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A Wayward Loon's Rescue: Update No. 1

A Wayward Loon’s Rescue: Update No. 1

The rescued Common Loon chick — nick-named “Little Guy” — is making progress at a rehab center in Maine.

From Roadside to Rescue: A Tale of Determination and a Lost Loon

From Roadside to Rescue: A Tale of Determination and a Lost Loon

A chance encounter on a Vermont roadside — and the uplifting story of an errant Common Loon chick.

Vermont eBird Update

Vermont eBird Update

A lot of exciting developments have happened recently with Vermont eBird and we wanted to share those with you, as well as express our gratitude and appreciation for all that you Vermont eBirders have helped bring to life.

Historic Spring Bird Sightings Digitized at Record Pace

Historic Spring Bird Sightings Digitized at Record Pace

Just over 3 months ago we announced an exciting new web site that allowed us to connect with volunteers virtually to help us enter thousands of historic bird records that only existed on paper. Volunteers have digitized thousands of pages of spring bird records. We’re 90% done. The final push is on!

VCE Embraces Open Science

VCE Embraces Open Science

A mostly quiet revolution is taking place in science. Only fragments of the debate have surfaced in the popular media, and even many scientists appear largely unaware of the impending sea change.

Composting and Bears: Adjusting to Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law

Composting and Bears: Adjusting to Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law

Bears may be attracted to human food sources, so a few steps must be taken to reduce problems between bears and people.

Rainbows and Slug Sex

Rainbows and Slug Sex

Double rainbows and slug copulation constitute our light, summertime blog viewing this week. We’re not claiming the two are related (but we’re not ruling it out, either).

An Historic Collaboration for Birds on Hispaniola

An Historic Collaboration for Birds on Hispaniola

An historic collaboration between Haiti and the Dominican Republic promises to build a better future for bird conservation on Hispaniola.

Mountain Birds and Jail Birds: Another Season of Mountain Birdwatch

Mountain Birds and Jail Birds: Another Season of Mountain Birdwatch

Trees fall over trails. Bridges wash out. Gullies form and block routes. During Mountain Birdwatch, these are trivialities … compared to a couple of escaped convicts.

Positively Vermont: Vermont Endangered Species

Positively Vermont: Vermont Endangered Species

Host Dennis McMahon talks to Steve Parren, Wildlife Diversity Program Manager for VT Fish and Wildlife Department, who has been working on endangered and threatened species projects for over 30 years.

July iNaturalist Vermont Photo-observation of the Month

July iNaturalist Vermont Photo-observation of the Month

Congratulations to Julie Filiberti for winning the July 2015 iNaturalist Vermont photo-observation of the month contest.

Streamertails and Jamaica - VCE Attends BirdsCaribbean Meeting

Streamertails and Jamaica – VCE Attends BirdsCaribbean Meeting

VCE played a prominent role in the recent BirdsCaribbean meeting on Jamaica. The five-day conference also afforded a chance to see 20 of Jamaica’s 30 endemic birds.

Illegal Deforestation Continues in the Dominican Republic

Illegal Deforestation Continues in the Dominican Republic

Sierra de Bahoruco National Park is a vital haven for some of the rarest endemic birds in the Caribbean Basin. But its cloud-forest habitat is being illegally logged and cleared for crops. And conservationists say the government of the Dominican Republic is doing little to stop it.

A Field Guide to August

A Field Guide to August

VCE’s monthly field guide to nature celebrates a few audacious summer insects. But we’ll also alert you to animals on the move. Yeah, the “M-word.” So if you’re not quite ready for “fall” migration, well, sorry … too late.

Help Find Missing Turtles

Help Find Missing Turtles

Painted Turtles are one of our most common turtle species. Yet, there are 64 towns without a verified Painted Turtle observation.

State to Hold Meeting on Proposed Endangered Species Law Updates

State to Hold Meeting on Proposed Endangered Species Law Updates

The Agency of Natural Resources will hold a meeting to discuss proposed changes to Vermont’s threatened and endangered species law. The meeting will take place August 5, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pavilion Auditorium, 109 State Street, Montpelier, Vt.

