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Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Vermont Circles

The Christmas Bird Count is a great time to get together with local bird enthusiasts, to count birds, and to participate in one of the longest-running community science programs in the nation.

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count isn’t just about counting birds, it’s about checking the pulse of the ecosystem we share and delivering practical conservation results based on what we find. The Audubon Christmas Bird Count mobilizes more than 70,000 volunteer bird counters in more than 2,400 locations across the Western Hemisphere, from above the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego. Learn more about the history of the Audubon Christmas Bird Count and view past years' results.

Audubon Christmas Bird Counts are conducted between December 14 to January 5, inclusive dates, every year. Your local count will occur on one day between those dates and typically consists of tallying the number of individuals of each bird species observed in an assigned sector of the 15-mile diameter count circle. At the end of the day, participants report their counts to the count circle compiler, typically in some form of celebration, pot luck, or virtual/in-person get-together. Participate in as many counts as you wish!

Find an Audubon Christmas Bird Count near you.

View Audubon's interactive Christmas Bird Count map to find circles in Vermont and throughout the world:

Listing of Audubon Christmas Bird Count Circles in Vermont:

VERMONT COUNTS (view map):

Dec. 16, 2024
Contact: Jeff MacQueen –
Note from compiler: Pre-assigned party routes in VT and NH, Owlers and feeder watchers are encouraged.

Dec. 16, 2023
Contact: Kevin Hemeon –
Note from compiler: Please contact me if you would like to join us. Everyone starts out on their own and emails their results to me at the end of the day. Owling after midnight the morning of and until midnight the night of is welcome. Keep track of mileage and time spent.

Dec. 16, 2023
Contact: Cory Ross – 
Sponsor Organization: Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society
Note from compiler: New participants are welcome! Please email Cory to sign up.
More Information: –

Dec. 17, 2023
Contact: Jeff Hullstrung-
Compiler: Larry Clarfeld
Sponsor Organization: Green Mountain Audubon Society
Note from compiler: We welcome new members with birding experience who are prepared to commit to a whole day on December 17th working with one of our teams. Those interested in joining our count should not delay. The job of talking to prospective participants, and coordinating with team leaders to find a spot on one of our count teams takes time

Champlain Islands/St. Albans
Dec. 17, 2023
Contact: Terry Marron –
Compiler: Ken Copenhaver
Note from coordinator: We welcome new participants, including Feeder Watchers who live within the circle.

East Franklin County
Dec. 30, 2023
Contact: Annette Goyne –

Dec. 16, 2023
Contact: Mike Winslow –
Sponsor Organization: Forest and Field Club; Otter Creek Audubon Society
Note from compiler: Feeder counters actively wanted. Potluck following the count at Vergennes Congregational Church.

Jan. 1, 2024
Contact: Nancy Martin and Walter Ellison –
Note from coordinator: Counters gather in front of the Hopkins Center in Hanover, NH at 7 AM for route assingments.

Dec. 30, 2023
Contact: Paul Wieczoreck –

Hunger Mountain
Dec. 29, 2023
Contact: Zach Cota-Weaver -
Sponsor Organization: North Branch Nature Center

Island Pond
Dec. 28, 2023
Contact: Bob Stymeist - 
Co-compiler/Sponsor Organization: Northwoods Stewardship Center
Contact: Kelsey Evans -

Lamoille County
Contact Compiler for Date
Contact: Noel
Note from compiler: Each year we meet up on the evening of the count at the Charlemontl Restaurant in Morrisville to deliver counts and share stories, attendance is not required but turnout has been good in past years.

Mad River Valley/Northfield Winter Bird Count
Dec. 15, 2023
Contact: Mad Birders (Jeannie Elias) –
Compiler: Nancy Turner
Sponsor Organization: Mad Birders
Note from compiler: We are especially interested in finding folks from the Berlin, Northfield, Roxbury area to join teams canvassing in those communities.Start time for teams is 8 am, we bird until 4 pm and have a (virtual) social hour at the end of the day.

Dec. 17, 2023
Contact: Jim and Kris Andrews –
Sponsor Organization: Otter Creek Audubon Society

Mt. Abraham
Jan. 1, 2024
Contact: Randy Durand –

Dec. 16, 2023
Contact: Sean Beckett –
Sponsor Organization: North Branch Nature Center
Note from compiler: Plainfield, VT count centers on Goddard College in Plainfield. Routes are assigned in advance by email. At the end of daylight, we meet to tally results and share a potluck at the North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier.

Plattsburgh, NY (reaches the VT Champlain islands)
Dec. 17, 2023
Contact: Michael Burgess –

Randolph Area
Dec. 16, 2023
Contact: Brian Lowe –
Note from compiler: Will take on new participants

Dec. 30, 2023
Contact: Kathleen Guinness –
Compiler: Susan Elliott
Sponsor Organization: Rutland County Audubon Society
Note from compiler: Field participants and feeder counters welcome! If you can, join us for a potluck and countdown of the day's results at the Proctor Free Library at 6 p.m.

Saxton’s River (COUNT CIRCLE FULL)
Dec. 16, 2023
Contact: Don Clark –

Dec. 17, 2023
Contact: Marianne Walsh –
Sponsor Organization: Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society
Note from compiler: We will not be meeting before the count, but we will have a tally gathering after the count.
We can always use more birders who want to join us. Feeder counters are especially welcome.

Tri-County (Essex and nearby towns)
Dec. 16, 2023
Contact: Jason Crooks - 

Dec. 16, 2023
Contact: Ruth Stewart –
Note from compiler: Contact Ruth Stewart at 802 362-1185 or for route assignment and count protocol. We will not meet as a group either before or after the count day.

Dec. 14, 2023
Contact: Sally Laughlin –
Note from compiler: Birders are most welcome to join us, this is our 49th count!


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