- Created on Sunday, 16 June 2013 13:41
Catamount Family Center Birding
For the past five years the Green Mountain Audubon Society has worked with the Catamount Outdoor Family Center in Williston to develop its potential as a birding destination in Vermont. Following three years of intensive bird surveys, lead by former GMAS Board member Carl Runge, the GMAS published a bird checklist for the COFC in 2011 which listed 116 species of birds. Since that time we have continued to monitor birds at the COFC and have added an additional 18 species to this list, including Orchard Oriole, American Woodcock, and Black-billed Cuckoo. In 2009 and 2011 Carl described our experience birding at the COFC for our Hermit Thrush blog. These articles are available for your review in the Hermit Thrush section of our website. To find them simply select the Hermit Thrush link from the toolbar at the top of this page, then choose the year of publication from the drop down menu.
This year the GMAS is partnering with the COFC once again to encourage Vermont birders to visit the Center. On May 19, the GMAS conducted its annual Birdathon at the COFC during which we identified a whopping 75 species of birds, including those elusive Orchard Orioles. This summer the GMAS will sponsor monthly bird walks at the COFC from May-September. These walks will be free and open to the public. Consult the Events section of our website for details.
We hope that many members of the birding community in Vermont will take advantage of free access to the COFC during these walks to explore its varied habitats and to add to our knowledge of its birds. Here is a link to a printable version of the COFC bird list.