• Monarch sipping nectar. © K.P. McFarland

    Field Guide to June

    As the dawn bird chorus now fades from northern forests, summer erupts in the sparkle and drama of insects. Here’s a short guide to July’s natural history.
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    Boreal Chickadee © Charles Gangas

    Updated for 2020: State of the Mountain Birds Report

    In this evolving report, we try to answer one seemingly simple question: What is the state of the mountain bird species of the northeastern United States?
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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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    Four-spotted Spurleg Lady Beetle © Spencer Hardy

    Vermont Lady Beetle Atlas Finds Lost Species

    VCE's weekend-long Vermont Backyard Lady Beetle Blitz in mid-May paid off with the discovery of a species not seen in the state since 1976.
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