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Schoodic Institute announces 2020 bird tours

WINTER HARBOR – Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park announces a full schedule of bird tours and workshops for the 2020 season, beginning in June with visits to see the puffin colony at nearby Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge. Puffins of Petit Manan is a short tour while Acadia Birds by Land & Sea, offered in partnership with the Maine Birding Trail, adds exploration of additional habitats at the edge of the Gulf of Maine.

The late summer migration of song birds, shore birds, and sea birds are the focus of Winged Migration tours, also in partnership with the Maine Birding Trail.

The Fall Migration Workshop explores hawk identification and migration timing in detail, in parallel with the annual Cadillac Mountain Hawk Watch.

In October, the waters of Schoodic Point are filled with migrating waterbirds: loons, sea ducks, and cormorants. A variety of other species may be seen during the Sea Watch Workshop, including falcons, jaegers, gulls, shorebirds, and songbirds. This year marks the fifth season of daily monitoring of this phenomenal autumn flight, and workshop participants will contribute to this scientific effort by helping spot birds and documenting the flight.

Led by Bird Ecology Program Director Seth Benz, Schoodic Institute bird tours provide participants with the opportunity to contribute to long-term research projects on the region’s birds. Tours and workshops include lodging and meals at the Schoodic Institute campus in Acadia National Park.

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