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VCE's Five Tips for Happy Holiday Conservation

VCE’s Five Tips for Happy Holiday Conservation

‘Tis the season, when everywhere you turn, you’re inundated with holiday catalogs, electric reindeer, and online ads repeatedly showcasing those…

Miracles on Wings

Miracles on Wings

They say that miracles only happen once, but for VCE biologists a miracle with wings has now hit their nets three times.

VCE Turns to Puerto Rico for Field Work

VCE Turns to Puerto Rico for Field Work

VCE next year embarks on a new investigation into potential wintering habitat for Bicknell’s Thrush in Puerto Rico.

A Field Guide to December

A Field Guide to December

Even on these cold, short days, most of us might not be too far from warblers and butterflies. In this VCE Field Guide to December, we report on how animals adapt for winter, and how a few might even leave behind some nice impressions.

Wing Prints

Wing Prints

With all the early snow in the U.S. this winter, birds have been making impressions – literally. We’re seeing various wing prints in the snow. It makes us wonder about the reliability of identifying these prints.

Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes at Bosque del Apache NWR

The Pulse of Ten Thousand Wings

VCE Research Associated Bryan Pfeiffer is on the road with Sandhill Cranes, Snow Geese, and Ross’s Geese at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in central New Mexico. Bryan calls the refuge “profound.”

iNaturalist Vermont October Photo-observation Winner

iNaturalist Vermont October Photo-observation Winner

The September winners, Susan and Dean Greenberg, chose a slate of amazing October photo-observations from iNaturalist Vermont, a project of…

VCE Presents the 2014 Julie Nicholson Citizen Scientist Award

VCE Presents the 2014 Julie Nicholson Citizen Scientist Award

This year VCE honors Marv and Sue Elliott with the Julie Nicholson Citizen Science Award. This brings the award full…

Record Year for New Bird Species in Vermont

Record Year for New Bird Species in Vermont

With birdwatchers combing Vermont for new birds for more than a century now, finding a new species in the state might…

Ecologists Meet to Advance Vernal Pool Conservation

Ecologists Meet to Advance Vernal Pool Conservation

In late-Oct., the Vermont Center for Ecostudies hosted a one-day regional workshop in Smyrna, Delaware to introduce the Vernal Pool…

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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.

Outdoor Radio: Tracking the Northern Saw-whet Owl

Outdoor Radio: Tracking the Northern Saw-whet Owl

One of the most common owls in forests across northern North America during the breeding season, Northern Saw-whet Owls are…

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.”

Male Rusty Blackbird during breeding season

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…