Public Invited to Participate in Winhall Christmas Bird Count
Local birders and nature enthusiasts are invited to join the annual Winhall Christmas Bird Count on Saturday. December 17. This is a day for participants to count birds from midnight to early morning to dusk, covering many miles on a driving route, or surveying for an hour or two in a small neighborhood area, or just checking on feeder activity in your backyard. It’s not just a species tally; all birds seen or heard are counted all day within the 15-mile diameter count circle, centered one mile south of the four corners on Winhall Hollow Road, north of Gale Meadows. The west border is Manchester Depot; north just south of Weston village; east at the edge of Windham village and south almost to Jamaica, encompassing the villages of Peru, Landgrove, Londonderry, South Londonderry, Bondville and Rawsonville as well as Stratton, Bromley and Magic Ski areas. Many counters are needed to cover this circle. Particularly important are counts from people living within this area who are feeding the birds.
The 117th Christmas Bird Count is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the US, Canada and many countries in the Western Hemisphere go out over a 24 hour period on one calendar day to count birds. Details about the protocol, history, results and count area can be found at audubon.org/conservation/join-christmas-bird-count. Data generated from over 2300 count circles provides critical information on population trends and the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America and, now, into South America. To help with the Winhall count, contact Ruth Stewart at 802 362-1185 or firstname.lastname@example.org.