Catamount Outdoor Family Center Birding
For the past several years the Green Mountain Audubon Society has partnered with the Catamount Outdoor Family Center in Williston to develop its potential as a birding destination in Vermont. Following three years of intensive surveys, lead by former GMAS Board member Carl Runge, the GMAS published a bird checklist for the COFC, which listed 116 species of birds. Since that survey was completed we have continued to monitor birds at the COFC and have added an additional 21 species to this list, including most recently Orchard Oriole, American Woodcock, Black-billed Cuckoo, and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. Carl has described the birding at the COFC for our Hermit Thrush blog previously. His articles are still available for review in the Hermit Thrush section of our website. To find the article simply select the Hermit Thrush link from the toolbar at the top of this page, then choose the publication you want to read from the list that appears. Carl also discusses birding at Catamount as well as several other locations in an article 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 this productive site. The GMAS will sponsor monthly bird walks at the COFC from June-September on the fourth Saturday of each month. 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.