MANCHESTER - The 114th annual Winhall Christmas Bird Count will be Saturday, Dec. 14. This is a day for participants to count birds from early morning to dusk covering many miles on a driving route, or to survey an hour or two in a small neighborhood area or to just check on the feeder activity from their home. The CBC is the longest running Citizen Science survey in the world, Christmas Bird Count provides critical data on population trends.

Anyone can help. The Winhall 15 mile diameter count circle is 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.

It encompasses 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 bird surveys at Hildene are a collaborative event by the Vermont Bird Place & Skywatch and Hildene. National Audubon coordinates the Christmas Bird Counts.

For more information, contact Randy at 362-2270. More information can also be found at http://birds.