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downeast naturalists

Posted: September 15 2010

a really cool institute for advanced ecological studies. 
The Humboldt Field Research Institute is located on the eastern coast of Maine and is perhaps best known for the extensive series of advanced and professional-level natural history science seminars it has offered in Maine since 1987, along with ecological restoration seminars and expeditions to the neotropics. It publishes the Northeastern Naturalist and Southeastern Naturalist, two scholarly, peer-reviewed, natural history science journals which provide an integrated publishing and research resource for eastern North America, including eastern Canada. With this in mind, the Institute works closely in tandem with the Eagle Hill Foundation, which has interests in interdisciplinary aspects of the study of nature and natural history. The Institute and Foundation share facilities and are working together on developing an interdisciplinary retreat style study and meeting facility on the summit of Eagle Hill.
The Humboldt Field Research Institute and the Eagle Hill Foundation share the densely forested summit of Eagle Hill, the highest part of Dyer Point, one of a number of peninsulas along the Downeast Maine coast. To the immediate west is the Schoodic Point section of Acadia National Park. To the immediate east is Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge. Trails lead from the summit of Eagle Hill to a number of overlooks offering spectacular views of the coast of Maine, with its rocky and evergreen-lined shore and its many islands, bays, and peninsulas.
The Mission of the Institute

The Institute actively promotes collaboration in natural history education, research, and publishing. Its mission is international in scope, working together with scientists from the United States, Canada, Europe, and Latin America.
The Institute maintains an interdisciplinary focus, recognizing that an understanding of the interaction and interdependence of functional systems in nature requires the attention not only of specialists, but also of naturalists and generalists who can bridge different disciplines.
Through public lecture programs, the Institute makes a special commitment to engage members of the general public, emphasizing that our natural world is a universal heritage and that an interest in natural history is something that can and must be shared by everyone.