNaturalist, and eBird– three free fun and easy citizen science tools that anyone can use. We have citizen scientists helping us and our partners collect data on our Downeast Phenology Trail. […]

Low-Bush Blueberries in a Changing Climate

Schoodic Institute invites the public to a public presentation, Thursday, August 16, 2018 in Wright Hall Room 110 on the Institute campus. With climate change already affecting the state of Maine, it is important to understand how local agricultural products are responding to warming conditions. This summer utilizing an inexpensive passive-warming technique, Schoodic Institute and […]

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 […]