Facilities and Fees

Research and living facilities at the station are simple. Up to twenty-five researchers can be accommodated in the dormitory and four cabins. There are two laboratory spaces, each with AC/DC electricity provided by a photovoltaic system and a backup generator. Equipment available to visiting researchers includes electronic balances, dissection microscopes, binoculars, tripods, spotting scope, and observation blinds. The workshop is equipped with a variety of battery-operated power tools and a table saw. A twenty-three-foot fiberglass workboat (the Ernest Joy), with a 115-HP motor, and a wooden skiff (the Susannah Kent), with a 20-HP motor, allow access to nearby islands, as coordinated with our caretaker and boat operator. For more extensive excursions, Russell Ingalls' fishing boat, Island Bound, might be available for charter, depending on timing and other commitments.

A system of trails allows convenient access to most habitats on Kent Island. The old fields in the center of the island are gridded into fifty-meter quadrats covering ten hectares. About four hectares of spruce-fir forest are similarly gridded.

Station Fees

Students (undergraduate and graduate): $25/day

Senior Researchers: $40/day

Visitors: $50/day

Boat Trips: $200/each way

Day Visits from Grand Manan Residents: free

The operation of the Bowdoin Scientific Station is supported by Bowdoin College and by station fees, grants from the National Science Foundation, and charitable donations.

Station fees include meals during June and July when our cook is present (at other times, you will need to bring your own food), lodging, and use of all facilities and equipment at the field station. Boat transportation is from Seal Cove on Grand Manan and is possible with either the station's boat, Ernest Joy, or Russell Ingalls' fishing boat, Island Bound; both options incur fees (see above) and require advance scheduling. In some cases, it is possible to save costs by piggy-backing on an existing boat trip.

Overnight visitors should bring sleeping bags, a 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. Everyone must take a turn at dish-washing, house-cleaning, and other chores. If you would like to visit or conduct research at Kent Island, please contact:

Patricia Jones
Director of Bowdoin Scientific Station, Kent Island

Ian Kyle
Assistant Director of Bowdoin Scientific Station, Kent Island

Please touch base as early as possible about your desire to conduct research on the island. The summer mailing address for the field station is Bowdoin Scientific Station, 1406 Route 776, Grand Manan NB, Canada E5G 1H6.