Natural history on the Maine coast

If you are already starting to think about summer travel… and why not?…. you might like to visit New England, and while you’re here, you might like to spend a few days at the Humboldt Field Research Institute at Eagle Hill on the coast of Maine, soaking up some natural history education.

You can study fish or waterfowl, learn to identify 50 different varieties of sphagnum moss (!), observe dragonflies in their natural habitat, get an intro to landscape restoration, or practice field ecology study methods. Many of the courses are meant for undergraduates or dedicated naturalists, but a few would satisfy the neophyte. Click here for the course listing.

They also offer a few courses in scientific illustration, focusing on drawing, painting, or watercolor. Click here for descriptions of art courses.

zeagle.gifThe rest of the info you need can be found at this Web page. You can sign up online. Costs are $310 for a three-day seminar, $445 for five days, or $735 for 10 days. Accommodations are offered on site, ranging from a tent site, to a bunk in the lab building, to several cabin options… click here for all the details. They also provide meals at the site. You can apply online, and arrange for college credit if you want.

Eagle Hill is the highest point on one of a series of peninsulas that extend into the Atlantic Ocean along the coast of Maine, with Acadia National Park to the west and Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge to the east. The Institute lies within a coastal fringe of northern boreal forest with mostly spruce and fir and a mix of maples, birches, and other species. A rich variety of habitats can be found within a short distance of the station: many different marine habitats as well as marshes, bogs and heaths, blueberry barrens, lakes and ponds, rivers and streams, and extensive forests.