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New VCE Study Reveals Population Health of Mountain Songbirds

October 03, 2017

A 16-year study of mountain forest songbirds across New York and New England, including thrushes, warblers and other iconic species, has documented their population changes. The State of Mountain Birds, a new report by the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, documents the health of bird populations using data from a unique citizen-science project called Mountain Birdwatch. Read more on the VCE Blog »

New Study Reveals Population Estimate and Abundance Map for Rare Bicknell’s Thrush in the U.S.

August 21, 2017

New research by the Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) has revealed that Bicknell’s Thrush likely have one of the smallest population sizes – about 71,000 adult birds – of any migratory songbird within the contiguous U.S. Read the story on the VCE Blog »

Mountain Birdwatch Data Are Now Open Access!

December 10, 2016

Mountain Birdwatch (MBW) data (2010-2016) have gone public! Put on your goggles, because you're about to be swimming in data collected by hundreds of highly-skilled citizen scientists. Now you can view, or even analyze for yourself, the raw data that provided critical insights into montane forest bird trends and defined the U.S. range of the Bicknell's Thrush. Consisting of 137 hiking routes and 759 annual survey points, MBW is the only region-wide source of population information on high-elevation breeding birds in the northeastern U.S. In our commitment to the principles of open data, we are making all current and future MBW data available online to the public and other researchers for collaboration. We recently made MBW 1.0 data (2000-2009) publicly available, and those data have already been downloaded by >100 researchers in the last year. Similarly, we hope that MBW 2.0 data will provide a launching pad for collaboration, and that this will lead to expanded opportunities for these data to inform management and conservation of montane forest bird communities. Check out the data for yourself »

2013 Mountain Birdwatch Report Now Available

November 15, 2013

How does your survey data contribute to the bigger picture of high-elevation birds? What is the status of Bicknell's Thrush in the U.S.? What directions are we considering for the international program? Our Mountain Birdwatch 2013 report discusses Mountain Birdwatch background, trends, and conservation implications; check out the most up-to-date information about our essential high-elevation survey program. Read the report »

Summer Journal: Volunteer in Service to the Bicknell’s Thrush

June 25, 2013

Morning comes early for birders, I discovered, while crawling out of the tent into the pre-dawn darkness. The air felt chilly for mid-June and the silence held the nearly tangible calm of that moment between breaths. “We'll listen to songbirds and hike in the White Mountains,” I had told my mom when I persuaded her to join me on the expedition up Mount Moriah in Gorham, N.H. As we pulled on layers to guard against the chill, she reminded me once again that I had failed to mention that it meant getting up at 3:20 a.m. She hadn’t signed up for this. Read more at the Valley News »