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    Field Guide to January

    Although the days are slowly growing longer, life in the Northeast now finds itself in the coldest depths of winter. January is about survival. Wildlife that doesn’t migrate adapts instead in order to make it to spring.
    Here’s a few tidbits of natural history happening outdoors this month around you.

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    Grasshopper Sparrow / © Jason Hill

    Nocturnal Flight Call Recordings Shine A Light on Migration Timing

    Most of our knowledge regarding the migration timing of songbirds comes from birding observations made during the day, even though much of the actual migration occurs at night. Is this a problem? As it turns out, it might be.
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    Scientific Results

    Our scientists publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals across multiple disciplines.

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    Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

    VCE Blog

    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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    © Kate Buckman Spotted Salamander © Kate Buckman

    Poison in the Pools: Mercury in Vernal Pool Amphibians

    VCE's groundbreaking investigation of mercury levels in vernal pool food webs has been published in the journal Ecotoxicology.