Bountain Birdwatch Photo Collage

Mountain Birdwatch

Vermont Center for Ecostudies

  • June 1–June 30

This is an ongoing Citizen Science Experience. Contact the sponsoring organization to join in.



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Mountain Birdwatch is a long-term monitoring program for Bicknell’s Thrush and other high-elevation forest birds in the Adirondacks, Catskills, Green and White Mountains, and Maine. Mountain Birdwatch data have been used for conservation to: establish protective management zones in the Green Mountain and White Mountain National Forests, appropriately site wind turbines, radio towers, and ski trails, evaluate new Important Bird Areas, and develop conservation strategies for vulnerable species such as the Bicknell's Thrush. Volunteers conduct surveys on mornings throughout June. Hike a scenic mountain trail, enjoy the sunrise, and count birds for conservation!  Beginner to experienced birders are welcome.

Training Required:  You do not need to be an experienced birder to volunteer, but hiking experience is needed. Volunteers must be willing to spend a little time independently to learn 10 bird species by sight and sound. Web training and videos are available, and volunteers will be provided with a CD of the bird songs and calls.

Mountain Birdwatch Website

Questions?  Email Project Biologist Jason Hill (