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Join VCE Birdathon 2014 for Vermont eBird

A birdathon team in action.

The eBirding rush is on! Hermit Thrushes are singing, Ravens are nesting, and the rush of warblers isn’t far behind. Spring also heralds our annual Birdathon, and I’m hoping you’ll form your own team or join me as a sponsor for our dawn-to-dusk birding quest on May 20 to help raise funds for maintaining Vermont […]

Guidelines for Reporting Sensitive Species

Northern Goshawk protecting its nest.

We have posted this story as a reminder of how to treat and report sensitive species in eBird. As birders, we all love to see owls–they are beautiful, fascinating, and generally hard to come by. An encounter with an owl can be among the most memorable of birding experiences. In many places, however, roosting owls […]

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) 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 […]

New eBird publication highlights a novel approach to citizen science

STEM species distribution model for Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) based on ERD data. Darker red indicates higher probability of finding a Purple Finch (Max = 80%). Note population-level differences in migration, with the eastern/boreal population (H. p. purpureus) migrating and wintering through the East and Southeast, whereas the western population (H. p. californicus) is largely resident, showing little seasonal change in distribution.

Birders are the engine behind what we now think of as the “eBird Enterprise”, a global project with high conservation significance that has collected more than 150 million bird records from across the planet. A new publication in the journal Biological Conservation highlights how eBird has evolved from a basic citizen-science project into a collective enterprise, taking […]

Champions Crowned for 3rd Annual Vermont County Bird Quest

Locations of the 2013 Vermont eBird Checklist sites. Only three towns were not visited by Vermont eBirders in 2013.

From the drop of the ball on January 1st to the stare from the yellow eyes of a Snowy Owl on December 31st, hundreds of Vermont birders scoured fields and fens, mountains and meadows, lakes and lawns to discover as many species as possible during a single calendar year. The 3rd annual Vermont County Birding Quest pitted […]

Tips for counting BIG flocks

Counting. Photo by Ron Payne

Have you ever seen a big group of blackbirds in a large tree and estimated, say, 300-400 … only to have clearly 200 or more fly out of the tree, and it looks like nobody left?  And then another couple hundred leave, and it still looks the same?  Well, there are ways to get a […]

New Checklist Option Deals with Old Misconception

You can now set your checklist comments to public on your Preferences page.

Have you ever made a comment on a checklist about your outing?  Perhaps you noted you were observing from a kayak, or the day was dark and rainy, or nearby construction noise was very loud, or you were accompanied by David Sibley.  Did you realize when you used the “Comments” box at the beginning of […]

Little Brown Birds of Confusion

Sparrow Timing

Autumn migration gives us many opportunities for interesting sightings, discoveries, and challenging identifications.  Moreover, the eagerness to see a particular species can get in the way of good observations. One example is Lincoln’s Sparrow, whose northern boreal distribution extends down into our Northeast Kingdom and on a few ski slopes such as Stratton Mountain.  However, Lincoln’s […]