Birding Tours and Opportunities

Birding Tours

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Schoodic Institute’s Bird Ecology Program also offers birding tours. Tours are multi-day, residential birding-focused experiences.

Mountains to Sea I: FULL • Mountains to Sea II: June 12-16, 2019

Winged Migration I: August 16-20, 2019 • Winged Migration II: August 26-30, 2019

Puffins of Petit Manan: June 20-21; June 29-30 ; July 16-17 ; July 20-21 ; July 30-31; August 3-4

2019 Trip specifics and details can also be found at:    For more information, contact the leaders: Bob Duchesne,, 207-827-3782 or Seth Benz,, 207-288-1350.

Schoodic Institute’s SeaWatch

SeaWatch has monitored the coastal migration of autumn’s southbound birds since 2011, counting thousands of birds between September and Thanksgiving. SeaWatch at Schoodic Point is a citizen science program conducted by staff and volunteers of the Schoodic Institute’s Bird Ecology Program.  Are you an early riser? Head to Acadia National Park – Schoodic Point, Winter Harbor and watch for migratory waterbirds. Drop-in from sunrise until 9:30 AM beginning September and running through November. (exact 2018 dates tbd). Daily barring inclement weather. Bring binoculars. Dress for the weather. No registration required.

Acadia National Park’s Hawk Watch on Cadillac Mountain

Hawk Watch is a collaborative effort between the park’s Interpretive Division and Schoodic Institute’s Bird Ecology Program. Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park is the highest point along the Atlantic coast from the Canadian border to Brazil. Its latitude makes Cadillac Mountain a natural sentinel and exceptional early detection point for observing the northeastern-most headwaters of what becomes a spectacular river of southbound raptors. 2019 dates to be determined.

Frazer Point Early Bird Watch 

Frazer Point Early Bird Watch is the third and newest migration monitoring program being conducted by the Schoodic Institute Bird Ecology Program.  We welcome to join the observation gathering and witness songbird migration, learn identification tips, gain bird conservation knowledge, and find out about a variety of opportunities to participate as a Schoodic Institute citizen scientist. Registration IS required and space is limited. May 14, 15, 21, 23, and 28, 7-10 am. Field trip leader is Seth Benz, Schoodic Institute’s Director of Bird Ecology. Meet at the Frazer Point Picnic Area. Limited to 14 participants. $10 per field trip. Call Michelle Pinkham at 207-288-1356 to reserve your space.


See the latest totals of migratory birds in Acadia National Park, Frazer Point, Winter Harbor, Maine HERE!  eBird was launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society. eBird provides rich data sources for basic information on bird abundance and distribution at a variety of spatial and temporal scales.

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