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Spring Arrivals & Departures Project
Do you live, work, play, or vacation on Mount Desert Island? Be a citizen scientist: help us track the arrival of spring migratory birds and the departure of our winter visitants. Download the Spring Arrivals & Departures Project worksheet and begin contributing to our understanding of the birdlife of Mount Desert Island. Please feel free to contact The Natural History Center for more information.

Fall Departures & Arrivals Project
As a counterpoint to our Spring Arrivals & Departures Project, we are also interested in the fall and early winter movement of birds through Mount Desert Island and surrounding environs. Please help us track the departure of Neotropical and other migratory birds, as well as the arrival of our winter visitants. Download the Fall Departures & Arrivals Project worksheet and begin contributing to our understanding of the birdlife of Mount Desert Island. Please feel free to contact The Natural History Center for more information.

MDI Breeding Bird Atlas
Over the next five years, The Natural History Center, working in conjunction with partners at Acadia National Park and the Maine Natural History Observatory, will be conducting a study of the breeding birds of Mount Desert Island. The goal of this project is to document the status and distribution of our breeding birds. You can help by sending us reports of any bird nesting activity you come across. Specifically, we need to know 1) the date, 2) species, 3) precise location of the nest, 3) a brief description of the nesting activity. For more information, or to report your observations, please contact The Natural History Center.

Sightings
Report your sightings! Ornithologists and wildlife biologists cannot be everywhere, so we rely on the eyes and ears of citizen scientists―everyday people who care about the natural world―to share their observations to contribute to our overall knowledge of the ecology of our flora and fauna. Locally, your sightings contribute to such projects as future revisions of The Birds of Mount Desert Island and are published in such outlets as The Guillemot, eBird, the ‘Nature Notes’ column in The Bar Harbor Times, and, of course, this Web site. For more information, navigate to our sightings page.

Learning Vacations
Sharing the wonders of the natural world is what we do best. We are excited about offering immersion vacations were every moment offers a new discovery and deeper appreciation of the natural world. Specifically, we will be offering opportunities for people to get involved in field research―whether banding birds from the offshore lighthouse on Mount Desert Rock, counting shorebirds in Downeast Maine, or participating in field research projects from New York State’s Adirondack Park to Newfoundland. Perhaps most importantly, you will be contributing to the overall understanding of bird populations and avian ecology of the destinations we visit. Look for our first Learning Vacations to be tentatively scheduled for spring 2013.

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