Do you live in or near one of the circles in the map above? If so, you should consider participating in the Christmas Bird Count. One of the oldest, continuously running, citizen science projects, the CBC has accumulated 112 years of data on the occurrence of wintering birds. To learn about how this information has been used, you can read this article from National Audubon, How the Christmas Bird Count Helps Birds.  There are two ways to participate, as a field observer spending an entire day scouring a territory for birds, or if you live inside a circle, you can be a feeder-watcher, reporting the birds you see in your backyard. Not only is this event a great excuse to get out and bird for a purpose, it is also one of the great birding social events of the year giving you an opportunity to meet and interact with like-minded people.

There are four Christmas Bird Count circles that take place at least partly in Addison County, look below for a list of locations and dates, and who to contact to learn about how you can join in the fun:

Ferrisburgh, Dec. 14 – Contact Mike Winslow for details, 877-6586,

Mt. Abe, Dec. 14 – Contact Randy or Cathy Durand for details, 453-4370,

Middlebury, Dec. 15 – Contact Jim or Kris Andrews for details, 352-4734,

Hinesburg, Dec. 28 – Contact Paul Wieczorek for details, 802-434-4216,

– Ron Payne