WINHALL >> Local birders and nature enthusiasts are invited to join the annual Winhall Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Saturday, Dec. 19. This is a day for participants to count birds from midnight to 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 around their home. It's not just a species tally — all birds seen or heard are counted all day, giving an indication of the total number of birds in the circle that day. The CBC is the longest running Citizen Science survey in the world.
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, S. 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.
Details about the protocol, history, results and count area can be found at Audubon's website: http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count. Data generated from over 2,300 count circles provides critical information on population trends and the long-term health and status of bird populations throughout the Americas. To help with the Winhall count contact Ruth Stewart, 802 362-1185 or firstname.lastname@example.org.