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In this issue of Otter Tracks you will find the following articles:

  • OCAS Annual Dinner Celebrates Amy Clapp and Scott Weidensaul
  • IPCC Special Report
  • The Largest Birds Ever
  • Eye-catching Migrant: White-crowned Sparrow
  • The Master Naturalist Program
  • Bird Extinctions and Newly Discovered Species
  • Another Pollinator Problem
  • OCAS Calendar of Events
  • The Man Who Made “A Big Year for Little Birds”

Otter Creek Audubon Society members will receive a copy in the mail but you can always find the latest issues of Otter Tracks in color on our home page. You can also browse issues going back to the year 2000 in our Otter Tracks Archive.

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In this issue of Otter Tracks you will find the following articles:

    • Audubon Vermont Transitions
    • OCAS Patches!
    • Editorial: Trump’s Campaign against Environmental Protection
    • Bicknell’s Thrush
    • Exciting News Flash!
    • Scott Weidensaul at OCAS’ Annual Dinner
    • Hog Island Audubon Camp: Outstanding Experience
    • OCAS Calendar of Events
    • Environmental Education Grants – In Their Words

Otter Creek Audubon Society members will receive a copy in the mail but you can always find the latest issues of Otter Tracks in color on our home page. You can also browse issues going back to the year 2000 in our Otter Tracks Archive.

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In this issue of Otter Tracks you will find the following articles:

    • Ecstatic Chaos
    • Migratory Bird Treaty Act Weakened
    • Earthworm Concerns
    • A New Fungal Disease in Snakes
    • Our 2018 Hog Island Camper
    • Wright Park Birding!
    • Tough Life for Upland Sandpipers
    • OCAS Trip to Mt. Mansfield
    • Opening Up New Worlds
    • OCAS Calendar of Events

Otter Creek Audubon Society members will receive a copy in the mail but you can always find the latest issues of Otter Tracks in color on our home page. You can also browse issues going back to the year 2000 in our Otter Tracks Archive.

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In this issue of Otter Tracks you will find the following articles:

    • The Great Backyard Bird Count
    • Living in the Plastic Age, an editorial
    • Bioluminescence in Vascular Plants
    • Salamander Escorts
    • OCAS Environmental Education Grants Program
    • Ghosts from the North
    • Calendar of Events
    • Can Birds Smell?

 

Otter Creek Audubon Society members will receive a copy in the mail but you can always find the latest issues of Otter Tracks in color on our home page. You can also browse issues going back to the year 2000 in our Otter Tracks Archive.

– Ron Payne

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The 58th Ferrisburgh Christmas Bird Count took place on Saturday December 16th. It was a fine day for winter birding with temperatures in the mid-20s. Gusts on the lake could get cold, but overall the wind was not too ferocious. The ground sported a light snow cover but little to no precipitation fell during the day. Thirteen teams spent a cumulative 162 hours in the field and received assistance from an additional three feeder watchers. Five teams spent an additional 16 hours owling. As far as birding, overall the numbers were average. We found 78 species plus one count week which is our 10-year average, and our total of 23,365 birds counted is but 5% above the 10-year average. Read the rest of this entry »

This year 39 field birders and 19 observers at feeders located and identified 15,963 birds of 72 species during our Middlebury Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, December 17th.

We survey a 15-mile-diameter count circle centered on the Lemon Fair in eastern Bridport and covering from the A & W Root Beer stand on the east to New York State on the west and from Snake Mt. on the north to Richville Dam on the south.  The Middlebury count is one of over 1,800 held throughout North and Central America.  Owling teams started the day in the predawn blackness.  Field birders met them at 6 AM for breakfast and an organizational meeting at Rosie’s Restaurant.  After breakfast, field birders headed out to their assigned territories. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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 over a century’s worth of data on the occurrence of wintering birds. There are two ways to participate, as a field observer Read the rest of this entry »

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Golden-crowned Kinglet, Greater Sage Grouse, Eastern Phoebe & Northern Parula.

With the holiday season nearly upon us, we are happy to announce that Gary Starr is again graciously offering proceeds from the sale of his bird ornaments to support Otter Creek Audubon Society environmental and educational programs. These beautiful hand-crafted pieces are perfect as gifts, for a Christmas tree, or for use to beautify your home year-round. Please see the order form for a list of all the ornaments available, pricing and instructions on making a purchase.

When ordering by telephone at 802-388-6552 or through the www.starrdecoys.com website, please clearly indicate that your purchase is for this OCAS fundraiser.

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In this issue of Otter Tracks you will find the following articles:

  • Marty Illick Receives the Silver Feather
  • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an Editorial
  • Environmental Education Grants Update
  • An Educator’s Week at Hog Island
  • Is the House Sparrow a Canary?
  • Songbird Response to Montane Climate Change
  • Why Did the Songbird Cross the Road?
  • 2017 Breeding Results for Vermont’s Rare Birds
  • OCAS Calendar of Events
  • The State of Mountain Birds

Otter Creek Audubon Society members will receive a copy in the mail but you can always find the latest issues of Otter Tracks in color on our home page. You can also browse issues going back to the year 2000 in our Otter Tracks Archive.

In this issue of Otter Tracks you will find the following articles:

  • 16th Annual Dead Creek Wildlife Day
  • The Fifth Draft Climate Change Report, an editorial
  • News Flash! Earlier Grant Deadline
  • Naturally Literate: A Checklist Booklet
  • Our First Endangered Bumblebee
  • A Great Year for Monarchs
  • Deer Leap Fire: Peregrines Unaffected
  • What Shape is a Bird’s Egg?
  • Taking Camouflage to a New Level
  • Chipping and American Tree Sparrows

Otter Creek Audubon Society members will receive a copy in the mail but you can always find the latest issues of Otter Tracks in color on our home page. You can also browse issues going back to the year 2000 in our Otter Tracks Archive.

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