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Join Mountain Birdwatch

Hike mountains. Count birds. Be merry. Rock a cool T-shirt.

That could be you, celebrating your first Mountain Birdwatch route, in the images above. Mountain Birdwatch features a short list of 10 birds and one loud mammal (red squirrel) to survey, a simple protocol, concise training materials and one-on-one help for participants, so just about any hiker with an interest in birds can join. Surveys take place on any morning in June (you choose the date), starting 45-minutes before sunrise–don’t worry, the birds will be singing excitedly in the dark. Observers should have good hearing and the ability to navigate the steep trails of our region. We’ve now got Mountain Birdwatch T-shirts and hoodies–get yours today.

Interested? Of course you are–young or old, experienced or untried–you can do this! Look at those photos! Getting started is easy.

On the map below, each route’s color indicates its availability for 2019 (check back frequently). I’m currently contacting observers from last year, and determining which routes are available for 2019. As I make these determinations, you’ll see the marker color change from gray (waiting for confirmation from past observer, which will likely happen by March 1st at the latest) to orange (available for 2019) or blue (already adopted for 2019). Each route contains 3-6 locations on hiking trails where you’ll conduct bird surveys on a morning in June–click on the dot to learn more about that route. Choose at least one available route to survey. Once you adopt a route, it’s yours until you no longer want it. You can always switch routes in subsequent years. Email me (Jason Hill, jhill “at” vtecostudies.org), let me know what route you want, and I’ll walk you through everything. You can see photos and read descriptions of the sampling stations for your desired route by clicking on the dots below or following the corresponding link to its state: New YorkVermontNew Hampshire, or Maine.

Click on the full screen icon (looks like a box) in the upper right corner of the map below to open full screen and to see the legend.

Still wondering if you can do this? It’s only 10 bird species and 1 (loud, chattering, I wish-you’d-be-more-quiet) mammal and one morning in June. Want a little extra help? I have two interns each summer who can meet you at your route, and walk you through it. You don’t have to be an expert–just enthusiastic. You can do it–we’d love to have you be a part of Mountain Birdwatch!