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A Field Guide to October

October is a month of change. The forested hills fade from green to a kaleidoscope of red and gold that dazzles the eyes. Here’s your field guide to some moments that you might not otherwise notice during these few precious weeks.
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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.

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Our scientists publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals across multiple disciplines. We also produce summaries of our findings for the policy-makers and the general public.

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Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

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Melonworm Moth (left), Hermit Sphinx (right)

New Moth Species Discovered in Vermont

Citizen scientists have done it again! Two new moth species never before recorded in Vermont were identified on Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist this fall.
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