A Christmas Bird Count (CBC) has been proposed for Randolph and vicinity by Rick Enser, a relatively new Braintree resident. Rick relocated here from Rhode Island and a career as a wildlife biologist for the State of Rhode Island. He has conducted CBCs his entire adult life and is an expert birder. He feels that Randolph and vicinity is an ideal location for a Christmas Bird Count because it has so many residents that are very interested in our wildlife
In Vermont, over fifteen counts are conducted throughout the state, from Bennington to Burlington, Island Pond to Brattleboro, but there is currently no count in the Randolph area, the geographic center of the state. The closest counts are conducted in Norwich/Hanover, Woodstock, and Plainfield, leaving a significant portion of the state's core uncounted.
This year's CBC period runs from December 15, 2007 to January 4, 2008. Using downtown Randolph as the center point, the count area would include most of the towns of Randolph and Braintree, large portions of Brookfield, Bethel, and Tunbridge, as well as sections of Rochester, Royalton, and Roxbury. This large area will require a group of volunteers organized as teams, each team covering a portion of the count circle. Also critical to the effort are "feeder watchers" who reside within the circle and can submit a count of the birds visiting their feeders on the assigned day.
In order to qualify as an official CBC, an application must be received by National Audubon before September 15th, and it must show that at least 10 volunteers will be taking part. At this time, the count is scheduled for Saturday, December 15th; however, this date can be changed depending on the availability of volunteers. If you are interested in participating please contact Rick by email at [log in to unmask] or by phone at 802-431-0063. You do not need to be an "expert" birdwatcher to participate, just an interest in bird conservation and a willingness to spend a day in the field searching the area's fields and forests for wintering birds.