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Wild Turkey Confidential: On Supper and Snoods

Wild Turkey Confidential: On Supper and Snoods

So how did you choose your turkey? By weight? Perhaps it is from a favorite farm? Or it could be a brand that you like? But if you were a female turkey, you’d be looking at the male’s snood.

Autumn's First Snowy Owl

Autumn’s First Snowy Owl

The Arctic came visiting early this fall. Reed Webster found this Snowy Owl in Westminster, Vermont, on October 25 – our first report of the season.

Autumn Meadowhawk (Symptrum vicinum)

A Field Guide to “Stick Season”

The warblers have left us for the warmth. Butterflies are but a fond memory. Amphibians are holed up for winter. But do not fret this dismal season. Here’s a field guide to “Stick Season.”

Rusty Blackbirds:  Looking Forward, Looking Back

Rusty Blackbirds: Looking Forward, Looking Back

Tracking Rusty Blackbirds Northbound and SouthboundTracking Rusty Blackbirds Northbound and Southbound

Loon Chicks in November

Loon Chicks in November

By early November, the majority of adult Common Loons in Vermont have departed for the New England coast, where they…

Vermont eBird County Quest Heats Up

Vermont eBird County Quest Heats Up

With less than two months to go, the 4th annual Vermont County eBird Quest is heating up. Western rivals Addison and…

One Bird, Two Worlds: Conserving Bicknell's Thrush

One Bird, Two Worlds: Conserving Bicknell’s Thrush

During a free public talk on Wednesday, VCE Executive Director Chris Rimmer will describe our work conserving Bicknell’s Thrush here in Vermont and on the island of Hispaniola.

Bee Foraging Chronically Impaired by Pesticide Exposure

Bee Foraging Chronically Impaired by Pesticide Exposure

A study co-authored by a University of Guelph scientist that involved fitting bumblebees with tiny radio frequency tags shows long-term…

John Lloyd Joins VCE as Director of Science

John Lloyd Joins VCE as Director of Science

We’re delighted to announce that VCE’s scientific program has taken a key step forward, with the addition of John Lloyd…

Around the world in 400,000 years: The journey of the red fox

Around the world in 400,000 years: The journey of the red fox

This new research shows that the red foxes of North America and Eurasia have been almost entirely reproductively isolated from one another for roughly 400,000 years.

Bob Spear (1920-2014)

Bob Spear (1920-2014)

Long before your field guides and checklists, before bird apps and atlases, before nature centers and eBird, before VINS and VCE, there was Bob Spear. Bob died this week, leaving an incredible legacy for us all.

The Natural and UnNatural Life of Loons

The Natural and UnNatural Life of Loons

VCE loon biologist, Eric Hanson, recently spoke to a crowd at our monthly Suds and Science series at the Norwich…

Take a Time Out for Turtles: Volunteers Needed for Nesting Beach Clean Up Day

Take a Time Out for Turtles: Volunteers Needed for Nesting Beach Clean Up Day

The annual spiny softshell turtle beach cleanup day is on Saturday, October 25, and Vermont Fish & Wildlife is looking…

August iNaturalist Vermont Photo-observation Winner

August iNaturalist Vermont Photo-observation Winner

To celebrate our wonderful plants and your amazing iNaturalist Vermont photo-observations, Sue Elliot, July’s winner, chose six wonderful photo-observations from…

'Green wave' explains migratory bird routes

‘Green wave’ explains migratory bird routes

1.7 million crowd-sourced bird checklists from eBird used to construct a detailed picture of species occurrence for each week of…

Field Report: Final 2014 Bird Banding on Mt. Mansfield

Field Report: Final 2014 Bird Banding on Mt. Mansfield

VCE wrapped up its 2014 mountain bird field season with an overnight visit to our Mt. Mansfield ridgeline study site…

Loons Post Record Year for Nesting Success, Bald Eagle Nesting Down

Loons Post Record Year for Nesting Success, Bald Eagle Nesting Down

Vermont’s loon population had a record year for nesting success, producing 65 fledglings, or chicks that survived to leave the…

Loons on WCAX and Burlington Public Access Channel 17

Loons on WCAX and Burlington Public Access Channel 17

The media likes a “feel-good” story and this summer they’ve picked up loons as a “good” topic.  VCE biologist and…

A Sad Centennial

A Sad Centennial

A sad 100th anniversary tomorrow. On September 1, 1914, the last passenger pigeon in the world, Martha, died in the…

After 90 Percent Decline, Federal Protection Sought for Monarch Butterfly

After 90 Percent Decline, Federal Protection Sought for Monarch Butterfly

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety as co-lead petitioners joined by the Xerces Society and…

Do Non-Breeding, Single Loons Have Territories?

Do Non-Breeding, Single Loons Have Territories?

Last week, Chris Rimmer and I traveled to Lake Willoughby to meet with Carol Radic and Colm Darcy, who helped…

Notes from a Loon Necropsy

Notes from a Loon Necropsy

This story is not for the feint at heart, but I found Dr. Pokras’s quick note to me about this…

July iNaturalist Photo-observation of the Month Winner

July iNaturalist Photo-observation of the Month Winner

National Moth Week was in July, so we made moths our iNaturalist Vermont observation of the month category. There were…

Laying the Groundwork for Loons in Fairlee and Fairfield

Laying the Groundwork for Loons in Fairlee and Fairfield

Back in July I presented a program on loons at the Lake Fairlee association annual meeting. We lined this up…

Vermont Atlas of Life BioBlitz Discovers New Species for Park

Vermont Atlas of Life BioBlitz Discovers New Species for Park

We found Dog Vomit Slime Mold (yeah, it’s real) and hundreds of other species. We counted any living thing we…

Mercury in the world's oceans

Mercury in the world’s oceans

Little was known about how much mercury in the environment was the result of human activities, or how much “bioavailable”…

A New Vermont Dragonfly

A New Vermont Dragonfly

SALUTE THE FLAG. That dragonfly above is now a bit of Vermont natural history — the first Banded Pennant (Celethemis…

Maine IFW Seeks Comment On Proposed Changes To State Threatened And Endangered List

Maine IFW Seeks Comment On Proposed Changes To State Threatened And Endangered List

 Public hearings set for August 4 in Portland and August 5 in Farmington; written comments accepted through August 15 AUGUSTA,…

Vote for the July iNaturalist Vermont Observation of the Month

Vote for the July iNaturalist Vermont Observation of the Month

National Moth Week was in July, so we made moths our iNaturalist Vermont observation of the month category. With over…

Bird Studies on Mt. Mansfield: 23 Years and Counting

Bird Studies on Mt. Mansfield: 23 Years and Counting

Always a bittersweet summer milestone, VCE’s wrap-up visit to the Mt. Mansfield ridgeline in late July featured a quiet avian chorus…