• Red Fox © Sean Beckett

    Field Guide to February

    February marks an important turning point. Although winter may continue its grip for a little while longer, the landscape is preparing for change. Here’s a Field Guide to February to keep your spirits up, no matter what that groundhog predicts.
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    Grasshopper Sparrow / © Jason Hill

    Nocturnal Flight Call Recordings Shine A Light on Migration Timing

    Most of our knowledge regarding the migration timing of songbirds comes from birding observations made during the day, even though much of the actual migration occurs at night. Is this a problem? As it turns out, it might be.
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    Our scientists publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals across multiple disciplines.

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    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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    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.