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38th Annual Island Pond Christmas Bird Count

Join the NorthWoods Stewardship Center for the Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Thursday, December 15th at 7:15 am.

The Count is a century-old tradition involving thousands of volunteers throughout the western hemisphere.

Participants will be part of the largest and longest-running wildlife survey on the planet and contribute to an impressive wealth of knowledge on bird populations.

2011 marks the 112th year of the Audubon Christmas Bird Count and the 38th consecutive running of the count in Island Pond, the northern-most count in Vermont.

The Island Pond Count has produced uncommon boreal species in past years, such as the boreal chickadee, gray jay, and black-backed woodpecker.

Coordinator Jayson Benoit anticipates this year’s count to be one for the record books, due to winter’s late arrival in the north country.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about bird communities and ecology of northern Vermont.  Experience the comraderie of this tradition while contributing valuable scientific data about our resident bird species.

Beginners are welcome. The cost of the event is $5.

Registration required.

Contact Jayson Benoit at or call 723-6551 x113.

Meanwhile, keep your eyes open for the visiting Snowy Owl!
Sitings have been documented in a number of places here in Vermont, including Brattleboro and along Lake Champlain… This is a rare experience. Like in the Arctic Circle, they prefer open ground, along waterways, hang out low, like on a fence post. They might be hunting for rodents and on occasion, fish.  In the arctic they regularly feast on Lemmings. Don’t forget your camera!

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