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Hello Birders,

The Vermont Bird Records Committee (VBRC) is pleased to announce a new
online form with media uploading for reporting observations of rare,
out-of-season, and rare nesting bird species in the state. The tool was
created for the committee by the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Visit the
VBRC web site at http://vtecostudies.org/wildlife/wildlife-watching/vbrc/.

Founded in 1980, the mission of the VBRC is to validate records of birds
within the State of Vermont and maintain the state bird checklist. The
committee is composed of expert birders and ornithologists from Vermont.

This new online form has been prepared to encourage full and detailed
documentation of rare or unseasonal birds observed in Vermont. Please use
this online form only. We do not accept paper or emailed forms. These
reports represent a permanent record of the observation and should be as
detailed as possible. New reports are reviewed annually by the VBRC, which
evaluates records for their acceptability to future researchers and for
inclusion in the official Vermont State Bird List.

Bird records typically originate as written descriptions and/or photographs
that are submitted by observers involved with the discovery of a rare bird,
rare nesting species, or out-of-season reports. The committee actively
solicits reports of any species on the review list as well as any species
not currently on the official Vermont Bird Checklist. Each year the
committee publishes an annual report detailing the decisions on all species
reviewed during that year. The Committee meets annually in November.

You can consult the official Vermont Bird Checklist to determine which
species require Rare Species Documentation, Rare Nesting Documentation, or
Out of Season Report, as well as our list of subspecies that require
reports on our web site at
http://vtecostudies.org/wildlife/wildlife-watching/vbrc/.

Please consider entering all of your bird sightings, rare or common, on
Vermont eBird (http://ebird.org/content/vt/), a project of the Vermont
Atlas of Life (http://val.vtecostudies.org/). All accepted records reviewed
by VBRC, if not added by the observer(s), are shared in Vermont eBird and
are fully searchable there.

Thank you for helping us to document Vermont's birds.

Kent McFarland
VBRC co-chair and Vermont eBird portal manager

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Kent McFarland
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
802.649.1431 x201

<http://vtecostudies.org/>