This is a project for skilled birders. Volunteers must be able to identify a full suite of eastern forest bird species by sight and sound. The rewards are solitude in remote forests, a dawn chorus, and valuable data on forest bird populations.
In conducting these early morning counts in interior forest habitats, volunteers primarily rely on identifying birds by ear rather than by eye. And because they work off-trail, forest bird monitors must know how to navigate with map and compass or GPS. (Being fairly functional before sunrise is also a prerequisite!)
Looking for an easier challenge? Consider VCE’s Mountain Birdwatch, which features a smaller suite of just 10 bird species and a simple protocol. Plus, in Mountain Birdwatch you’ll reach some of the region’s highest and most striking places.
Birders who can’t quite find the time for either project can still contribute valuable data on bird abundance and distribution. While birding (even casually) here in the Green Mountain State, add your sightings to Vermont eBird. Or if you’re outside of Vermont, you can send your sightings to the national eBird site (which includes Vermont data). Thanks!