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President's Message

Hello friends,

Despite studying seasonal phenomena in the natural world here at Schoodic Institute, we're not immune to feeling like the seasons rush by too fast!  Sometimes it's hard to believe that we're already seeing migrating shorebirds, seabirds, and raptors.  This morning a monarch fluttered past my office window - perhaps an early migrant moving south (At times, there can be a steady stream of monarchs moving south past Schoodic Point).  

I hope that you find opportunity to enjoy - and observe - the continual changing of the seasons as well.  We encourage you to indulge your natural curiosity, watch carefully, and share your observations to contribute to science.  

You can do so on your own, or with friends, anywhere, using convenient apps like iNaturalist (which engages others in helping you identify your observations) or eBird.  We'd also welcome your participation in any of our citizen science projects - hike up Cadillac and spend some time at HawkWatch, or come out to Schoodic Point to join SeaWatch.  Details are always at  

Read on for more updates and opportunities to get involved - including a great chance to learn about tick-borne diseases and other environmental health risks on Sept. 12


Latest News

August, 2016

Schoodic Institute Announces
New Board Members

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park recently elected two members to its Board of Directors; Kenneth Cline of Bar Harbor, and J. Cody Harper van Heerden of Northeast Harbor.

"I'm extremely pleased to welcome Cody van Heerden and Ken Cline to the Schoodic Institute Board of Directors,” said Schoodic Institute President and CEO Mark Berry. “They each bring great talents and relevant experience that will make them assets as Schoodic Institute focuses on its mission to advance ecosystem science and learning for all ages - and they are each delightful to work with." 
Read more about Cline and Van Heerden HERE.

Registration Open for ANP Symposium and DEREN Convergence Conference

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park will host the Down East Research and Education Network (DEREN) Convergence Conference and the Acadia National Park Service Symposium on October 4 & 5, 2016. 

The focus of this year's DEREN Convergence will be “History and Potential of Landscape Conservation in the Downeast Region. The 2016 ANP Symposium will highlight the past, and visions of the future of science in Acadia and other national parks. Researchers, educators, and natural resource managers will have the opportunity to learn about the latest research underway in and near Acadia. For more information or to register, click HERE.


Seeing the Forest and The Trees

The forests of Acadia contain a diversity of tree species that are habitat for an assortment of wildlife and birds. On Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Nick Fisichelli, Schoodic Institute Forest Ecology Director, presented an interesting and informative lecture about the trees found in Acadia, how these woods have changed over time and what the future has in store for this tremendous resource. If you missed Fisichelli's talk, you can watch it in it's entirety by clicking on the video above.

Mark your calendar and click HERE for an important workshop led by Richard Jagels, University of Maine, on Saturday, October 22, 2016,
from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
In this workshop, participants will explore how trees evolved over time and how they developed 
physiological and bio-mechanical adaptations to fill so many ecological and climatic niches. When wildlife sightings may be scarce, knowing how to 'read' the trees can greatly increase our enjoyment in the woods, or even our backyards.

Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds - LIVE in Acadia
Special Guest: Schoodic Institute's Seth Benz

On Sunday, August 21, talk show host Ray Brown and crew were broadcasting the popular 30-minute weekly radio show, Talkin' Birds, on location at Schoodic Woods Ranger Station in honor of Acadia National Park's Centennial. Schoodic Institute Bird Ecology Program Director contributed Institute program highlights and insight into birding in Acadia.

Talkin' Birds airs on 16 radio stations in New England, New York, and Maryland. Through live streaming and podcasts, Talkin' Birds has heard from listeners in every state, 7 Canadian provinces, and 13 other countries. If you missed it LIVE, click HERE. 
Free Events
September 12: Safe Encounters with the Out of Doors: Sept. 12, 3:30 - 5 p.m.  Moore Auditorium, Institute campus.
September 15: Brown Bag Lunch Series - Author Allen Workman discusses "Schoodic Point: History on the Edge of Acadia National Park.
Register now  
September 23 OR 24:  Capture the Night Workshop - with photographer Brent Ander. 
September 23 - 25:
Schoodic Holistic Outdoor Retreat - Venture Outside

More Events at; check often for new events!
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Media attention to Schoodic

A Natural Laboratory to Observe Environmental Change. August 26, 2016.

This is What The Future of National Parks Looks Like in The Face of Climate Change. August 25, 2016.

Ecologists Work To Restore Species, Lands Altered By Climate Change. August 24, 2016.

3 Day Nature Intinerary: The Best of Downeast Maine. August 22, 2016.

Ray Brown’s Talkin’ Birds #588. LIVE from Acadia National Park. August 21, 2016.

Scaling Climate Adaptation in the Northern Great Plains. August 16, 2016. NPS Newsletter pg. 2. Q2-2016

The Beauty Behind the Scenery. August 11, 2016.

Second Century Stewardship Project to Help Guide Park Conservation. August 10, 2016.

WERU Coastal Conversations in Acadia. “Second Century”. August 8, 2016.

Schoodic Institute Field Technician Libby Orcutt and park service volunteer collect ant specimens in Acadia National Park as part of a research project by Orcutt.

Schoodic Institute Bird Banding

Bird banding is underway on the Schoodic Peninsula. Researchers are studying various aspects of fall migration, including migratory “fitness” of songbirds, fruit and insect resources, and associated plant phenology.
This Magnolia Warbler was one of the first birds captured this morning. The birds are measured according to scientific protocol and released after receiving an official, identifying bird band. Read more

AP Summer Institute Concludes for 2016

Attendees from as far away as Korea, and as near as New England took part in this summer's AP Institute. 43 participants in all attended courses ranging from AP Calculus and Environmental Science to AP US History and Biology. The advanced environmental science and biology institutes take advantage of the National Park’s unique resources and the variety of rocky intertidal environments around the campus.

September Brown Bag Lunch 

Bring your lunch on September 15, 2016, as author, Allen Workman discusses his book, "Schoodic Point: History on the Edge of Acadia National Park." Workman charts a course through Schoodic Point's evolution, ecology, challenges and preservation.
Brown bag talks are free, at noon on the third Thursday of each month. 


With your generous support during the month of August, Schoodic Institute received a total of $606.00  through the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program. The Institute received a $1 donation from each purchase of the blue Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag at the Hannaford store located at 86 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, Maine. 

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