• K.P. McFarland

    Field Guide to December

    Even during these short days and long nights of December, there’s still plenty of life in the fading light. Once we pass the winter solstice, which strikes at precisely 11:19 PM on December 21st, more light will begin to creep back. Until then, here’s some wintry natural history to keep you going.
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    Upland Sandpipers / © Jason Hill

    New VCE Study Reveals Surprising Upland Sandpiper Migration Patterns

    VCE's recent paper in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution unveils surprising new information about the species' migratory patterns.
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    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.