K.P. McFarland

A Field Guide to August

We’ve still got plenty of summer here in Vermont and points north. In this edition of VCE’s monthly field guide to nature, we’ll celebrate a few audacious summer insects - but we’ll also alert you to animals on the move.
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© Kate Buckman Spotted Salamander © Kate Buckman

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.
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Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

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Similarly-plumaged immature Magnolia (left) and Canada (right) warblers © Charles Gangas Close-ups of hand-held Magnolia and Canada Warblers on Mt. Mansfield / © Charles Gangas

Mt. Mansfield Banding Season Update

VCE’s final 2019 summer banding session on Mt. Mansfield was notable for the predominance of non-local birds and the absence of local breeders banded earlier in the season.
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