Join the 119th Annual Christmas Bird Count in Vermont

Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator). © K.P. McFarland

The 119th 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.

The longest running citizen science program in the world, the count originally began on Christmas Day in 1900 when ornithologist and legendary birder and ornithologist Frank Chapman posed an alternative to an earlier traditional holiday “side hunt.” Chapman proposed “hunting” birds to record their numbers. Instead of firing a shotgun, now we have an annual snapshot. Decades of data have added up to results envied by other scientists who don’t enjoy such a fleet of volunteer help, or creatures as easily seen and counted as birds.

While there is a specific methodology to the CBC and you need to count birds within an existing Christmas Bird Count circle, everyone can participate! If you are a beginning birder, you will be able to join a group that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher. If your home is within the boundaries of a Christmas Bird Count circle, then you can stay home and report the birds that visit your feeder or join a group of birdwatchers in the field. If you have never been on a CBC before and you want to participate in a count this year, including feeder counting, please contact your count compiler prior to the count.

Would you like to explore the data from seasons past or see a map of count circles? Visit the Christmas Bird Count home page to learn more.

Are you planning on adding your observations to Vermont eBird too? Check out this short article about helpful hints.

VERMONT COUNTS (view map):

Barnet
Jan. 1, 2019
Contact: Charlie Brown – moc.l1550672789iamg@155067278936enw1550672789orbcc1550672789

Bennington
Dec. 22, 2018
Contact: Kevin Hemeon –moc.d1550672789uolci1550672789@6noe1550672789mehni1550672789vek1550672789

Brattleboro
Dec. 15, 2018
Contact: Cory Ross – moc.l1550672789iamg@155067278942sso1550672789ryroc1550672789

Burlington
Dec. 16, 2018
Contact: Elizabeth Mitchell Spinney – moc.l1550672789iamg@1550672789llehc1550672789tim.e1550672789.hteb1550672789azile1550672789
Compiler: Eric Lazarus – moc.l1550672789iamg@1550672789sucir1550672789ezal1550672789.

Champlain Islands/St. Albans
Dec. 16, 2018
Contact: Terry Marron – ten.t1550672789sacmo1550672789c@nor1550672789ramgt1550672789

East Franklin County
Jan. 5, 2019
Contact: Charlotte Bill –  moc.l1550672789iamg@1550672789cbc.t1550672789v.nil1550672789knarf1550672789.tsae1550672789

Ferrisburgh
Dec. 15, 2018
Contact: Mike Winslow – ten.t1550672789niopr1550672789iafym1550672789@arik1550672789ekim1550672789

Hanover-Norwich
Jan. 1, 2018
Meet in front of Hopkins Center in Hanover, N.H. at 7am
Contact: Daniel Crook – moc.l1550672789iamto1550672789h@8711550672789cd1550672789

Hinesburg-Huntington
Jan. 5, 2019
Contact: Paul Wieczoreck – ten.t1550672789vamg@1550672789wpcgm1550672789

Hunger Mountain
Dec. 26, 2018
Contact: Zach Cota-Weaver- moc.l1550672789iamg@1550672789revae1550672789watoc1550672789z1550672789
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Island Pond
2018
Contact: gro.r1550672789etnec1550672789sdoow1550672789htron1550672789@aira1550672789m1550672789

Lamoille County
Dec. 29, 2018
Contact: Noel Dodge – moc.l1550672789iamg@1550672789egdod1550672789.leon1550672789

Mad River Valley/Northfield
Dec. 14, 2018
Contact: Mad Birders – gro.s1550672789redri1550672789bdam@1550672789ofni1550672789

Middlebury
Dec. 16, 2018
Contact: Jim and Kris Andrews – ude.y1550672789rubel1550672789ddim@1550672789swerd1550672789naj1550672789 or 802-352-4734

Mt. Abraham
Dec. 14, 2018
Contact: Randy Durand – ten.t1550672789vamg@1550672789dnaru1550672789d1550672789

Plainfield
Dec. 15, 2018
Contact: Sean Beckett – gro.r1550672789etnec1550672789eruta1550672789nhcna1550672789rbhtr1550672789on@na1550672789es1550672789

Plattsburgh, NY (reaches the VT Champlain islands)
Dec. 16, 2018
Contact: Michael Burgess – ude.h1550672789grubs1550672789ttalp1550672789@500g1550672789rubm1550672789

Randolph Area
Dec. 15, 2018
Contact: Brian Lowe – moc.o1550672789ohay@1550672789yugdr1550672789ibtv1550672789

Rutland
Dec. 29, 2018
Contact:Rutland Audubon – gro.n1550672789obudu1550672789aytnu1550672789ocdna1550672789ltur@1550672789gnidr1550672789ib1550672789

Saxton’s River
Dec. 15, 2018
Contact: Don Clark – moc.l1550672789iamg@1550672789skbsp1550672789as1550672789

Springfield
Dec. 16, 2018
Contact: Hugh Putnam – ten.l1550672789etnom1550672789rev@s1550672789mantu1550672789p1550672789 or 802-886-8430

Winhall/Windham
Dec. 15, 2018
Contact: Ruth Stewart – moc.k1550672789ooltu1550672789o@swr1550672789_redr1550672789ib1550672789

Woodstock
Dec. 18, 2018
Contact: Sally Laughlin – ten.t1550672789niopr1550672789iafym1550672789@nilh1550672789guals1550672789

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  1. I am in Erwinna PA near Frenchtown NJ. Have any Juncos been spotted in the North East? I have not seen any here for the first time. I’ve been living here for 20 years and have always seen them.

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