• Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice) © Kent McFarland

    Mission Identify

    There is no better time to identify observations from other naturalists than when the weather outside is frightful and the nights are long and dark. Join the Vermont Atlas of Life team in turning observations into research-grade data for science and conservation. You don't have to be an expert to help make a difference!
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    Vermont's first-ever Mexican Violetear sips from a hummingbird feeder at a private residence in Hartland. © Nathaniel Sharp

    11th Annual eBird County Quest Results

    From frigid early January mornings of the final 2020-2021 Christmas Bird Counts to November's discovery of displaced, ocean-going Razorbills and Northern Gannets on Lake Champlain, 2021 was full of birding surprises. Unsurprisingly, 2021 was also a year full of friendly competition and exciting discoveries during the 11th annual Vermont eBird County Quest.
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    Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

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    News and observations about wildlife and wild places directly from VCE biologists at work in the field or in the office.

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    Six-spotted Tiger Beetle © Bryan Pfeiffer

    Upcoming Events

    Are you curious about vernal pools, wondering what it takes to manage meadows for grassland nesting birds, or eager to learn how climate change is affecting montane birds? These are just a few topics that VCE staff and guest speakers cover in both virtual and in-person events.
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