• The rising Hunter's Moon. Other names include the Travel Moon and the Dying Grass Moon. © K.P. McFarland

    Field Guide to October 2021

    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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    Lakes & Ponds


    VT Atlas of Life

    Adult Common Loons with chick © Janet Steward

    2021 Annual LoonWatch

    Each year on the third Saturday in July, LoonWatch volunteers help us survey more than 160 lakes and ponds statewide. This year's annual count takes place on July 17th.
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    Our scientists publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals across multiple disciplines.

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    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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    Hermit Thrush release © Michael Sargent

    Blackpolls Abound as VCE Launches Year #30 on Mt. Mansfield

    VCE’s first 2021 foray to Mt. Mansfield marks our 30th year of monitoring the ridgeline’s montane forest breeding birds. Read about what we found and see stunning photos from the day on the VCE blog.
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