WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — While some Vermonters spend the day opening presents, eating a big meal or going to church, others take to the woods for a tradition from 1900. It’s the annual Christmas Bird Count.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife biologist Steve Parren tells the Brattleboro Reformer (http://bit.ly/UpenMB ) the annual bird count was begun 112 years ago by ornithologist Frank Chapman, who changed the focus of what had been a traditional Christmas hunt into a census.
In Vermont, birders focus on more than a dozen specific areas around the state, looking for species ranging from horned grebes to red-bellied woodpeckers.
Events connected with the bird count run through Jan. 5 and can be found at the Vermont eBird website at ebird.org/content/vt/.