Are you an early riser? Do you enjoy birdwatching? Head to Acadia National Park at Schoodic Point and watch for migratory waterbirds. Drop-in from sunrise until 9:30 AM, beginning September 16, through November 17, 2017 – daily barring inclement weather. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Free. No registration required. Go to: www.schoodicinstitute.org for more Fall events!
Schoodic Institute invites the public to a presentation on October 24, 2017 by Dwayne Shaw, Director of the Downeast Salmon Federation. Keystone species such as river herring, sea-run smelt and tomcod are critical components of the diets of many birds and other wildlife at various times of year. Restoration of these fish and the rivers where they spawn present a tremendous opportunity to rebuild multiple ecosystems and avian communities. Shaw will discuss various ways that birders can become involved in ecosystem restoration. Dwayne Shaw has led the development of the Federation’s fisheries and land conservation programs since 1989, beginning with the removal of the Pleasant River dam and the renovation of the facility as a hatchery and fisheries research center in Columbia Falls. The free program begins at 7:00 PM in Moore Auditorium on the Schoodic Institute campus in Winter Harbor.
Eeek of Ecology Halloween Festival – October 28 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Please join Schoodic Institute and Acadia National Park partners for the fifth annual Eeek of Ecology Festival on the Schoodic Institute campus, Saturday, October 28, 2017. This free family program runs from 1:00 – 4:30 PM. No registration required. For children ages 12 and under, accompanied by an adult. This year, we will offer children the opportunity to Trick or Treat amongst 20+ science and history stations related to a diverse array of animals, plants, and geologic features found in Acadia. Visit the Schoodic Institute campus in Acadia National Park in Winter Harbor to learn about the fabulous Eeek-ology of our forests, streams, and shore, Environmental Education Style! Haunt our history stations and creepy craft corner! Prizes, fun, and educational! Call: 207-288-1310 for more information!
The fifth annual autumn trail race will be held Nov 5th at Sumner Memorial High School. The event will feature a 4 mile race starting at 11:00 am, mostly on single track, that starts and finishes at the school as well as an 8 mile course, starting at 10:15, which traverses the new Schoodic Connector Trail and will also start and finish at the high school.
A chili lunch is provided afterwards during the awards ceremony. There are prizes for first and second place male and females throughout the age categories, including children and first and second male and female overall.
There is a family rate – sign up two adults and your children run free. Due to the nature of this event and for the safety of other runners, please leave your dogs at home. This is the second race of the Downeast Double Trouble Trail Race Challenge that we host with Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust with bragging rights available for the overall best male and female runners of both races.
Register at: https://www.runreg.com/double-trouble-trail-race-challenge. Race day registration starts at 9:00.
Schoodic Institute invites the public to join us Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Jennifer Seavey, Kingsbury Director of the Shoals Marine Laboratory will discuss the management and research at the Gulf of Maine’s largest tern colony and it’s implications for healthy fisheries. In 1997, a group of agencies, conservationists and ornithologists worked cooperatively to begin restoration of an historic tern colony to the Isles of Shoals. Three tern species historically inhabited islands in the Shoals; however, changes in human populations and increases in gull populations ultimately led to the decline of terns up and down the Atlantic coast. The goals of the SML Tern Restoration Project are to protect, manage and enhance the breeding population of Common (state endangered), Roseate (state and federally endangered), and Arctic Terns (state threatened) on White and Seavey Islands in New Hampshire. There are even implications from the this seabird project for supporting the lobster industry. Come hear how we are contributing to the recovery effort through a variety of research projects. This program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Please follow signs on the Institute campus to Moore Auditorium.