How many bird species can you find in 24 hours? How much money can you raise for conservation and science? The 5th annual VCE birdathon is a chance for you to find out. It has never been so easy with our new birdathon fundraising website. Form a team or go for it on your own. Then, visit our event page and quickly and easily create a site for your team. Ask your friends, family, neighbors and favorite businesses to pledge a cash amount for each bird species you find by sending them to your team page to pledge. Pick a day in May and then grab those binoculars and get outdoors. The funds you raise while watching birds will help the Vermont Center for Ecostudies keep projects like Vermont eBird going strong. Would you rather pledge to our team page? We'd love the support. Just visit the VCE team page and pledge today!
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 you to keep documenting the nesting status of the birds you are finding. Already crows are carrying sticks and ospreys are occupying platforms. You can make your eBird sightings even more valuable by adding breeding information to them. How? Read on...
Grab your binoculars this spring and join us for a grassland bird blitz! Here is your chance to help put grassland bird “hotspots” on the map of the Upper Valley. This spring and summer the "Upper Valley Grassland Bird Conservation Project" will be scouring fields and farms for grassland birds, and we need your help. We need people to make morning stops along roadsides, looking and listening for just a few grassland bird species. Easy to learn, easy to do.
Many of us have noticed large gaps across Vermont that have few or no visits by eBirders. Craig Provost, a Vermont eBird record editor extraordinaire for some of those least visited regions, was inspired. After seeing the map of eBirded locations and learning of Team Pipit’s self-inflicted program of going after 100 or more species in three counties over the course of a year, each year choosing different counties, and our County Quest 150 Club, he was inspired.
Want to explore some Vermont landscapes you’ve not traveled? Then why not go birding in the least birded areas of the state? During last year’s County Quest and our recent review and updating of eBird hotspots, several regions emerged as “winners” in the least-birded category. Chief among them is the sprawling Green Mountain Forest highlands of southern Vermont from Mt. Holly south to Stamford and the Massachusetts border.Equally under-birded are the 110 miles of Connecticut River meanders, floodplains, farmlands and wetlands from Thetford north to Beecher Falls and the Quebec border.