• Common Yellowthroat © Charles Gangas

    Backyard Bird Quest 2021

    Join VCE from your neck of the woods for our one-day birding blitz on May 22, 2021.

    Our mission: set a new single-day Vermont record of 200 identified species and 1,000 Vermont eBird checklists, and raise funds to support VCE’s conservation work. To accomplish these ambitious goals, we will surely need your help.
    Join us for Birdathon!

    The Vermont Center for Ecostudies unites people and science for conservation.




    Lakes & Ponds


    VT Atlas of Life

    Sharp-lobed Hepatica © K.P. McFarland

    Field Guide to May 2021

    Bees buzzing, birds migrating, lady beetles emerging from hibernation, and so much more! Celebrate the spectacle of spring phenology in this Field Guide to May.
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    Scientific Results

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

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    Get Involved

    Community scientists of all interests and abilities join us in our research, monitoring, and conservation work.

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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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    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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