Schoodic Notes: Bird Sounds of Acadia is a collaborative project between Laura Sebastianelli, naturalist & sound recordist, and Seth Benz, Director of Schoodic Institute’s Bird Ecology Program, and includes other volunteer bird sound recordists.

If you would like to volunteer with the project, please fill out the application to train to be a volunteer to audio record bird sounds in Acadia National Park. Can the QR code above to apply.

Once you submit the application, we will arrange a meeting via phone or zoom to orient you to the project. If all aspects are understood and agreeable:


• Provide you with FREE training via the self-paced online Bird Academy course “How To Record Bird Sounds” made possible by The Macaulay Library at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology (a $99 value).

• Make professional audio recording equipment available to you for loan on a scheduled basis.

• Provide guidance and direction for your volunteer participation in the project.

• Offer periodic virtual meetings and “critical listening sessions” to help you continue to build your bird sound recording skills.


• Complete the training, and project orientation.

• Follow established procedures for care and responsibility of all loaned equipment.

• Regularly communicate with the Project Director, Laura Sebastianelli.

• Follow established protocols as an Acadia National Park volunteer (both general, and specific to our scientific research permit).

• Volunteer a minimum of 20 hours recording bird sounds.