Residents of the Peru, Londonderry and Winhall area are encouraged to join this Bird Count on Dec. 19.
This is a day for participants all over the United States and Canada to count birds from early morning to dusk covering many miles on a driving route, surveying an hour or two in a small neighborhood area or just counting the birds coming to your feeder.
Anyone can help just by keeping feeders full. Even if you don’t wish to count the birds yourself, there will be several “counters” driving the area roads who look for full feeders where there is activity.
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 either by surveying and counting while driving a route or counting the birds at a feeder.
Each of the citizen scientists who annually braves snow, wind, rain, cold, sunshine, heat makes an enormous contribution to conservation.
Audubon and other organizations use the data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations and to help guide conservation action.
Multiple count circles are now established in every U.S. state and Canadian province. There are 23 established count circles in Vermont with the Winhall Circle collecting data since 1968.
Details about the protocol, history, results and information about participating from anywhere can be found at Audubon’s website www.christmasbirdcount.org.