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Champlain Valley Bird Initiative | Vermont
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Mark LaBarr -Conservation Program Manager
Mark has been with Audubon for more than 15 years.
His work includes coordinating the Vermont Common Tern Recovery Project, the Green Mountain Audubon Center bird banding station and the Audubon Vermont Conservation Internship Program.
He has worked on bird projects from Hawaii to Belize studying everything from albatrosses to catbirds.
Mark also oversees the stewardship needs at the Green Mountain Audubon Center.
Mark has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont and a Master's in Education from St. Michael's College.
He enjoys spending time with his two children, Owein and Mae, and lives in Huntington.
For more information on how you ...
For more information on how you can become part of the citizen science movement in Vermont contact Mark LaBarr, Audubon Vermont's Director of Conservation.
Audubon began coordinating the Common ...
Audubon began coordinating the Common Tern Recovery Project in 1997 when Common Tern Biologist Mark LaBarr came to Audubon.
Mark has worked with the Common Terns on Lake Champlain since 1988 and continues the monitoring and management activities that have been so successful.
It turns out some robins have ...
It turns out some robins have always wintered in Vermont, but they're doing so in greater numbers than normal, said Mark LaBarr, the conservation program manager at the Green Mountain Audubon Center in Huntington.
noted the Christmas bird count, in which volunteers conducted a census on birds within a 15-mile radius of Burlington, found 2,191 American robins, a record high for the 64 years the count has been conducted.
"We normally don't see robins to this extent here in the state this time of year," LaBarr
Robins are more likely to stay in Vermont, or stop on their way south from Canada if they encounter a lack of snow and and a plentiful food source, LaBarr
Why bother wasting time and travel and energy when you've arrived at a spot where you have everything you need.
Fruit bearing trees and bushes had a good year this summer and fall, so robins are feasting on those, LaBarr
There have been reports of robins high up on the slopes of Mount Mansfield because mountain ash trees, which typicality grow at some of Vermont's highest elevations, bore plenty of berries in the fall, he
Unlike in the spring, when robins are getting ready to mate and are territorial, the birds often appear in flocks in the winter, LaBarr
Or, they'll settle for food that isn't quite as appealing, but will do, LaBarr
For instance, he
recently noticed robins feeding on staghorn sumac near his
That's not their preferred food, he
said, but they will eat it.
said there's no reason to worry for the robins if deep snow and severe cold arrive in Vermont before winter ends.
As long as there's an adequate food supply, the robins won't freeze, he
Sometime in March, if you hear the red wing blackbirds' distinctive cock-a-LEE call in wetlands, it's an almost sure bet winter is ending, LaBarr
However, there have already been one or two reports of red wing blackbirds in Vermont in recent days, he