Bryan Pfeiffer is an author, photographer and consulting naturalist who has been watching birds most of his life. His personal guiding service is Vermont Bird Tours.
Bryan's articles and essays on nature have appeared inThe New York Times, Vermont Life, Field and Stream,and Northern Woodlands, among other publications. Bryan is co-author of Birdwatching in Vermont, a guide to finding and enjoying birds in the state.
When he's not chasing birds, Bryan devotes his time to the study and conservation of butterflies, dragonflies and other insects. He lives in Central Vermont, where he wanders the landscape enjoying everything from ferns to frogs to fireflies.
Tips on how to watch birds.
Audubon: Bird Watching: Birding Basics
Cornell Lab of Ornithology: All About Birds
Birding Areas / Field Trips / Museums
"Important Bird Areas" in Vermont
Vermont Bird Tours (Bryan Pfeiffer birding tours)
The Daily Wing
North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, VT
Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, Swanton, VT
The Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury, VT
The Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, VT
Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT
Lake Champlain Birding Trail
Christmas Bird Count / Citizen Science
Information on how to become involved in your local Christmas Bird Count and other citizen science projects.
Christmas Bird Count
Great Backyard Bird Count
Information on how and what to feed birds.
Audubon: Bird Feeding
Kids and Birding
Birding as a family is great fun. Here are a few things you might want to try:
Audubon Just for Kids
Birding with Children: Tips on Getting Started
Smithsonian National Zoo: Birds for Kids (include fun online activities)
Audubon Vermont, including local chapters
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
VINS: Vermont Institute of Natural Science
VTBIRD, Vermont’s listserve for sightings, including rare bird alerts
American Bird Conservancy
American Birding Association
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
National Audubon Society
Birdwatching in Vermont by Ted Murin and Bryan Pfeiffer
A book about some of the best places to bird in Vermont, including directions on how to get there.
National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of North America
Featured in Birdwatching in Vermont as one of the good field guides to choose from. This and other guides are available wherever books are sold.
Birding by Ear (Peterson Field Guide; Audio CD)
More Birding by Ear (Peterson Field Guide; Audio CD)
Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs (Audio CD)
These and other resources may also be available as downloads.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology Macaulay Library
Smart Phone Apps
These didn't exist when Birding in Vermont was produced. Now, field guides, iBird and BirdTunes have become handy resources.
Meeting place: Office Building, GMAC
Fee: Donations are appreciated
This event was originally scheduled to take place on June 18.
Meeting place: Sugarhouse Parking Area, GMAC
Ages: 8 and up (with adult companion)
Fee: Suggested donation of $15 per family
Pre-registration is required 434-3068
This program is weather dependant. Please call if rain is forecasted: 434-3068
To order a free copy of the Special Edition, which includes the documentary Champlain: The Lake Between and the Classroom Connections CD-ROM (contains the same information as the PDF above), call Chimney Point State Historic Site at 802-759-2412.
To order a DVD copy of the documentary alone, call VPT at 1-800-866-1666, or order online.
Champlain: The Lake Between is one element of the project "Lake Champlain Voyages of Discovery: Bringing History Home," funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Project partners are the Chimney Point State Historic Site, Vt. Division for Historic Preservation, Bixby Memorial Free Library, and Vermont Public Television with Broadwing Productions.
Additional funding for educational resource development, outreach and distribution was provided by the Lake Champlain
Basin Program and the Vermont Community Foundation.
This educational package, for use in the classroom and by families who love to learn, is part of a vibrant project that was designed to stimulate curiosity about Lake Champlain's history. Although the lake is an international treasure, not enough of the region's history is widely known. Through research, archeology and film, the Lake Champlain Voyages of Discovery: Bringing History Home project has produced materials to enrich educational opportunities.
Watch the film and use the learning activities to discover an exciting, more complete understanding and to build bridges between the people who came before us and today's communities. Learning activities and resources include background information, historic maps, activities tailored to thematic chapters, suggested reading and related websites.
Examples of Activities
- Abenaki History and Culture
Activity - Wobanakiak/Abenaki Place Names
Discussion - Connections to Our Food
- Champlain and the Beginning of New France
Activity - Using Maps as Primary Documents
- 1609 - A Historic Event
DVD Viewing and Discussion Questions
- Haudenosaunee/Iroquois Culture
Activity - Historical Longhouse and Modern Life Comparison
- Lake Champlain French Forts and Settlers
Activity - Daily Life at the Fort and in the Settlement
- Additional Resources
Located in the towns of Plymouth and Shrewsbury, the Plymsbury WMA is also nestled within the Coolidge State Forest. These two tracks of state land combined provide a critical link between the southern and northern portions of the Green Mountain National Forest.
Every year, thousands of people camp on the shores of Lake Champlain, but very few actually spend a night on the lake -- especially in the heart of winter. Yet that is exactly what some dedicated anglers do on Missisquoi Bay, where the ice fishing can be as hot as the weather is cold. We hit the hard water of Missisquoi Bay on Lake Champlain to enjoy some exciting ice fishing for northern pike. And experience a comfy night on the ice thanks to Gilbert Gagne of Martin’s Store in Highgate Springs where we rented our overnight accommodations. We also meet up with a group of anglers that have made spending the night on the ice an annual tradition.