Vermont Bird lovers flocked to Quechee to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count.
"There is a bird that I've been really wanting to see and I just saw it," said Joey Haines of St. Johnsbury.
The bird watch is hosted by VINS and is a part of global four-day event. The research collected annually at these events helps scientists monitor trends and patterns in bird populations.
Noella Krakowski with VINS said Vermont bird watchers are in the perfect place to do just that. "We are kind of in a really good in between spot, so we can see both effects of things that have happened up North as well as things that have happened down south," she said.
This is the 4th year that VINS has participated in the event, and so far Krakowski said hey aren't seen any major changes. "We see a lot of the common birds that everyone sees -- especially goldfinches, but we haven't seen anything that drastically says oh something is really different this year and then it starts a new trend," she said.
This event used to be only across the nation, but for the first time it's going global. "You get little snapshots -- you put that whole thing together and you will get the whole big picture," Krakowski said.
Last year, the Great Backyard Bird Count collected over 17 million birds. This year -- across the globe -- they expect to see that number get even bigger. And for bird lovers, counting birds with people around the world is very exciting. "When you start compiling all the other places that are involved, all the other parts of the world, I have no idea what we can expect. The possibilities are endless there," Krakowski said.
"It's exciting to feel like we are a part of the important work that real scientists are doing," said Kathleen Haines of St. Johnsbury.
In addition to helping count birds for research, others were happy simply to see the birds. Young or old, experienced or not, Krakowski and Haines both agree that bird watching has something for everyone. "No matter who you are, it can touch you. You can get involved if you like being outside or not. You can still do it. You can go outside and do it, you can stay inside and do it. It's an equal opportunity event for everyone no matter what level of science you are," Krakowski said.
"Birds are such a common part of our environment and an easily accessible piece of nature for everybody no matter where they live," Kathleen Haines said.
The world wide bird count comes to an end Monday morning.
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