The Acadia Winter Festival was a great experience at Schoodic - and is still underway on MDI. We have been pleased to welcome a great mix of year-round residents, seasonal residents (who came back to the area for the festival), and new visitors.
They enjoyed it as much as we did: here's some feedback from a participant that was new to Schoodic Institute:
"The Institute represents what we feel is some of the best thinking to make use of Acadia’s natural and unique qualities. To us, the Institute is a wonderful place for the casual visitor to gain a better understanding of nature and its value to all of us. And, we learned that the Institute provides opportunities for valuable research. Awesome!
During the Winter Festival we attended sessions with several of your staff and were very favorably impressed with their knowledge and the ability to transmit that knowledge to us who are not scientists or skilled outdoors people.
We will be watching for upcoming activities and look forward to being with you again."
The weather was warm and comfortable, with no snow on the ground. Maine experienced one of its warmest winters on record. This, of course, is not all good news.
As one clear example of the potential for new challenges in a changing environment: our snowshoe hares are conspicuous in their seasonal white fur in a snow-free forest, and likely more vulnerable to predation as a result. Here at the Institute, we are partnering in, and encouraging, research on how changing environmental conditions are affecting the natural resources of Acadia and the region.
Thank you for your help!