Christmas bird count under way
WATERBURY While some Vermonters spend the day opening presents, eating a big meal or going to church, others take to the woods for a tradition from 1900. Its the annual Christmas Bird Count.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife biologist Steve Parren told the Brattleboro Reformer that the annual bird count was begun 112 years ago by ornithologist Frank Chapman, who changed the focus of what had been a traditional Christmas hunt into a census.
In Vermont, birders focus on more than a dozen specific areas around the state, looking for species ranging from horned grebes to red-bellied woodpeckers.
Events connected with the bird count run through Jan. 5 and can be found at the Vermont eBird website at ebird.org/content/vt/.