Birder Broker COVID-19 Update

Due to the ongoing public health risk posed by Covid-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this summer’s Birder Broker bird surveys. While meeting up in person to conduct bird surveys will not be possible for the Birder Broker project this year, we would like to remind our wonderful landowner and birder partners to keep in touch with us and with each other.

We encourage birders and landowners alike to take this time to develop their birding skills and record the birds they are noticing on their properties by using Vermont eBird. From our Birder Broker eBird webinar to the Bird Diva’s array of online birding workshops, there are numerous ways to boost your birding skills that we hope you take advantage of. Keep an eye on the Vermont Atlas of Life events page for upcoming webinars on birding and other natural history topics. Last but not least, if you’re looking for an excuse to spend a day outside birding, consider joining the Vermont Center for Ecostudies’ Backyard Bird Quest at the end of May!

We look forward to the spring of 2021 when we will be playing matchmaker once again with curious landowners and knowledgeable birders across the state, as we strive to build relationships and document the breeding birds of Vermont’s private forested lands to inform conservation and sustainable management.

The Birder Broker Team

Bridget Butler
Bird Diva Consulting

Emily Anderson
Vermont Center for Ecostudies

Nathaniel Sharp
Vermont Center for Ecostudies

Have you ever wondered what birds are nesting on your property? Maybe you want to monitor how their populations are doing on your working lands? Perhaps you are an experienced birder looking for new places to explore and put your skills to use for others? Welcome to Birder Broker, a new way to connect birders with landowners for better bird conservation. Birder Broker connects landowners interested in learning more about birds breeding on their property with experienced birders looking for new places to go birding while at the same time contributing their expertise. Over 80% of forested land in Vermont is privately owned making these incredibly important places for nesting birds. Landowners and birders together can help us understand more about breeding bird populations, and how together we might keep them healthy.

How does it work?

Landowners who are interested in finding out what types of birds are using their property and monitoring their populations each year, sign up through our online form. At Birder Broker, we match each landowner to an experienced birder and then send the landowner their name and email for them to contact. Together, the landowner and the birder set up a walking route to survey birds on the property. In June and early July, the birder, often with the landowner, will walk the route on three different mornings recording all the birds heard and seen. The data is captured in Vermont eBird and shared with the landowner.

Experienced birders interested in being paired with a landowner must be familiar with or willing to learn how to use Vermont eBird. You will need to fill out our online form with some details about your experience birding, the regions in Vermont that you’d be willing to survey, and your contact information. You will then be paired with a landowner who will reach out to you to schedule your first visit.

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