Now is the time to spot shorebirds in Vermont

Blackbellied Plover.  Photo by Ian Clark
Blackbellied Plover.
Photo by Ian Clark

 

Greater Yellowlegs.  Photo by Ian Clark
Greater Yellowlegs.
Photo by Ian Clark

 

Killdeer along the Ompompanoosc River, Norwich, VT. Photo by Ian Clark
Killdeer along the Ompompanoosc River, Norwich, VT.
Photo by Ian Clark

 

Solitary Sandpiper. Photo by Ian Clark
Solitary Sandpiper.
Photo by Ian Clark

 

Solitary Sandpiper.  Photo by Ian Clark
Solitary Sandpiper.
Photo by Ian Clark

 

ADDISON, Vt. – The final weeks of August and beginning of September mark a unique birding opportunity in Vermont. Shorebirds, such as plovers and sandpipers, are migrating through the state on their southern journey from northern Canada to the Caribbean and beyond.

One of the best places to spot shorebirds this time of year is at Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area in Addison. The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department lowers water levels on Dead Creek in late summer to provide habitat for migrating shorebirds and other species. Bird-watchers have also reported spotting shorebirds around Sandbar Wildlife Management Area in Milton, Vermont this year.

“The lack of rainfall has led to low water levels this year providing ample habitat for shorebirds, particularly along Lake Champlain,” said John Buck, migratory bird biologist for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. “I’d encourage people to grab their binoculars and camera and take advantage of this brief and exciting birding opportunity.”

Anyone interested in donating to habitat conservation for shorebirds and all species can buy a Vermont Habitat Stamp, available at www.vtfishandwildlife.com.

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