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Ron Payne
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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.

 

This month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland started off amid cold, wind and snow flurries, giving us the first real bite of winter for the year. And the birds seemed to be feeling the weather too as they were hard to come by as we walked the park. As frequently happens though, one of our first observations was a singing Read the rest of this entry »

This month’s wildlife walks at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland began pleasently with the sound of a Carolina Wren singing near the parking lot. As we went down the trail we had a nice bit of drama as there was a three-way altercation between a Red-tailed Hawk, an immature Cooper’s Hawk and an American Crow. They circled together Read the rest of this entry »

Otter Creek Audubon Society, the Addison County chapter of the National Audubon Society, is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of grants to help finance environmental education projects for Addison County schools. The mission of Otter Creek Audubon Society is to protect birds, other wildlife and their habitats by encouraging a culture of conservation within Addison County. All local efforts are volunteer-run. Read the rest of this entry »

On Thursday November 9, the Otter Creek Audubon Society will be holding our Annual Dinner and Meeting, a chance for us to get together with the OCAS community and celebrate the work we have done over the past year, and the volunteers who have made that work possible. Read the rest of this entry »

This past Sunday Otter Creek Audubon held our annual hawk watch at Buck Mountain in Waltham. As always scheduling this event is a bit of a gamble because we can never predict the weather far enough in the future to know whether or not the conditions will be good. Last year for example we were rained out. But this year lucked into a sunny and Read the rest of this entry »

 

 

This month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grasland started off under beautiful waning moon still hanging in an early morning sky. In the plants along the trail we notices a large number of dew-covered spider webs, many with Banded Garden Spiders sitting in the middle of them. As we reached the boardwalk we discovered a Read the rest of this entry »

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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Nine people came out for an excellent walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland this past Saturday. One of our best finds of the day came early on at the park when we saw an immature Chestnut-sided Warbler in an apple tree. Down at the end of a boardwalk we had two Belted Kingfishers fly right past us giving their rattling call. A Read the rest of this entry »