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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 »

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

  • The Status of Vermont Forest Birds
  • Getting the Lead Out: Progress Reversed!
  • In Memorium: Chandler S. Robbins
  • Cat Wars: a review
  • Wright Park Birding
  • The Great Amphibian Migration
  • Picking a Winner
  • Happy Campers
  • Taking Camouflage to a New Level
  • Environmental Education Grant Recipients

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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On Saturday, April 8, OCAS hosted the bi-annual Audubon Assembly, this time taking place at Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area in Addison. These meetings are a regular opportunity for board members of Audubon Chapters around the state to get together with representatives of Audubon Vermont and talk about our programs and, local, state and Federal issues, and the challenges we all face. Read the rest of this entry »

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

  • The 20th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count
  • Which Bird Migrates Furthest?
  • Sign Up for 2017 Salamander Escorts
  • Evening Grosbeaks: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?
  • VT Photo Big Year
  • OCAS Calendar of Events
  • Addison County Christmas Bird Counts
  • Black Vultures Moving In

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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This year 42 field birders and 13 observers at feeders located and identified 24,073 birds of 72 species in during our Middlebury Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, December 18th.  

Water bodies within our count circle had remained open through the Thursday before the count when temperatures dropped and most still water froze over.  Access to water allows ducks, geese, eagles, herons, kingfishers, and other water-related birds to continue to find food in the Lake Champlain basin.  Despite the freeze, field teams found 13 of the 44 water-related species that we have located over the 28 years of the count.  Ducks and geese were identified while sitting in fields, flying overhead, and occasionally sitting on the ice.  In addition, two Great Blue herons were found near small patches of remaining open water.  The team of Ian Worley, Ethan Fenn, and Richard Harlow identified a flock of 16 Black scoters flying south over the icy lake.  This is the first time this species has been identified during our count, though it is irregularly seen during X-mas counts held further north of us in the open waters of Lake Champlain.  A new record of 15 Bald eagles were counted in our circle as well.  Some of these may have been our own local eagles that are now returning to nest in Addison County for the first time in decades. Read the rest of this entry »

The 57th Ferrisburgh Christmas Bird Count took place on Saturday December 17th. Our field teams fought through a snowy morning, but the afternoon was clear. Temperatures sat in the high teens and twenties through the day. The lake was mostly open, but inland waters and Otter Creek were mostly frozen. Thirty-seven people in 12 field teams spent 132 hours searching for birds. Their efforts were supplemented by three feeder watchers.  All together the teams came up with 16,927 birds of 74 species with three additional count week species. Over the last ten years we have averaged 78 species and just over 22,000 birds. Read the rest of this entry »

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