Facilities and Fees

Night on the Island

  Research and living facilities at the Station are simple. Up to 16 researchers can be accommodated in the dormitory and four cabins. Visitors should bring sheets and blankets or sleeping bags. Most of the spaces are filled by researchers and students involved in long term research projects. Consequently, individuals interested in visiting the Station are encouraged to contact the Director as early as possible and plan to avoid the months of heaviest use of the Station (June-July). Family members are welcome, provided space is available. Camping and pets are not permitted. Meals are taken in a single, large dining area. Breakfast and lunch are informal and unscheduled. During June and July, dinner is provided by a cook employed each summer. At other times of the year, visitors should provide their own food.

There are two laboratory spaces, each with AC and DC electricity provided by a photovoltaic system and a backup generator. Equipment available to visiting researchers includes two Campbell dataloggers with printers, anemometer, radiometer, and thermocouples; a Solomat portable microenvironmental meter; several Macintosh computers, electronic balances, dissection and compound microscopes, binoculars, tripods, spotting scopes, and observation blinds. The workshop is equipped with a variety of battery-operated power tools and a table saw. A 23-foot fiberglass workboat (the Ernest Joy) with an 88 HP motor and a wooden skiff (the Susannah Kent) with a 10 HP motor allow access to nearby islands. For more extensive excursions the caretaker's fishing boat (the Misty Maid)may be hired.

A system of trails allows convenient access to most habitats on Kent Island. One transect runs the length of the island from north to south with marked stakes every 50 meters. The old fields in the center of the island are gridded into 50-meter quadrats covering 10 hectares. About 4 hectares of spruce-fir forest are similarly gridded.

Station Fees


Without grants:

Student Researchers:
Senior Researchers:

With grants (student and senior researchers):


Overnight Visitors:

Bowdoin Faculty, Staff, and Family Members:
Bowdoin Alumni, Relatives and Guests of Researchers

Day Visitors:

Grand Manan Residents, Non-profit Groups, Other Visitors:
no fee
Commercial Tour Groups:

Unscheduled Boat Trips between Grand Manan and Kent Island:

Station fees include meals (during June and July, when our cook is present; at other times, you will find staples in the pantry but you will need to bring your own food), lodging, use of all facilities and equipment at the field station, and round-trip boat transportation between Seal Cove and Kent Island at scheduled times. Trips are scheduled from late May through August on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons. The operation of the Bowdoin Scientific Station is subsidized by grants from the National Science Foundation, and supported by Bowdoin College, station fees and charitable donations.

Overnight visitors should bring sleeping bags, towel, warm clothing, rain gear, high rubber boots, hat, flashlight, and personal medicines. Depending upon the tide, they should expect wet landings and lengthy walks across slippery beaches. There is no maid service, so everyone must take a turn at dish-washing, house-cleaning, and other chores. Casual visits can most easily be accommodated in May, August, and September. If you would like to visit or conduct research at Kent Island, please contact:

Don Dearborn
Director of Bowdoin Scientific Station of Kent Island
Biology Department, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME 04011
Telephone: (207) 786-6107  
Email: ddearbor@bates.edu


Russell Ingalls
Tel: (506) 662-9114 or (506) 662-5225


Please give as much notice as possible. The summer mailing address for the field station is P.O. Box 531, Seal Cove, NB, Canada E5G 4M5.