Bird Web Resources


Vermont Institute of Natural Science

Founded in 1970, VINS promotes conservation efforts and Vermont's leadership in environmental education and stewardship. The institute conducts biological inventories, ecological research, and maintains several nature centers including a raptor center in Vermont.


Cornell Lab of Ornithology

The Lab is an institution dedicated to interpreting and conserving the earth's biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds.


Audubon Vermont, including important bird areas in Vermont

Audubon was founded at the start of the last century — one of America's earliest organizations dedicated to conservation of birds, other wildlife and essential habitat. Through the active engagement of volunteers at the grassroots level, Audubon Vermont has played an important role in securing key environmental protection in Vermont through environmental education, science and public policy initiatives.


eBird (see also Vermont eBird, below)

eBird, a project developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, provides a simple way for you to keep track of the birds you see anywhere in North America. You can retrieve information on your bird observations, from your backyard to your neighborhood to your favorite bird-watching locations, at any time for your personal use. You can also access the entire historical database to find out what other eBirders are reporting from across North America. In addition, the cumulative eBird database is used by birdwatchers, scientists, and conservationists who want to know more about the distributions and movement patterns of birds across the continent.


Vermont eBird

Each year thousands of birder watchers throughout Vermont carefully record notes on which species they saw, where, and in what numbers. Where will these important and irreplaceable records end up? How will they be used?

For the first time in the history of bird watching, these records can now be made immediately available to researchers, educators, conservation biologists, and other birders, thanks to Vermont eBird, an online checklist of Vermont birds. Created and managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Vermont eBird enables birders to submit sightings from anywhere in Vermont at anytime over the Internet to a vast database of bird records. The records are stored for easy access by anyone with curiosity about the population status, locations, migratory timing, and many other aspects of a particular bird species' life history.

Birders of all skill levels are invited to use Vermont eBird, from beginners to experts, from school children to professional biologists. The site also features current news items about birds and upcoming birding events. 


Birds of North America Online

In two centuries of American ornithology, The Birds of North America (BNA) is only the fourth comprehensive reference covering the life histories of North American birds. Following in the footsteps of Wilson, Audubon, and Bent, BNA makes a quantum leap in information beyond what these historic figures were able to provide. Edited by Drs. Alan Poole and Frank Gill, this series provides detailed scientific information (18 volumes, 18,000 pages in total) for each of the 716 species of birds nesting in the USA and Canada. The print version of BNA was completed in 2002, a joint 10 year project of the American Ornithologists' Union, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Now as an online project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, BNA is poised to become a living resource. Account contents will be updated frequently, with online-coordinated contributions from researchers, citizen scientists, and designated reviewers and editors. In addition, BNA Online will build image and video galleries showing behaviors, habitat, nests, eggs and nestlings, and more. And each online species account will contain recordings of that bird's songs and calls, selected from the extensive collection in Cornell's Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds.


Vermont Breeding Bird Atlas

Breeding Bird Atlases are used throughout the world to document and map the distribution of breeding birds. The first Vermont Breeding Bird Atlas, based on data collected by over 200 volunteers and published in 1985, was one of the first such books in North America. It helped to pave the way for similar Atlases in 30 other states, and has been an important tool for management plans and conservation efforts.

Now, after 25 years of changes in land use, climate, and a myriad of other factors that affect where birds breed, a new Atlas has been published. From 2003 to 2007, volunteers from every corner of the state surveyed the variety of habitats that Vermont offers, from forests and fields to valleys and mountains, keeping record of the birds they found. The data will be valuable for a wide range of conservation efforts for decades to come.


Vermont Nongame and Natural Heritage Program

The Vermont Nongame and Natural Heritage Program (NNHP), is part of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department's Wildlife Division. The focus of the, program area is to inventory, manage, and conserve Vermont's nongame wildlife (vertebrates and invertebrates), native plants, and natural communities.


Endangered & Threatened Animals of Vermont

This list includes birds and other animals protected by the Vermont Endangered Species Law. Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife Nongame and Natural Heritage Program.






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