Those who love birds are taking to the woods and fields during this holiday period for annual Christmas Bird Counts.
Counting birds around Christmas-time is a century-old tradition according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. It stemmed from a tradition of holding Christmas morning hunts in which participants competed to see how many birds they could kill. But in 1900, ornithologist Frank Chapman changed the focus to counting birds. It's now considered to be one of the largest birding events in the world.
In Vermont, there are more than a dozen count areas. The dates and locations can be found on the Vermont Ebird website: http://ebird.org/content/vt/news/VT_CBC