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RSENR Big Part of New Breeding Bird Atlas of Vermont

Cover of The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont
Cover of The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont

The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont was released in April with many contributions from our Rubenstein School community.  Edited by Rosalind Renfrew (WFB ’89), biologist with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, the project leader, in partnership with the State of Vermont, University of Vermont, and other organizations, this comprehensive wildlife publication includes full color photographs, maps, graphs, and insightful interpretations for more than 200 species of birds.

Documenting changes in breeding bird distributions since the 1985 Atlas, this second generation Atlas guides our understanding and management of bird species across the state for decades to come.  In addition to accounts of the status of each species breeding in the state, the 576-page Atlas includes 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 quarter century.

Our own Ernie Buford (MS-WFB ’96), research specialist in the RSENR Spatial Analysis Lab, authored the biogeography chapter.  Other Rubenstein School community members contributing as authors are Professor Emeritus David Capen, Associate Professor Allan Strong (WFB ’83), Scott Schwenk (PhD-NR ’07), Noah Perlut (PhD-NR ’07), Cedric Alexander (WFB ’78), Mark LaBarr (WFB ’86), Steve Parren (MS-NRP ’82), Christopher Rimmer WFB ’78), among many others.

In addition, 350 trained, volunteer citizen scientists provided 57,000 field observations of bird species to create the atlas.  The Atlas is available online at