This month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland took place on a frosty morning when the starting time temperature was a mere 9°F. It was however a sunny and windless morning so the four people who came out did not suffer too badly from the cold. 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 »


Barred Owl, Mourning Dove, Green Heron & Atlantic Puffin.

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 website, please clearly indicate that your purchase is for this OCAS fundraiser.


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.



This month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland took place on a wet morning, but still a group of three observers ably led by volunteer, Jim Phillips still managed to generate some good bird lists. At the Park they started off looking at a profusion of 55 European Starlings which generally mass in the trees North of the Read the rest of this entry »


Nine hearty birders came out on a cold and damp morning for this month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland. Despite the dreary weather the birds were quite active right from the start with a singing Carolina Wren and Yellow-rumped Warblers observed right from the parking lot of the park. Further down the trail we saw Read the rest of this entry »


Waterproof field books allowed for year-round observations for the Starksboro 3/4 class.

Otter Creek Audubon Society (OCAS), 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.
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Invitation (pdf). Print the second page and mail to make a reservation. (SOLD OUT)

On Thursday November 8, 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 »


As always, a beautiful view

This past Sunday, 19 people trekked up to the top of Buck Mountain in Waltham in the hopes of finding migrating hawks. With temps in the 80s, it was a warm day for a hike, but enjoyable nonetheless. On our way up, the birds were mostly quite but for some Blue Jays and Eastern Wood-pewees, but we entertained ourselves with finding amphibians Read the rest of this entry »


This month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland on a breezy morning with a persistent front of clouds holding off the sun overhead, which made it feel like we were experiencing the first real cold snap of fall. At the park we had a little lesson in identifying Ravens which were molting the central tail feathers to make them Read the rest of this entry »