• Ivory Gull

    Vermont Bird Records Committee

    The mission of the Vermont Bird Records Committee is to validate records of birds within the state of Vermont and maintain the bird checklist.

    Founded in 1980, the Vermont Bird Records Committee (VBRC) is composed of experienced birders and ornithologists from Vermont as well as the New England seasonal editors of North American Birds. Bird records typically originate as written descriptions and/or photographs that are submitted by observers involved with the discovery of a rare bird, rare nesting species, or out-of-season reports. The committee actively solicits reports of any species on the review list as well as any species not currently on the official Vermont Bird Checklist. Each year the committee publishes an annual report detailing the decisions on all species reviewed during that year. The Committee meets annually in November. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us at .

    A very rare Black-tailed Gull found in Vermont.

    A very rare Black-tailed Gull found in Vermont.


    You can consult the official Vermont Bird Checklist to determine which species require Rare Species Documentation, Rare Nesting Documentation, or Out of Season Report (PDF), as well as our list of subspecies that require reports. Generally, the Committee does not review hybrid birds. For more information on how to complete a report, visit our page – How to Report Rare Bird Sightings.

    Please consider entering all of your bird sightings, rare or common, on Vermont eBird. All records reviewed by VBRC are shared in Vermont eBird.

    The committee meets in late fall each year to review Vermont bird records. Reports are accepted throughout the year.