Congratulations to Kyle Tansley for winning the February 2018 iNaturalist Vermont photo-observation of the month contest. His image of a running Bobcat was the most popular photo-observation.
Zadock Thompson, a Vermont naturalist, wrote in his 1853 edition of Natural History of Vermont that by then the Bobcat was “…very rare, being only occasionally seen, in the most unsettled parts of the state.” This would coincide with the decline of forest land in Vermont. By the 1870s, Vermont was only about 30 percent covered by forest. That didn’t leave much habitat for Bobcats, which are now more plentiful as forests have grown back. View a map of Bobcat observations in Vermont, and report your own to iNaturalist Vermont.
Visit iNaturalist Vermont and you can vote for the winner this month by clicking ‘fav’ on your favorite photo-observation. Make sure you get outdoors and record the biodiversity around you, then submit your discoveries and you could be a winner!