Organized by: Brendan Collins
Brendan Collins via Crowdrise
June 13, 2014
EVENT DATE May 31, 2014
BIG DAY results: 24 Hours, 120 bird species counted!! NEW personal record.
We are half way to our goal of raising $1000.00
Birdathon 2014 Species List: Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Turkey Vulture, Canada Goose, Wood Duck, American Black Duck, Mallard, Osprey, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Merlin, Ruffed Grouse, Wild Turkey, Killdeer, Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Common Snipe, American Woodcock, Ring-billed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Rock Dove, Mourning Dove, Black-billed Cuckoo, Barred Owl, Whip-poor-will, Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Alder Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Eastern Phoebe, Great-Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Yellow-throated Vireo, Blue-headed Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Philadelphia Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Common Raven, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, House Wren, Winter Wren, Marsh Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebird, Veery, Bicknell’s Thrush, Swainson’s Thrush, Hermit Thrush, Wood Thrush, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Blue-winged Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat, Canada Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Bobolink, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow
THE WHAT, WHY, WHEN:This year May brings with it the added excitement of planning my first Addison County BIG DAY and Birdathon. This 24-hour quest to locate and identify as many bird species as possible will take place on Saturday, May 31. My team and I plan to begin our day on the alpine slopes of Mt. Abe, covering forest, field, and wetland habitats throughout the county as we work our way toward the shores of Lake Champlain.
The goal of this adventure is to raise funds to help support the establishment of a new bird banding station in Addison County. As many of you know, I have been involved with avian research for over a decade with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies and the Dead Creek Bird Observatory. Our work has focused on protecting important wildlife habitats throughout New England as well as educating the public and students about bird conservation. Analyses of the resulting banding data provide critical information relating to the ecology and management of North American landbird populations, and the factors responsible for changes in these populations.
My students at Red Cedar School will directly benefit from the establishment of the station by helping to run operations during both the fall and spring migration. Bird banding provides students with an opportunity to be involved in research and citizen science while providing an immediate connection with wildlife that helps promote environmental stewardship. Proceeds will be used to purchase nets and banding equipment.