Vermont's breeding bird atlas of 1985 was a landmark tool to guide conservation and provided baseline maps of Vermont's bird fauna. Now, after a quarter century of change, The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont, one of the most comprehensive Vermont wildlife publications ever produced, provides a vital tool for state- and region-wide bird conservation and appreciation. A product of the single largest citizen science project in Vermont's history, The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont presents the fruits of a five-year labor of love and dedication from 350 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. Their more than 30,000 hours afield documented breeding birds across the state, providing a new, up-to-date "state of the birds" resource on breeding in Vermont.
One of the first second-generation atlases to be completed in North America, this edition documents changes in breeding bird distributions by comparing current figures to those in the 1985 atlas. This indispensable and visually stunning reference includes full-color photographs, maps, graphs, and descriptions of over 200 species. In addition, the contributors present a full accounting of data collection and methods; a guide to the biogeography of Vermont; and essays on changes in habitats, climate, land use, and their impact on Vermont's bird communities over the past twenty-five years. A treasure trove of information for birders – and an invaluable reference for ornithologists, conservationists, and land use planners – The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont will influence and guide our understanding and management of avian species in Vermont for decades to come.
"Although the data is online, this atlas will renew your faith in the printed word [...] This isn't a field guide. It's about distribution and population of Vermont breeding birds. Yet it's presented in a way – including full color on every page – that is accessible and attractive. It's an impressive work of science and a coffee-table book as well. For folks who have yet to discover birds, this volume is an ideal complement to a basic birdwatching field guide. It offers insights about Vermont birds – how they live – far beyond what you can find in any field guide."
– Stowe Today
"This beautiful and comprehensive atlas will be an essential reference for land managers, birders, and anyone who cares about the nature of Vermont. Revealed in these pages are trends and changes, even a few surprises, in bird populations during the last few decades." – David Sibley, author and illustrator of The Sibley Guide to Birds
"This volume is a treasure, a labor of love for lovers of birds. Essential reading for specialists and general readers who care about our feathered brothers and sisters."
– David Budbill, poet and playwright
- List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
- INTRODUCTION, METHODS, AND GENERAL RESULTS
- Data Collection
- Vermont's Third-generation Atlas
- THE BIOGEOGRAPHY OF VERMONT
- Biophysical Regions of Vermont
- Bird Conservation Regions
- Habitats and Associated Bird Species
- Land Cover and Land Use Change
- Climate Change
- BIRD CONSERVATION IN VERMONT
- Primary Threats
- Other Potential Threats
- Conserving Vermont's Birds: Past, Present, and Future
- Interpreting Species Accounts
- Species Accounts
- Habitats, Safe Dates, and Additional Survey Methods
- Species Found during the Second Atlas
- Number of Priority 1 Blocks in which Each Species Occurred in First and Second Atlases
- Changes in the Number of Blocks Occupied by Each Species
- Latin Names of Non-avian Species
- Photo Credits
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Rosalind B. Renfrew is director of the Vermont Breeding Bird Atlas as well as a conservation biologist with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies