- Created on Sunday, 16 June 2013 13:41
Catamount Family Center Birding
For the past several 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, led 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 19 species to this list, including Orchard Oriole, American Woodcock, and Black-billed Cuckoo. In 2009 and 2011 Carl described the birding at the COFC for our Hermit Thrush blog. These articles are still available for 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. Carl also discusses birding at Catamount in our Birding Hotspots section under the category of Williston.
This year the GMAS is partnering with the COFC once again to encourage Vermont birders to visit the Center. The GMAS will sponsor monthly bird walks at the COFC from May-September, starting on Friday, May 29. These walks are 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 checklist.