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ToursSpring in Acadia
SPRING BIRDS IN ACADIA, WITH PUFFIN CRUISE - MAY 24 - MAY 27, 2022 (FULL!)
Trip leader: Schoodic Institute's Seth Benz and Holly Merker, author of “Ornitherapy” .

Schoodic Institute’s Seth Benz and Holly Merker, author of “Ornitherapy” will lead this four-day bird tour designed to enhance your enjoyment and knowledge of all birds, especially those that frequent or pass through Acadia National Park and its immediate surroundings. Be among the first to see and hear colorful wood warblers returning to Maine’s Acadia National Park, and enjoy a 3-hour boat trip to Petit Manan Island for Atlantic Puffins. We’ll visit area hotspots at a leisurely pace while learning about bird song and sight identification, bird habitats and behavior, and we’ll pay extra attention to enhancing your field birding skills and enjoyment of nature. The entire tour will be based out of Schoodic Institute, a research and learning center, ideally situated just a stone’s throw from Schoodic Point, a migration checkpoint that tallies tens of thousands of passing birds annually. Lodging is in cozy cabins where you will be awakened by songs of Hermit Thrush, Winter Wren, and Magnolia Warbler. Blue-headed vireos and Northern Parula warblers serenade you as you walk to Schooner Commons, the Institute’s dining hall. Maine has a way of spoiling birders – and this spring tour is designed to do just that!
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ToursAcadia's Birds
ACADIA'S BIRDS BY LAND & SEA I - JUNE 21 - 25, 2022

Explore a variety of habitats in the Downeast Acadia Region, focusing on terrestrial birding hotspots and nearshore waters of the Gulf of Maine. Observe and learn about birds and regional ecology at a comfortable pace while contributing 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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ToursAcadia's Birds
ACADIA'S BIRDS AND WHALES - JULY 20 - 24, 2022

This five-day tour is offered to showcase seabirds, pelagic birds, and whales. By design there will be two different boat trips. One gets within close photo range of the puffins and terns of Petit Manan Island, an active seabird-nesting colony. The second goes 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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ToursAcadia's Birds
ACADIA'S BIRDS BY LAND & SEA II - AUGUST 20-24, 2022

Explore a variety of habitats in the Downeast Acadia Region, focusing on terrestrial birding hotspots and nearshore waters of the Gulf of Maine. Observe and learn about birds and regional ecology at a comfortable pace while contributing 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 - AUGUST 27-31, 2022

This tour begins in Bangor, Maine at 8:00 AM. We’ll spend two nights at Schoodic Institute in Acadia National Park and two nights at Eastland Motel in Lubec, Maine’s easternmost town. From each lodge, day trips will investigate nearby intertidal areas flooded with migrating shorebirds and wood edges peppered with restless flocks of southbound warblers. We’ll also venture offshore for pelagic birds and whales into Head Harbor Passage, a deep-water channel between Canada and the United States. The Downeast region is ideal for exploring the quieter reaches of Acadia National Park, spruce-bordered rocky headlands, nearby blueberry barrens, and diverse hotspots on the preserved lands of coastal Washington County.
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ToursAudubon
AUDUBON'S MIGRATION & MONHEGAN - SEPTEMBER 4 - 9, 2022

This special, small-group session is devoted to fall migration, and will include one or two day trips to the iconic Monhegan Island. The rest of the week will be spent traveling to the best migrant hotspots based on the weather, tides, and bird migration patterns.
This camp is devoted to the wonders of autumn migratory season. This intensive week of birding will take participants from tidal marshes and beaches to hawk watches, spruce forests, and the outer islands and waters of Muscongus Bay, depending on where the birding is hottest. The highlight will be day trips to Monhegan Island, one of the best "migrant traps" in the Northeast -- a place justly famous for its birding and dramatic rocky coastline, which has inspired artists for more than a century. Learn about how and why birds migrate and the conservation challenges facing them. (The session's name is taken from director Scott Weidensaul's Pulitzer Prize-finalist book, "Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds.")
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ToursMonhegan
MAINE IN FALL Seabirds & Coastal Migrants - September 8 - 17, 2022

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. 2022 will be the seventh 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 to spot birds and document 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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ToursHarlequins
DOWNEAST MAINE BIRDING HOT SPOTS - SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 4, 2022

This tour begins in Bangor, Maine at 8:00 AM. We’ll spend two nights at Schoodic Institute in Acadia National Park and two nights at Eastland Motel in Lubec, Maine’s easternmost town. From each lodge, day trips will investigate near intertidal areas flooded with migrating shorebirds and wood edges peppered with restless flocks of southbound warblers. We’ll also take a boat tour into Head Harbor Passage, a deep-water channel between Canada and the United States, where Bonaparte’s gulls forage by the thousands, joined by Black-legged Kittiwakes. Rarities such as Black-headed, Sabine’s and Little gull have been spotted here as well. The Downeast region is ideal for exploring the quieter reaches of Acadia National Park, spruce-bordered rocky headlands, nearby blueberry barrens, and diverse hotspots on the preserved lands of coastal Washington County.
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ToursCormorants
SEABIRDS AT SCHOODIC POINT - OCTOBER 14 - 17, 2022

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. 2022 will be the seventh 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 to spot birds and document 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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ToursSpring in Acadia
SABREWING NATURE TOUR: BOREAL BREEDERS TO SEABIRD SPECIALTIES - Coming: 2023
Trip leader: Rob Ripma, Sabrewing, and Seth Benz, Schoodic Institute .

Birding in the beautiful state of Maine offers an opportunity to explore habitats ranging from the boreal forests to the rocky coastlines. The easy access to both allows for quite an impressive diversity of species and specialties. The boreal forest is home to many warbler species as well as boreal specialties such as Boreal Chickadee, Spruce Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, Canada Jay, and more. The rocky coastline and near offshore waters are great for target species including Atlantic Puffin, Razorbill, Great Cormorant, Arctic and Roseate Terns, and even pelagic shearwaters and storm-petrels. From gorgeous scenery to a wide array of great birds, Maine is a must-see birding location! Our extension will bring us to Mt. Washington where we will be looking for the Bicknell’s Thrush which has a very restricted breeding range. We’ll also spend a day birding along the beautiful Maine coast near Portland.
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