On Saturday, Dec. 29 bird lovers will gather in small groups to
count birds in various sections of Rutland County. The purpose of
the event is to have fun and to survey bird populations. The
Christmas Bird Count phenomenon of data collection is both the
longest running and most broadly based citizen science project in
this country. Data already collected continues to drive legislation
and policies that designate, protect and sustain birds in
general and those in crisis in particular.
Over the 38 years that Rutland Audubon has done the count 98
species have been found. Last year 60 species were observed. New
records continue to be set and last year was no exception with
counts of 819 Canada Geese, one Eastern Screech-Owl, six
Red-bellied Woodpecker, 136 American Robin and three Yellow-rumped
Warblers. These observations were collected by 34 field
observers and six feeder watchers.
An important tradition of most counts is the "countdown pot luck
dinner," and the Rutland count is no exception. We will gather
at the Proctor Free Library following the count at 6
p.m. Participants and spouses/family are asked to bring a hot
dish, a salad or a desert. Beverages, flatware and utensils
will be provided.
If you participated last year you will be contacted. If not
please give Roy Pilcher a call at 775-3461. The more eyes looking,
the more birds tallied, the end result is more fun!
There are various start times for the different watches being
held throughout Rutland County. More information can be found at
rutlandcountyaudubon.org/events/ or 775-3461.