BAR HARBOR — Franklin Jacoby and Elizabeth Hale Morrell are documenting loon and snowy owl populations for Acadia National Park under a fellowship program created by the park for College of the Atlantic students.
Mr. Jacoby, a second-year COA student from the Down East town of Columbia, Maine, is looking at coves and harbors on Mount Desert Island to discover where common loons are wintering. Once he sights a loon, he maps the spot via GPS for future reference with Ms. Morrell’s help.
Ms. Morrell, of Glen, N.H., is doing similar research on snowy owls on Cadillac, Dorr and Sargent mountains.
The Acadia National Park Fellowship program is funded by a three-year grant from the National Park Service. Its purpose is to enlist COA students as researchers on projects that park officials have longed to accomplish, but can seldom fund, while also involving students in the park.