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BioBlitz 2015: Find Something Wild

June 29, 2015

Part scientific endeavor, part festival, and part education, on July 11th the 2015 BioBlitz at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park will bring together leading scientists, naturalists, and community members of all ages to find and document as many species as possible in one day at the park as part of the Vermont Atlas of Life. Learn more »

Join Vermont Loonwatch on July 18

June 30, 2015

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 starting at 8 a.m. Surveys on most lakes require a boat of some kind, but a few can be surveyed from shore (look for one of the smaller lakes or ponds on the list below). Volunteers will report their survey results on Vermont eBird. Learn more »

Outdoor Radio: Counting Terns

June 18, 2015

Hard hats in hand, VCE biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra head to Lake Champlain. They are taking a boat to Papasquash Island, owned by Audubon Vermont, to help count Common Tern eggs and chicks on the island. Listen to the show »

Scientists Combine Bird Survey Data to Identify Vulnerable Songbirds

June 05, 2015

Mountain Birdwatch data lie at the heart of a published study revealing that continent-wide bird surveys may offer important conservation insights, but they can miss rare or isolated species whose habitat lies off the beaten path, such as at high elevations or in remote bogs. The study, led by avian ecologist Joel Ralston and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in close collaboration with VCE’s Judith Scarl and Dan Lambert, reports how combining data from point counts across the landscape can elucidate how birds in difficult-to-reach habitats are faring. Read the story »