Help support migrating birds and our fledgling scientists as they each take flight on their epic journeys! Donations to this campaign directly support four months of daily bird migration monitoring by an early-career scientist who will join the next generation of conservation champions. Transformative experiences at Schoodic Institute are an important stop on their conservation journeys. Your support will help advance our understanding of the status and trends of Acadia’s bird populations.
Each autumn our bird migration research literally takes flight. Bird monitors, along with interns, staff, and volunteer citizen scientists, make thousands of bird observations. We count birds of prey from the top of Cadillac Mountain, and have noted declines in American kestrel and other raptors. Flocks of shorebirds are tracked at Pinkham Bay. Songbird variety is documented at Frazer Point. Seabirds – loons, sea ducks, gannets, cormorants, and more – are carefully identified and enumerated while migrating past Schoodic Point.
Although we are documenting and examining many adverse effects of rapid environmental changes, we find hope for the future because of the dedicated work of Schoodic Institute bird monitors who focus on understanding change and creating solutions for birds, parks, and people.
Thank you for supporting the next generation of bird conservation science!
Wonders on the Wing premiums:
Donations of $20 and over: Birder Basics. Receive your own “Bird Schoodic” decal
$100: Feathered Friends. Access for two people to join a morning birding group on the Schoodic peninsula led by Bird Ecology Director Seth Benz. (Dates TBD)
$250: Tailor-made Trail. Customization of a personal birding morning for two to four people on mutually agreed upon date in Acadia National Park with Bird Ecology Director Seth Benz. (Dates TBD)
$500: Puffin Paradise. Participation for a lucky birder to join in a regularly scheduled 2020 Schoodic Institute puffin tour, which includes lobster dinner, evening presentation, next day boat trip, breakfast, lunch, and -bonus- a Schoodic Institute baseball cap! (Please note: overnight accommodations on the Schoodic Institute campus are available separately if desired, as are additional places on the Puffin tour for a spouse or friends.)
$1000: Beds, Birds and Brunch. Experience three ultimate Schoodic pleasures: enjoy overnight accommodations for two to four people in a historic Rockefeller Hall suite, a customized early morning bird walk with Bird Ecology Director Seth Benz, and delicious mid-morning breakfast after the walk. (Dates TBD)