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.l1544602211iamg@154460221136enw1544602211orbcc1544602211

Bennington
Dec. 22, 2018
Contact: Kevin Hemeon –moc.d1544602211uolci1544602211@6noe1544602211mehni1544602211vek1544602211

Brattleboro
Dec. 15, 2018
Contact: Cory Ross – moc.l1544602211iamg@154460221142sso1544602211ryroc1544602211

Burlington
Dec. 16, 2018
Contact: Elizabeth Mitchell Spinney – moc.l1544602211iamg@1544602211llehc1544602211tim.e1544602211.hteb1544602211azile1544602211
Compiler: Eric Lazarus – moc.l1544602211iamg@1544602211sucir1544602211ezal1544602211.

Champlain Islands/St. Albans
Dec. 16, 2018
Contact: Terry Marron – ten.t1544602211sacmo1544602211c@nor1544602211ramgt1544602211

East Franklin County
Jan. 5, 2019
Contact: Charlotte Bill –  moc.l1544602211iamg@1544602211cbc.t1544602211v.nil1544602211knarf1544602211.tsae1544602211

Ferrisburgh
Dec. 15, 2018
Contact: Mike Winslow – ten.t1544602211niopr1544602211iafym1544602211@arik1544602211ekim1544602211

Hanover-Norwich
Jan. 1, 2018
Meet in front of Hopkins Center in Hanover, N.H. at 7am
Contact: Daniel Crook – moc.l1544602211iamto1544602211h@8711544602211cd1544602211

Hinesburg-Huntington
Jan. 5, 2019
Contact: Paul Wieczoreck – ten.t1544602211vamg@1544602211wpcgm1544602211

Hunger Mountain
Dec. 26, 2018
Contact: Zach Cota-Weaver- moc.l1544602211iamg@1544602211revae1544602211watoc1544602211z1544602211
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Island Pond
2018
Contact: gro.r1544602211etnec1544602211sdoow1544602211htron1544602211@aira1544602211m1544602211

Lamoille County
Dec. 29, 2018
Contact: Noel Dodge – moc.l1544602211iamg@1544602211egdod1544602211.leon1544602211

Mad River Valley/Northfield
Dec. 14, 2018
Contact: Mad Birders – gro.s1544602211redri1544602211bdam@1544602211ofni1544602211

Middlebury
Dec. 16, 2018
Contact: Jim and Kris Andrews – ude.y1544602211rubel1544602211ddim@1544602211swerd1544602211naj1544602211 or 802-352-4734

Mt. Abraham
Dec. 14, 2018
Contact: Randy Durand – ten.t1544602211vamg@1544602211dnaru1544602211d1544602211

Plainfield
Dec. 15, 2018
Contact: Sean Beckett – gro.r1544602211etnec1544602211eruta1544602211nhcna1544602211rbhtr1544602211on@na1544602211es1544602211

Plattsburgh, NY (reaches the VT Champlain islands)
Dec. 16, 2018
Contact: Michael Burgess – ude.h1544602211grubs1544602211ttalp1544602211@500g1544602211rubm1544602211

Randolph Area
Dec. 15, 2018
Contact: Brian Lowe – moc.o1544602211ohay@1544602211yugdr1544602211ibtv1544602211

Rutland
Dec. 29, 2018
Contact:Rutland Audubon – gro.n1544602211obudu1544602211aytnu1544602211ocdna1544602211ltur@1544602211gnidr1544602211ib1544602211

Saxton’s River
Dec. 15, 2018
Contact: Don Clark – moc.l1544602211iamg@1544602211skbsp1544602211as1544602211

Springfield
Dec. 16, 2018
Contact: Hugh Putnam – ten.l1544602211etnom1544602211rev@s1544602211mantu1544602211p1544602211 or 802-886-8430

Winhall/Windham
Dec. 15, 2018
Contact: Ruth Stewart – moc.k1544602211ooltu1544602211o@swr1544602211_redr1544602211ib1544602211

Woodstock
Dec. 18, 2018
Contact: Sally Laughlin – ten.t1544602211niopr1544602211iafym1544602211@nilh1544602211guals1544602211

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