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Adding Your CBC Data to Vermont eBird

Barred Owl hunting rodents at a bird feeder. Photo by K.P. McFarland

The Christmas Count is the largest and longest-running ornithological citizen science project. Vermont eBird can be a great way to store your sector-level data and compare it from year to year. It is not a problem to enter data in Vermont eBird and then submit it for the CBC too, since the two projects are collecting data in similar ways, but at different scales. Learn more about how you can best add your CBC observations to Vermont eBird.

Thirty-sixth Annual Report of the Vermont Bird Records Committee

Committee members at the 2015 meeting. Bottom row (L-R); Hector Galbraith, Spencer Hardy, Kent McFarland. Middle row: George Clark, Ruth Stewart, Sue Wetmore, Sue Elliott, John Sutton, Ken Cox, Chris Rimmer. Back row: Allan Strong, Craig Provost.

The Vermont Bird Records Committee (VBRC) held its annual meeting on November 12, 2016 at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. The 36th annual report of the VBRC covers the evaluation of 48 records involving 31 species and 2 subspecies. Forty records were accepted (83%) with the majority (n=35 records) decided unanimously. There were no first state records for any species during this period. The first fully documented subspecies record for Audubon’s Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata auduboni) observed in Windsor, Vermont was accepted.

117th Annual Christmas Bird Count in Vermont

Pine Siskins in Winter. Photo by K.P. McFarland

The 117th Christmas Bird Count will take place from December 14 through January 5. This is perhaps the longest running citizen science project in Vermont. Each count occurs in a designated circle, 15 miles in diameter, and is led by an experienced birder, or designated “compiler”. Read more to learn where Vermont CBCs are located, date of counts and compiler contact information.

2016 a Record Year for Nesting Bald Eagles in Vermont

As bald eagle nests become more common in Vermont, the Fish & Wildlife Department is asking bird-watchers to enjoy the birds from a safe distance to avoid disturbing them. Photo by John Hall, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

Bald eagles produced 34 successful young in Vermont in 2016, smashing the most recent record of 26 in 2013 according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. The birds remain on the list of species protected under Vermont’s state endangered species law, but this strong year has conservationists hopeful for their continued recovery.

Easily Print a Checklist from Any eBird Hotspot


You can discover the best places for birding in Vermont (or around the world) using the Vermont eBird hotspot explorer. The Hotspot Explorer provides a completely new way to plan birding trips, putting millions of records from over 100,000 eBirders around the world into your hands. And now, you can even print out a bird checklist from any hotspot to carry with you in the field or study at your leisure.

Want a free birding trip to Trinidad & Tobago?

Purple Gallinule by Jerome Foster/Macaulay Library.

You’re in North America, it’s early 2017, and winter is everywhere. Bird song is nothing but a distant memory, and you yearn for warmth. Wouldn’t you rather be in Trinidad and Tobago? If you eBird, you could be—for free! We’re very happy to announce an exciting opportunity for a lucky eBirder and friend: two nights at the Asa Wright Nature Centre; complimentary roundtrip airfares for 2 people on JetBlue from either JFK (New York) or Fort Lauderdale, FL; and guided tours on the ground in Trinidad and Tobago. Thanks to the Asa Wright Nature Centre, JetBlue, and the Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Board for their generous sponsorship. A lucky eBirder will be drawn randomly from among all eligible checklists submitted between Sept 15-Oct 31 2016. More lists, more chances to win. The winner will be notified by November 10.

Explore and share your birding with eBird Profile Pages!

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There are nearly 2,000 Vermont eBirders, plus another 320,000 more across the world …and growing… You’ve looked through Vermont eBird checklists and seen their names: kindred birding spirits whose sightings you may have glimpsed only once, or followed regularly over months and years. Now, you can find out who the people are behind these names by exploring eBird’s new Profile Pages! Whether you’re a backyard birder or a globe-trotting world lister, eBird Profile Pages allow you to share your birding story with friends and the entire eBird community. This first version of your public eBird dashboard focuses on showcasing your eBird activity with tools that visualize all your sightings and highlight your recent media contributions—all updated with each new eBird contribution. We hope these Profile Pages provide a fun new way to visualize the contributions you’ve made to eBird and the Macaulay Library, inspire you to ‘fill in the gaps’ in your profile maps, and allow you to get to know other eBirders by exploring their Profile Pages. Enjoy meeting the global eBird community, and set up your eBird Profile Page today!

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

A monthly group pauses for a photo at the boardwalk on a spring day.

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

Habitat Stamp

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.