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.l1566137646iamg@156613764636enw1566137646orbcc1566137646

Bennington
Dec. 22, 2018
Contact: Kevin Hemeon –moc.d1566137646uolci1566137646@6noe1566137646mehni1566137646vek1566137646

Brattleboro
Dec. 15, 2018
Contact: Cory Ross – moc.l1566137646iamg@156613764642sso1566137646ryroc1566137646

Burlington
Dec. 16, 2018
Contact: Elizabeth Mitchell Spinney – moc.l1566137646iamg@1566137646llehc1566137646tim.e1566137646.hteb1566137646azile1566137646
Compiler: Eric Lazarus – moc.l1566137646iamg@1566137646sucir1566137646ezal1566137646.

Champlain Islands/St. Albans
Dec. 16, 2018
Contact: Terry Marron – ten.t1566137646sacmo1566137646c@nor1566137646ramgt1566137646

East Franklin County
Jan. 5, 2019
Contact: Charlotte Bill –  moc.l1566137646iamg@1566137646cbc.t1566137646v.nil1566137646knarf1566137646.tsae1566137646

Ferrisburgh
Dec. 15, 2018
Contact: Mike Winslow – ten.t1566137646niopr1566137646iafym1566137646@arik1566137646ekim1566137646

Hanover-Norwich
Jan. 1, 2018
Meet in front of Hopkins Center in Hanover, N.H. at 7am
Contact: Daniel Crook – moc.l1566137646iamto1566137646h@8711566137646cd1566137646

Hinesburg-Huntington
Jan. 5, 2019
Contact: Paul Wieczoreck – ten.t1566137646vamg@1566137646wpcgm1566137646

Hunger Mountain
Dec. 26, 2018
Contact: Zach Cota-Weaver- moc.l1566137646iamg@1566137646revae1566137646watoc1566137646z1566137646
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Island Pond
2018
Contact: gro.r1566137646etnec1566137646sdoow1566137646htron1566137646@aira1566137646m1566137646

Lamoille County
Dec. 29, 2018
Contact: Noel Dodge – moc.l1566137646iamg@1566137646egdod1566137646.leon1566137646

Mad River Valley/Northfield
Dec. 14, 2018
Contact: Mad Birders – gro.s1566137646redri1566137646bdam@1566137646ofni1566137646

Middlebury
Dec. 16, 2018
Contact: Jim and Kris Andrews – ude.y1566137646rubel1566137646ddim@1566137646swerd1566137646naj1566137646 or 802-352-4734

Mt. Abraham
Dec. 14, 2018
Contact: Randy Durand – ten.t1566137646vamg@1566137646dnaru1566137646d1566137646

Plainfield
Dec. 15, 2018
Contact: Sean Beckett – gro.r1566137646etnec1566137646eruta1566137646nhcna1566137646rbhtr1566137646on@na1566137646es1566137646

Plattsburgh, NY (reaches the VT Champlain islands)
Dec. 16, 2018
Contact: Michael Burgess – ude.h1566137646grubs1566137646ttalp1566137646@500g1566137646rubm1566137646

Randolph Area
Dec. 15, 2018
Contact: Brian Lowe – moc.o1566137646ohay@1566137646yugdr1566137646ibtv1566137646

Rutland
Dec. 29, 2018
Contact:Rutland Audubon – gro.n1566137646obudu1566137646aytnu1566137646ocdna1566137646ltur@1566137646gnidr1566137646ib1566137646

Saxton’s River
Dec. 15, 2018
Contact: Don Clark – moc.l1566137646iamg@1566137646skbsp1566137646as1566137646

Springfield
Dec. 16, 2018
Contact: Hugh Putnam – ten.l1566137646etnom1566137646rev@s1566137646mantu1566137646p1566137646 or 802-886-8430

Winhall/Windham
Dec. 15, 2018
Contact: Ruth Stewart – moc.k1566137646ooltu1566137646o@swr1566137646_redr1566137646ib1566137646

Woodstock
Dec. 18, 2018
Contact: Sally Laughlin – ten.t1566137646niopr1566137646iafym1566137646@nilh1566137646guals1566137646

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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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