During the next month or two, Vermont will become a bird and birder's paradise, as thousands of winged migrants come here, to the Northern Boreal Forest, to make their summer home and nest!

The forests of Vermont and Northern New England are a globally important resource for birds. According to Audubon Vermont, our forests are home to the highest concentration of bird species breeding in the continental United States.

This makes springtime the perfect time to see and hear birds in Vermont, particularly migratory songbirds!

Best of all, these birds are dressed up in their best clothes, wearing their bright, dazzling springtime plummage for courting and breeding.

It's not just Vermont's forests, mountain heights, and waterways that attract a huge variety of bird species, but also your backyard! Find out how to make your home a welcome spot for birds here.

A great place to learn about local birds is at the Birds of Vermont Museum, in Huntington, where visitors can study hundreds of beautifully carved, anatomically correct birds, all native to Vermont. 

Outside the museum, extensive nature trails connect to Audubon Vermont, beckoning the explorer and the naturalist. You can also watch hundreds of birds up close as they visit the museum's bear-proof, bird-feeding station.

Events like the 2011 Birdathon promise fun and learning for the whole family, while supporting local conservation!

Happy birding!