Ivory Gull

Vermont Bird Records Committee


Founded in 1980, the Vermont Bird Records Committee (VBRC) is composed of expert birders and ornithologists from Vermont as well as the New England seasonal editors of North American Birds. The primary purpose is to annually validate records of birds from the state of Vermont and maintain the Vermont State Bird List.

Bird records typically originate as written descriptions and/or photographs that are submitted by observers involved with the discovery of a rare bird, rare nesting species, or out-of-season reports. The committee actively solicits reports of any species on the review list as well as any species not currently on the official Vermont State Bird List. Each year, the committee publishes an annual report detailing the decisions on all species reviewed during that year. The Committee meets annually in November. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us at *protected email*.

A very rare Black-tailed Gull found in Vermont.

A very rare Black-tailed Gull found in Vermont.


You can consult the official Vermont State Checklist of Birds to determine which species require Rare Species Documentation, Rare Nesting Documentation, or Out of Season Report (PDF) or our list of subspecies.

Please consider entering all of your bird sightings, rare or common, on Vermont eBird. All records reviewed by VBRC are shared in Vermont eBird.

The committee meets in late fall each year to review Vermont bird records. Reports are accepted throughout the year.