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Vermont Atlas of Life BioBlitz at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP

Part scientific endeavor, part festival, and part education, the BioBlitz at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park will bring together leading scientists, naturalists, and community members of all ages to find and document as many species as possible in one day at the park on July 19th as part of the Vermont Atlas of Life. Step outside […]

eBird Preferences – species names, Top 100 and more

Robin nest

On the  top left of most eBird pages is a little link that you may not have noticed – Preferences. This is where you can customize how species names appear in eBird – whether you want Common Names, Scientific Names, or both. The default English names follow the Clements Checklist, but you can change the Common […]

eBirders Encouraged to eButterfly

Butterflying in the Green Mountain State.

When the day turns warm and the birds grow quiet, many eBirders point their binoculars  toward butterflies. Now, they have a tool to track their sightings. Introducing e-Butterfly. A small team of biologists from the U.S. and Canada has launched e-Butterfly.org, which allows scientists and butterfly watchers to report, store, organize and view vast amounts […]

New study uses eBird data to define migration flyways for terrestrial birds

Red-eyed Vireo. Photo by K.P. McFarland

In one of the greatest feats of endurance in the biological world, millions of tiny songbirds—many weighing less than an ounce—migrate thousands of miles to Central and South America each year. Now scientists are finding out how these featherweights do it: using elliptical routes that take advantage of prevailing wind patterns to save calories. “Most […]

Bicknell’s & Gray-cheeked Thushes – How to submit to eBird

Bicknell's Thrush on a nest on Stratton Mountain. Photo by K.P. McFarland

Have you made the trek to a Vermont mountaintop to hear and see our signature montane bird, the Bicknell’s Thrush?  Many birders have, and upon hearing it’s distinctive song, submit their record to Vermont eBird.  Seen a Gray-cheeked Thrush in Vermont? Likely not, as it does not breed here and it is such a rare, passing-through migrant […]

Golden & Blue-winged Warbler Potpourri – How to submit to eBird

Golden-winged Warbler (mostly) (Vermivora chrysoptera). Photo by K.P. McFarland

Coming from a leafy shrub is the pure song of a Blue-winged Warbler, just as it sounds on your smart phone app.  Searching for the songster, you find the singing bird but it definitely not the coloration of the Blue-winged in your field guide.  Yikes!  What to do? The so-called “winged warblers” are a complex […]

Mountain Birdwatch Needs Your Help

View from Hurricane Mountain, NY.

Do you enjoy hiking, and would you like to use your birding skills to support conservation? Mountain Birdwatch is a long-term monitoring program for Bicknell’s Thrush and other high-elevation forest birds, and we seek volunteers to conduct a dawn surveys  this June. Wake up to a Bicknell’s Thrush serenade, delight in frenetic Winter Wren song, […]

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 […]