Birdwatching in Vermont / Edition 1

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Designed to appeal to expert and backyard birdwatchers alike, this comprehensive guide reveals where, when, and how to watch and enjoy birds in Vermont. It not only offers the latest information about the seasonal status and distribution of birds in Vermont but also features a thorough introduction to the art and practice of birdwatching, including optics, ethics, migration, and conservation. Packed into its pages is expert advice on rare species, Christmas bird counts, the Vermont landscape, helpful resources for the birdwatcher, and more. Written for people just starting out or accomplished regional birders, this is the essential companion to traditional birdwatching field guides.

The heart of the book is the detailed descriptions and maps to more than 120 Vermont birdwatching areas, from the Champlain Lowlands to the summit of Mt. Mansfield. Drawing upon their extensive knowledge of the habits and habitats of Vermont birds, the authors have divided the state into ten regions, each with a rich diversity of birdwatching destinations. The guide also features informative accounts of the 296 bird species regularly seen in Vermont, including their preferred habitats and an innovative graph illustrating when each is most likely to be encountered. The authors, experienced naturalists and guides, have written the essential guide to discovering the joys of birding in Vermont.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584651888
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 784,456
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

TED MURIN is a native Vermonter and tireless birdwatcher who has spent years investigating and documenting the distribution and seasonal status of birds in Vermont. Whether climbing mountains, paddling rivers, or withstanding a gale off the shores of Lake Champlain, he is most content in the pursuit of a greater understanding and appreciation of nature. Ted lives in South Burlington, Vermont.

BRYAN PFEIFFER is a naturalist, writer, photographer, and founder of a nature touring company, Vermont Bird Tours. His articles and essays on nature have appeared in the The New York Times, Field and Stream, and Vermont Life, among others. He is host of the award-winning radio show, “For the Birds.” Bryan lives in Plainfield, Vermont, where he wanders the woods and fields enjoying everything from birds to butterflies, frogs to ferns.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
How to Use This Book xii
Chapter 1 The Landscape and Seasons 1
The Lay of the Land 1
Habitats and Their Birds 3
The Seasons of Vermont Birds 6
Vacationing in Vermont 8
Chapter 2 Watching and Enjoying Birds 9
Getting Started: Tips for Beginners 9
Building Skills and Understanding Birds 17
Responsible Birdwatching 18
Christmas Bird Count 19
Migration Watching 21
Safety 27
Road Maps 29
Chapter 3 Conservation 30
Chapter 4 Birdwatching Areas 35
Northwestern Vermont 37
Burlington Region 47
Central Champlain Valley 55
Southern Champlain Valley 61
Rutland Region 71
Southwestern Vermont 79
Southeastern Vermont 87
Upper Connecticut River Valley 93
North Central Vermont 99
Northeast Kingdom 109
Vermont State Parks 119
Wildlife Management Areas 119
The Long Trail 119
Chapter 5 Species Accounts 121
Regular Species 121
Accidental Species 168
Resources 177
Index 183
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