Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Our Mountain Birdwatch citizen science project is starting a weekly MBW Route Spotlight, focusing on a different high-elevation survey route each week. This week's Route Spotlight is route 81, Resolution, in New Hampshire's White Mountains. A low-traffic hike through a col will allow you to gaze up at rocky cliffs as you climb. Open rock faces and views across the Presidential Range guide you to our survey route, a perfect haven for listening to birds and watching the sun rise. Observers detected Bicknell’s Thrush at two out of six points along this route in 2010 and at five out of six points in 2011; Winter Wren and White-throated Sparrow were also abundant both years. Sound tempting? Adopt this route in June and conduct a dawn survey of ten high-elevation bird species!
Monday, February 13, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Addison County, Vt.; at every corner you could run into a critter. Farms dominate the landscape. It's pretty easy to find barns and silos. Exploring silos are part of the lesson plan for the students enrolled in the Diversified Occupations Program.
"It is a little bit scary. It is high up," said Zachary Saxe of the Diversified Occupations Program. At the top of the abandoned silo is a box made by the students. The box could be the future home to an owl-- a barn owl.
Read more and watch the video report at:
Teaching kids to give a hoot about owls - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-
Friday, February 10, 2012
Nearly 35 years ago, Vermont pioneered the first statewide effort to map the distribution of all bird species breeding within its borders. The Vermont Breeding Bird Atlas, published in 1985, has been an indispensable tool for state agencies and conservation organizations ever since.
Now, after more than a quarter century of changes in land use, climate, and myriad other factors that affect where birds breed, results from the second Vermont Breeding Bird Atlas are available to the public.
For five years, citizen scientists scoured fields, traversed forests, and endured black flies, mosquitos, and broken ankles to collect the more than 30,000 observations that comprise the Atlas database. Their hard work has been compiled, analyzed, summarized, and interpreted to document changes in the state’s bird distributions since the first Atlas.
Complete with detailed accounts for each species, summaries of results, distribution maps, and tables, the Atlas website will be a hallmark reference for anyone needing accessible information on the status of birds that breed in Vermont.
A full-color hard cover Atlas book is now in production and scheduled for release in early 2013. Complete with maps, data tables, full-text species accounts, photos, and interpretive chapters, the publication will serve as a rich, attractive, and user-friendly resource for birders, natural resource managers, and the conservation-interested public.
A State Wildlife Grant from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department (VFWD) was the major funding source for the Atlas project and website.