OCAS members scouting a power line right-of-way in New Haven

OCAS is participating through Audubon Vermont with VELCO in a citizen science project to monitor the occurrence of shrubland birds along VELCO powerline rights-of-way in Addison County. The project will cover VELCO rights-of-way from West Rutland Marsh to Burlington. Rutland County Audubon and Green Mountain Audubon will monitor shrubland habitat in Rutland and Chittenden counties respectively. Shrubland birds, including Golden-winged Warblers, Blue-winged Warblers, Prairie Warblers, Brown Thrashers, Eastern Towhees and Field Sparrows, have experienced significant population declines in the Northeast. Audubon Vermont will provide VELCO with occurrence data on these species in powerline rights-of-way and offer guidelines for managing powerlines to benefit shrubland birds.

– Warren King