On December 26, 2018

Join Audubon Society for annual Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, Dec. 29 —RUTLAND— Rutland County Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count and potluck will take place this year on Saturday, Dec. 29. Birds spotted within a 7.5 mile radius of Meads Falls in Center Rutland will be counted by teams of birders and feeder-watchers in this count circle. Counters may participate from dawn to dusk, or for as little as an hour or two.

Data collected will be used to study bird populations around the world. This count is the longest running citizen science program world-wide and is sponsored by Audubon. It has occurred yearly for 119 years and was begun to counter the unethical holiday bird hunts of the 19th century. Interested persons can contact 802-287-9338 for more information or to sign up.

Photo courtesy D. Andrew Saunders

The cardinal  is affectionately called “the Christmas bird.”

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