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President's Message

Hello friends,

Fall continues to speed by - with migrations frequently visible here at Schoodic Point, many of our research projects are focused on migration.  This week, our bird banding team has had a flurry of activity, with large numbers of songbirds dropping in after their overnight flights south.  They banded 93 birds in one morning, and over 700 for the season so far.  Meanwhile staff and volunteers for Seawatch and Hawkwatch are tallying migrants over the ocean and Cadillac Mountain.  

We enjoy witnessing these natural phenomena - but this time of year, some of our human friends also depart for the season, and we're sorry to see you go.  For some of us, fall and winter are favorite seasons here in Maine, and I hope we'll see many of you here at Schoodic for programs throughout the year.  

If you're in the area now, don't miss two great evening presentations by Rick Bonney on October 4 and Bill Schlesinger on October 5.  Each is a keynote following a full day of activity; the Convergence Conference on the 4th and the Acadia National Park Science Symposium on the 5th.  

Earlier this month, I was honored to join David Shaw in presenting Second Century Stewardship at the World Conservation Congress hosted by the IUCN.  Today, I'm particularly pleased to announce we're seeking proposals for research fellowships through Second Century Stewardship.  Read below for more exciting news - including our hire of Dr. Erika Rowland as our first Director of Programs,


Latest News

September, 2016

 Schoodic Institute hires first
Director of Programs

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park is pleased to announce the creation of a new leadership position and the hiring of Dr. Erika Rowland as the Institute’s first Director of Programs.  She will lead the Institute’s programs team to advance ecosystem science and learning for all ages in partnership with Acadia National Park.

Rowland is a climate change ecologist and conservation scientist, who most recently served in the North America Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Read more here.

Research funding opportunity in Acadia!

We are pleased to announce the availability of Research Fellowships to support research in Acadia National Park. Second Century Stewardship: Science for America’s National Parks—a collaboration among the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, and the National Park Service (NPS)—seeks to advance conservation and ecosystem science and support stewardship of park resources. The selected Research Fellows will contribute to strengthening and broadening public understanding of the importance of parks for science and science for parks and society.

The Request for Proposals is available now.  There will be an informational webinar for potential applicants on October 14.  


 Acadia Science Symposium and DEREN Convergence Keynote Lectures

The public is invited to attend two important keynote addresses in early October. On Tuesday, October 4, 2016, following the DEREN Convergence conference, Rick Bonney, Director of Program Development and Evaluation at Cornell Lab of Ornithology, presents a lecture entitled “Making it Count: How Citizen Science Can Catalyze Civic Engagement”. 

Dr. William H. Schlesinger will present the keynote speech at the 2016 Acadia Science Symposium on Wednesday, October 5, 2016. Schlesinger's speech, “Let’s get realistic about sustainability” is featured in the Acadia Centennial Lecture Series.

Both speeches begin at 7:00 p.m. in Moore Auditorium on the Schoodic Institute campus and are free and open to the public.

Thank You Business Supporters

With appreciation, Schoodic Institute welcomes 
Analemma Press as our newest 2016 business sponsor, and Colleen Miniuk-Sperry Photography as our newest 2016 business supporter. Schoodic Institute is extremely grateful to these businesses for their support! Please learn more about our business membership program HERE.

Artist-in-Residence Applications Now Open

The Artist-in-Residence Program at Acadia National Park offers professional writers, composers, and all visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their particular art form while surrounded by the inspiring landscape of the park. In the spring and fall, the park provides housing to participants for two-week to four-week periods. Apply HERE before February 10, 2017.
Free Events
Cadillac Mountain HawkWatch: Daily through October 10, 2016, 9 AM - 2 PM
Schoodic Point SeaWatch: Daily through November 16, 2016, 6:30 - 9:30 AM and Weds. - Sun. 3:30 - 5:30 PM.
October 4, 2016: DEREN Convergence Keynote, Rick Bonney. 7:00 PM Moore Auditorium
October 5, 2916: ANP 2016 Science Symposium Keynote, William Schlesinger. 7:00 PM Moore Auditorium
October 20, 2016: Brown Bag Lunch Series - Bats in Maine with Biologist Bruce Connery. Noon - 1:00 PM
October 29, 2016: Eek of Ecology! 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Register now  
October 4 - 9, 2016:  Venture Outside Holistic Retreat - "Nature and Yoga" 
October 22, 2016: Seeing the Trees for the Forest. 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

More Events at; check often for new events! Connect with us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @SchoodicInst!

Media attention to Schoodic

Douglas Wood Photography: Acadia 100th Anniversary Images.

Bird Migration and Climate Change. September 1, 2016.

Schoodic Institute Bird Banding

While the Yellow-billed Cuckoo breeds in Maine, it is especially secretive and often difficult to find.

This species was recently captured and banded 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.

SeaWatch and HawkWatch
Migration Monitoring Underway in Acadia

Visitors are welcome to join Schoodic Institute’s SeaWatch migration monitoring effort in Acadia National Park at Schoodic Point in Winter Harbor. SeaWatch monitoring runs through mid-November.
Opportunities also exist at the Cadillac Mountain HawkWatch site on Mount Desert Island, where guests can take part in counting migratory hawks and raptors. HawkWatch monitoring concludes October 10, 2016.

Eeek of Ecology scheduled for October 29, 2016

Meet the Eeek!-y creatures and ghouls of National Park sites across the US, at Schoodic Institute in Acadia National Park! You’ll find bats, spiders, creepy crawlies, art, games, and more to entertain and educate!

A costume contest will be held for children 12 and under. Prizes for the best National Park–themed costume will be awarded. All activities will be hosted by Acadia National Park rangers and Schoodic Institute staff. Join the fun Saturday, October 29, 2016! This free event runs from 1:00 - 4:00 PM on the Institute campus.

Workshop: Seeing the Trees for the Forest

This full-day workshop on October 22, 2016, led by Richard Jagels, University of Maine School of Forest Resources,
explores 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. Register
HERE  by October 10, 2016 for this workshop.

October Brown Bag Lunch 

Bring your lunch on October 20, 2016, when Bruce Connery, Acadia National Park biologist, discusses the bats of Mount Desert Island and surrounding ares, and the conservations efforts currently underway .
Brown bag talks are free, and held at noon on the third Thursday of each month. 

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