• Breadloaf Wilderness Area © Kent McFarland

    Field Guide to December 2021

    An icy chill is in the air and tree limbs are coated in a delicate, snowy blanket—winter will soon be here. Across the landscape, animals who do not spend the winter tucked away scurry and flap, leaving evidence of their small dramas in the powder. Whether you choose to explore frozen hillsides or remain closer to home, there's much to discover in December.
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    Cecropia Moth Cocoon © Sean Beckett

    Giant Silk Moth Cocoon Watch (11/1-12/31)

    The leaves have fallen exposing these amazing cocoons in the trees and shrubs. How many of these large cocoons can you find? Join the VAL team in the search and add your discoveries to their iNaturalist project.
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    A trio of Catharus thrushes © Charles Gangas

    VCE Wraps Season #30 on Mansfield Ridgeline

    VCE's final 2021 banding session on Mt. Mansfield certainly did not disappoint. Although kinglets stole the show, other notable migrants made appearances as well. Read about what we found and see stunning photos on the VCE blog.
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