Checklist of Vermont Moths Updated

Checklist of Vermont Moths Updated

The checklist of Vermont moths has been updated by the Vermont Atlas of Life. Thanks to the tireless efforts of both professional and amateur Lepidopterists, 168 new moth species have been found in Vermont since 1995. There are likely many more awaiting discovery.

Summer Banding on Mansfield Ends with a Flourish

Summer Banding on Mansfield Ends with a Flourish

VCE’s July 20-21 Mt. Mansfield banding session capped another productive field season, our 24th studying the ridgeline’s breeding bird community….

VT Fish & Wildlife Dept Celebrates Opening of New Conserved Lands

VT Fish & Wildlife Dept Celebrates Opening of New Conserved Lands

More land in Western Addison County will soon be available to the public, and protected for wildlife. The public is invited to attend a celebration of the Lemon Fair Wildlife Management Area, and the 330 acres being added to it, on Tuesday, July 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Outdoor Radio: Whip-poor-will's in the Moonlight

Outdoor Radio: Whip-poor-will’s in the Moonlight

Biologists Kent McFarland and Sarah Zahendra head out to West Haven, Vermont at dusk to brave a cloud of mosquitos in search of the song of the threatened whip-poor-will. Listen to the story…

VT Atlas of Life: Documenting Biodiversity on 'Across the Fence'

VT Atlas of Life: Documenting Biodiversity on ‘Across the Fence’

Did you miss us on Across the Fence today? Check it out here and learn more about the Vermont Atlas of Life.

Record Rains on Mansfield Fail to Deter Birds or Humans

Record Rains on Mansfield Fail to Deter Birds or Humans

June’s record 16-inch rainfall on Mt. Mansfield didn’t deter VCE biologists or our hardy visiting friends. The past two weeks brought enthusiasts from Puerto Rico, England, Ireland and New England to experience firsthand a Bicknell’s Thrush up close and personal.

Champion Blackpoll Globe-trotter Returns to Mansfield

Champion Blackpoll Globe-trotter Returns to Mansfield

No one with even a passing interest in birds can help being astounded by the spectacular migratory feat of Blackpoll…

First Documented Lead-Poisoned Loon Collected on Lake Winnipesaukee

First Documented Lead-Poisoned Loon Collected on Lake Winnipesaukee

The first documented lead-poisoned loon collected from New Hampshire waters this year was discovered July 1, 2015, on Lake Winnipesaukee.

Vt. Adds to Threatened and Endangered Species List

Vt. Adds to Threatened and Endangered Species List

Vermont has added nine species, including three bumble bees, to its list of threatened and endangered species thanks to data from the Vermont Atlas of Life.

Admirals at Sea

Admirals at Sea

Drifting in a boat several miles out in the Gulf of Maine, Chris Rimmer, director of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, didn’t expect to see any butterflies.

Study backs up theory that warming, pollution combine to hurt Alaska's wood frogs

Study backs up theory that warming, pollution combine to hurt Alaska’s wood frogs

Alaska’s hardy wood frogs, like other amphibians around North America, have been plagued by a mysterious disorder that is deforming and killing them off.

A Field Guide to July

A Field Guide to July

The spring birding seasons is winding down. Even a few southbound shorebirds will trickle through Vermont this month. (Sorry, “fall” migration…

Join VCE's LoonWatch on July 18

Join VCE’s LoonWatch on July 18

Here’s your chance to visit a lake or pond during one of the most vital days for Common Loon conservation of the year: LoonWatch. On Saturday, July 18, volunteers will take to Vermont waters to count loons.

Choppers and Hoppers: A Report from the Grasslands

Choppers and Hoppers: A Report from the Grasslands

By mid-June we were fairly used to tanks shooting over us and helicopters buzzing past our heads. Such is a typical day of research with Grasshopper Sparrows on an active military reservation.