MANCHESTER - The next bird survey at Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home will be Saturday, March 15, meeting at the Welcome Center at 8 a.m. This begins the eighth year of the free monthly bird walks conducted as a collaborative event by the Vermont Bird Place & Skywatch and Hildene.

They are open to all who enjoy birds, nature and the outdoors. Binoculars are available to borrow. Those planning to attend should wear appropriate dress for the day.

Barred and Great Horned Owls have been hooting love messages with some already incubating eggs while up in Addison County, a few of the 24 Snowy Owls tallied a month ago still linger. The influx of large flocks of robins has everyone commenting and puzzled with not a one Red-winged Blackbird yet reported in the area. A adventuresome American Woodcock was seen flying across the highway in Manchester. What are these birds trying to tell us?

The results of the monthly Hildene surveys are reported to the international database, e-bird. The next bird survey at Hildene will be April 26. Binoculars are available to borrow. Wear appropriate dress for the day.

For more information, contact Randy at 802-362-2270.