Much of our understanding of bird distribution and identification, the kind of information it is so easy to take for granted, has come from observations by legions of bird watchers. You, too, can add to our understanding of the bird life of Vermont. It might be at a backyard feeder, during a walk at your local park, or a more well-planned and targeted birding outing - but somewhere, sometime, you are likely to see that out-of-place bird. It might be a vagrant that rarely visits Vermont, a bird that is out of season, or perhaps an unlikely breeder for the state. Each of these are vital pieces to the scientific and conservation puzzle of Vermont bird life and we thank you for reporting them.
HOW TO REPORT RARE BIRD SIGHTINGS
1. View the official Vermont Bird Checklist to determine which species require Rare Species Documentation, Rare Nesting Documentation, or Out of Season Report. We also have a list of subspecies that need documentation to help determine their status in the state.
2. Download an MS Word Rare Species Documentation (RSD) form.
3. Resources to help you complete a high quality report:
- An example Vermont RSD form
- How to Document Rare Birds – Donna L. Dittmann and Greg W. Lasley
- How to Write Convincing Details – Mike Patterson
4. Send completed forms with any other evidence such as photos, videos, and audio recordings as attachments to VBRC.
5. Please enter all of your bird sightings 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.