Here are resources that will be useful background for developing iSWOOP programs. They are grouped by central ideas.

Getting Starting

Considering adding iSWOOP to what you do? Here are some ideas for how to begin.

iSWOOP Get Ready_Mar14sm

Developing an iSWOOP program

Ranger Melinda McFarland reflects on her process developing a program to highlight park-based research on landscape succession. With some trepidation, she takes on geology and the challenge to make her evening program interactive.

iSWOOP Questions

iSWOOP Questions

Searching for the Primeval Forest (Outline)

Searching for the Primeval Forest (Slides)

Visual literacy

Science literacy

Visitor interaction

Science content


A library of frog calls

Please credit Dr. Robert (Bob) Brodman

Not only can wood frogs survive freezing temperatures, but they benefit from cold weather. Check out this video on wood frogs(

Annotated _INDU-iSWOOP-VisualLibrary_June2017-TEMPLATE1-mm_annotated_LAmm  (keynote)   &  _INDU-iSWOOP-VisualLibrary_Julu2017-TEMPLATE1-mm_annotated_LAmm (pdf) of the visual library (June 2016 version).

This lesson plan includes information on wetlands: how they form, who lives there, things affecting them (like pollution). Ranger Shelby Hoyert says, “You could easily talk about wetlands and then bring in Dr. Bob’s research. This could be used in conjunction with the iPad visuals as well!”



Joshua Tree

Juniper’s slides on moths and fungal interactions:

V2.0Visual LibraryJTNP_pt1

V2.0Visual LibraryJTNP_pt2



Acadia’s iSWOOP-developed Visual Library  Annotations_iSWOOP_Visual_Library_v5mm

How fast can trees migrate?

Jacquelyn’s recommendations for reading on paleoecology:

  • After the Ice Age
  • Forests in Time
  • Twilight of the Mammoth
  • How to Clone a Wooly Mammoth
  • Ice Ages and Solving the Mystery
  • Once and Future Giants
  • Changing Nature of the Maine Woods

On using charcoal to understand the past Patterson_charcoal_fire_1987

On the Patterson_Fire_Regimes_Coastal_Maine_Forests_of_Acadia_-_1983 (since settlement mainly)

Jacobson and Norton articles and ppt presentations

Geology of Mt Desert Island, presentation from Duane Braun



Prothonotary Warblers

Researcher Katie Percy’s Annual Report for 2017 

Why Care About Birds?

Read more on the Birds of Louisiana’s Coast: A Landscape of Virtual Habitats


To learn more about nano-tags and bird identification, Katie recommends the following links: