Tours
LOCAL TOURS
ToursPetit Manan Puffins
PUFFIN AND WARBLER OVERNIGHT - May 21-22, May 22-23, May 24-25, 2021
Trip leader: Schoodic Institute's Seth Benz.

Join Seth Benz, Schoodic Institute’s Bird Ecology Program Director, for an in-depth look at the ecology of an active seabird colony, and a boat tour to see Atlantic Puffin. This special guided program includes dinner and evening presentation on day 1. Day 2 features an optional morning bird walk, breakfast, and a 3-hour cruise to see puffins and other birds at Petit Manan Island. This will be followed by a boxed lunch on the institute campus. In addition to circumnavigating the seabird island, the boat tour will visit a seal basking ledge, pass by a Double-crested Cormorant nesting colony and search for an active Bald Eagle nest.
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ToursPuffins
SCHOODIC INSTITUTE’S PUFFIN DAY TRIP AND PICNIC - May 29, June 27, July 3, 2021
Trip leader: Schoodic Institute's Seth Benz.

We are offering 3 special chartered tours to Petit Manan Island to get close up views of Atlantic Puffin, Arctic Tern, and other seabirds. Each cruise is limited to just 16 passengers to allow for some elbow room and premier observing. Thrill to puffins on the water or flying by at eye level so close you could reach out to touch them! This is an opportunity you don’t want to miss. We’ll then cap the experience back at the Ballfield Pavillion on the Schoodic Institute campus with a scrumptious picnic. Come celebrate your connection to nature with us!
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ToursPetit Manan Puffins
ATLANTIC PUFFIN AND LOBSTER OVERNIGHT - June 25-26 and July 9-10, 2021
Trip leader: Schoodic Institute's Seth Benz.

Enjoy a dinner of locally caught lobster followed by an intriguing evening presentation on seabird conservation in Maine, including an identification primer for the next day’s boat tour to Petit Manan Island. We’ll see Atlantic Puffin and other seabirds at close photographic range, and you can try your skills at counting Common Eider and two species of terns. After returning to the mainland, we’ll discuss our experience over a boxed lunch back at the Schoodic Institute campus.
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ToursHumpback Whale
ACADIA'S BIRDS AND WHALES - July 12-15, July 26-29, 2021
Trip leader: Schoodic Institute's Seth Benz.

This 4-day tour is offered to showcase seabirds, pelagic birds, and whales. By design there will be two different boat trips. One to get you within close photo range of the puffins and terns of Petit Manan Island, an active seabird nesting colony. The second, to take you much farther out on the expansive waters of the Gulf of Maine in search of whales and pelagic birds, normally a five hour excursion. We’ll also have ample time to explore a couple of area hotspots in the vicinity of the Schoodic Peninsula to look for some terrestrial specialties such as Spruce Grouse and Upland Sandpiper.
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ToursPetit Manan
ACADIA BIRDS BY LAND AND SEA - June 18-22, August 20-24, 2021
Trip leader: Schoodic Institute's Seth Benz.

These experiences are designed to explore a variety of habitats in the Downeast Acadia Region focusing on terrestrial birding hotspots and near-shore waters of the Gulf of Maine. You will observe and learn about birds and regional ecology at a comfortable pace while helping to contribute to Schoodic Institute’s ongoing scientific studies of birds. Experience the thrill of discovery while being immersed in Acadia National Park’s outstanding beauty and landscape.
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ToursWinged Migration
WINGED MIGRATION BIRD TOUR - August 27-31, 2021
Trip leader: Schoodic Institute's Seth Benz.

NEW ITINERARY. This tour will spend each night in the cozy accommodations at Schoodic Institute surrounded by the mainland portion of Acadia National Park. From here, day trips will venture offshore for pelagic birds and whales, and probe the coastline for a great variety of foraging songbirds. Nearby intertidal areas flood with migrating shorebirds while wood edges are peppered with restless flocks of southbound warblers. Our location is ideal for exploring nearby blueberry barrens and hotspots on the preserved lands of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Frenchmen Bay Conservancy, and the mainland portion of the Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge.
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ToursCooper's Hawk
HAWKS ON THE WING Workshop - September 17-19, October 1-3, 2021
Trip leader: Schoodic Institute's Seth Benz.


Acadia National Park in September is filled with migrating birds. It is the best month to see a great variety of species – hawks, falcons, waterbirds, shorebirds, and songbirds - on the move southward. This workshop dives into the basics of hawk identification. We’ll also look deeper into hawk migration mechanics and timing with a site trip to Cadillac Mountain. It is routine for Schoodic Institute bird ecology staff and citizen scientists to monitor the flights, and this is the perfect opportunity for you to get in on the action. We’ll discuss the latest on Merlin and eBird app use, introduce you to HMANA (Hawk Migration Association of North America), and discuss the institute’s ongoing studies with Acadia National Park in an effort to adapt to rapid environmental change.
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ToursNorthern Gannet
SEABIRDS AT SCHOODIC POINT - Workshop - October 15-17, 2021
Trip leader: Schoodic Institute's Seth Benz.

SEABIRDS AT SCHOODIC POINT (Workshop) In October, the waters off Schoodic Point are filled with migrating waterbirds: loons, sea ducks, and cormorants. A variety of other species may be seen during this workshop, including falcons, jaegers, gulls, shorebirds, and songbirds. 2021 will be the sixth season of daily monitoring of this phenomenal autumn flight. Participants will gain skills and an appreciation for identifying birds in flight and will contribute to this ongoing scientific effort by helping spot birds and documenting the flight. We’ll discuss how to best use the Merlin and eBird apps and discuss how networks of bird observatories and bird tracking studies are contributing to migratory bird conservation.
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NATIONAL TOURS
Wings
Maine and New Hampshire
Bicknell's Thrush to Atlantic Puffin
June 1-10, 11-20, 2021

Trip leader: Luke Seitz.
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Field Guides
Maine in Fall
Seabirds and Coastal Migrants
September 9-18, 2021
Trip leader: Eric Hynes
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National Audubon
Hog Island Programs
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