Well-designed monitoring programs provide essential information on distribution, abundance, and population trends. They are used to:

A useful monitoring program requires repeated, standardized surveys conducted over time.

By these standards, and despite many ongoing monitoring efforts, populations of many species in Vermont are not adequately monitored.

The Atlas has a unified but flexible approach, and can provide valuable insights into distributional changes for most breeding species.

Additional, specialized monitoring is needed to sufficiently track Vermont’s bird populations.