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Rutland County Audubon Marks 15 Years of Monthly Vermont eBird Monitoring Walks at West Rutland Marsh

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Over 2,000 participants, 666 miles, 180 bird checklists recorded comprising 149 species, and its all available for research, education and conservation at Vermont eBird. The monthly bird monitoring walk started on August 16, 2001 at West Rutland Marsh when 15 participants teamed up with Rutland County Audubon Society to record 45 species (including a rare Least Bittern); and it’s been happening every month since.

Finding Vemont’s Enigmatic Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owl. © Tyler Pockette

Ever plan an owling outing to locate a Long-eared Owl in Vermont? You probably weren’t successful. In fact virtually no one finds in Vermont a Long-eared Owl by design; encounters are universally by serendipity or luck. The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont begins its report with this revealing observation: “The Long-eared Owl remains an enigma, poorly known, and seldom seen by the most active observers.” We three avid owlers – Tyler Pockette, Ron Payne, and Ian Worley – got together three years ago and decided to learn how to find Long-eareds in Vermont by intent, instead of accidentally coming upon one by chance.

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department Becomes a Vermont eBird Sponsor

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The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is proud to sponsor Vermont eBird through our new Vermont Habitat Stamp program.  The stamp helps conserve Vermont’s wild places, both by purchasing lands for permanent conservation, and by working with landowners to improve habitat for species such as Golden-winged Warblers.

North Branch Nature Center BirdFest May 28th

Yellow Warbler singing. © Larry Clarfeld.

Join the North Branch Nature Center on May 28th for BirdFest, they’re 5th annual celebration of birds! The event kicks off with bird walks beginning at 7:00 am, and features workshops, live raptors, kids activities, a bird banding demo, bird house building, a photo contest, and more! Its free for kids and Montpelier residents and just $15 for non-members, $10 for members. See the BirdFest website for a full schedule, workshop descriptions, and information on submitting your awesome shot to the photo contest,

Introducing the eBird Media Search

Black-bellied Plover by Ian Davies

We are excited release eBird/Macaulay Library Media Search, a tool for exploring photos and sounds uploaded through eBird, as well as the full collection of bird sounds and video archived in the Macaulay Library through traditional methods. With more than half a million images and thousands of audio files uploaded to eBird over the past five months there is plenty to explore! This initial version of Media Search is focused on providing results for species, date range, and location combinations, while subsequent development will focus on increasing the metadata associated with uploaded media, and building out advanced search capabilities. We hope these tools provide an exciting environment to explore the contributions of others, and also to increase the public visibility of your own efforts. Take the new Media Search tool for a test drive right now!

The Breeding Bird Atlas is Never Complete at Vermont eBird!

The Second Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Vermont is now available to purchase.

The Second Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Vermont (2003-2007), a project of the Vermont Atlas of Life, was an amazing effort by the birding community. Many of us searched the state to document breeding bird species. The atlas collected important conservation information and it was a lot of fun. Many of us miss it! But with Vermont eBird, the atlas never ends! We want you to keep documenting the nesting status of the birds you are finding. Read more and learn how you can make your Vermont eBird sightings even more valuable by adding breeding information.

New eBook: The Birds of Hinsdale Setbacks and Bluffs, New Hampshire

Hinsdale Setbacks looking north from the Powerline Berm Trail. / © Hector Galbraith

Hector Galbraith, a venerable birder and ornithologist, examined a myriad of old documents dating to the early 1900s, as well as more recent and ongoing eBird datasets, to summarize avian occurrence, abundance and seasonality in his new ebook – The Birds of Hinsdale Setbacks and Bluffs, New Hampshire. Situated on the Connecticut River at the intersection of three states, Hinsdale Setbacks and Bluffs comprise one of the premier inland birding sites in New England. Read more…

eBirding Around Sensitive Species

Northern Goshawk protecting its nest.

It’s that time of year when we are apt to find some amazing nesting birds – from Bald Eagles to Long-eared Owls, and later in the season Common Terns or a rare songbird. So what steps should we take to avoid disturbing nest sites and sensitive species in general? And how does that relate to reporting these birds to Vermont eBird? It’s up to each and every individual birder to ensure that they behave themselves in the field. Learn how you can best report sensitive species on eBird…

March eBirder of the Month Challenge

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This month’s eBirder of the month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, focuses on exploring new areas. eBirders have entered sightings from more than 3 million locations across every country in the world. Even though that sounds like a big number, there is still a lot we have yet to learn, and a lot of areas where we have very little information! In March we’re encouraging you to explore, and fill some of those knowledge gaps. The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit 1 or more complete no-X checklists in March from at least 15 locations new to your eBird account. This means a total of 15 lists is required as a minimum. These locations can be hotspots or any kind of location, they just have new in your specific eBird account. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.

February eBirder of the Month Challenge

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This month’s eBirder of the month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, focuses on the mobile world. As of December 2015, eBird Mobile is available for FREE on both iOS and Android devices. eBird Mobile makes in-the-field data entry just a few taps away, no matter where you are in the world. Increased use of mobile provides greatly improved accuracy in counting, precise location selection, and overall birding effort information. And, no more data entry when you get home at the end of the day! The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit at least 15 complete no-X checklists using eBird Mobile in February. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.