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FAQ for Birding in Vermont

Q: What birds can be found in Vermont?
  -  Vermont Daily Field Card: This is a great checklist that can be used for day-to-day
     birding in Vermont. It includes rarity and time of year for each species. (inactive as of 7/6/15)
  -  Vermont State List: A list of all birds ever seen in Vermont, even if they were only
     seen once. (updated 1/9/15)
  -  Breeding Bird Atlas: Contains a list of known breeding birds in Vermont and includes
     maps of where breeding has occured.
  -  Vermont eBird Bar Chart: The powerful eBird website allows for a bar chart displaying the
     frequency at which birds occur throughout the year in our state. You can submit your
     sightings to eBird too! (added 1/9/15)

Q: Where are the best places to see birds in Vermont?
  -  VT eBird Hotspot Explorer: A new feature to the eBird website that allows you to
     browse a map of hotspots and see which birds have been seen there. (updated 10/18/13)
  -  Vermont Bird Hikes and Walks: A download Inspired by Scott Sainsbury, compiled by Maeve Kim, and created by 20+ Vermont birders (updated 7/6/15)
  -  Birding Guide to Chittenden County: A resource from Green Mountain Audubon. (updated 8/19/13)
  -  Birdwatching in Vermont, by Bryan Pfeiffer and Ted Murin, is an excellent resource
     for birding in the state.
owl  -  Birdwatching in the Mad River Valley: The "Mad Birders" have posted a list of places to
     bird in the Mad River Valley on their website.
  -  Lake Champlain Birding Trail: A free guide to birding spots along the lake. (website inactive as of 8/19/13)
  -  Connecticut River Birding Trail: A $5 guide to birding spots along the Connecticut. (website inactive as of 8/19/13)
  -  Vermont Independence Birding Map : These are Vermont birding sites with access for folks who might use a cane,
      walker or wheelchair.

Q: What are good Identification Guides?
A: There are many great identification guides and you may ultimately want to obtain several. Some have different features and/or styles such as detailed life history, range maps that appear next to plates, photos vs. illustrations, etc. Some may be small & compact (for field use) while others may be bulky but comprehensive. Furthermore, some guides are specific to a certain region (ie, Eastern vs. Western) or type of bird (Gulls, warblers, shorebirds, etc.) Below are some suggestions:
  -  Cornell's "All About Birds": an free, online guide
  -  Merlin is a free bird identification app from Cornell Lab of Ornithology. (added 11/11/14)
  -  Sibley Guides
  -  Peterson Guides
  -  Audubon Guides
  -  Stokes Guides

Q: What are some good resources for beginner birders?
A: There are many resources scattered throughout the internet, but here are a few to get started with:
  -  Nine Tips For Beginning Bird Watchers
  -  Advice on Choosing Birding Optics
  -  ABA Code of Birding Ethics

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