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    Record Year for New Bird Species in Vermont

    Record Year for New Bird Species in Vermont

    With birdwatchers combing Vermont for new birds for more than a century now, finding a new species in the state might…

    Ecologists Meet to Advance Vernal Pool Conservation

    Ecologists Meet to Advance Vernal Pool Conservation

    In late-Oct., the Vermont Center for Ecostudies hosted a one-day regional workshop in Smyrna, Delaware to introduce the Vernal Pool…

    Autumn's First Snowy Owl

    Autumn’s First Snowy Owl

    The Arctic came visiting early this fall. Reed Webster found this Snowy Owl in Westminster, Vermont, on October 25 – our first report of the season.

    Outdoor Radio: Tracking the Northern Saw-whet Owl

    Outdoor Radio: Tracking the Northern Saw-whet Owl

    One of the most common owls in forests across northern North America during the breeding season, Northern Saw-whet Owls are…

    Autumn Meadowhawk (Symptrum vicinum)

    A Field Guide to “Stick Season”

    The warblers have left us for the warmth. Butterflies are but a fond memory. Amphibians are holed up for winter. But do not fret this dismal season. Here’s a field guide to “Stick Season.”

    Male Rusty Blackbird during breeding season

    Rusty Blackbirds: Looking Forward, Looking Back

    Tracking Rusty Blackbirds Northbound and SouthboundTracking Rusty Blackbirds Northbound and Southbound

    Loon Chicks in November

    Loon Chicks in November

    By early November, the majority of adult Common Loons in Vermont have departed for the New England coast, where they…

    Vermont eBird County Quest Heats Up

    Vermont eBird County Quest Heats Up

    With less than two months to go, the 4th annual Vermont County eBird Quest is heating up. Western rivals Addison and…

    One Bird, Two Worlds: Conserving Bicknell's Thrush

    One Bird, Two Worlds: Conserving Bicknell’s Thrush

    During a free public talk on Wednesday, VCE Executive Director Chris Rimmer will describe our work conserving Bicknell’s Thrush here in Vermont and on the island of Hispaniola.

    Bee Foraging Chronically Impaired by Pesticide Exposure

    Bee Foraging Chronically Impaired by Pesticide Exposure

    A study co-authored by a University of Guelph scientist that involved fitting bumblebees with tiny radio frequency tags shows long-term…

    John Lloyd Joins VCE as Director of Science

    John Lloyd Joins VCE as Director of Science

    We’re delighted to announce that VCE’s scientific program has taken a key step forward, with the addition of John Lloyd…

    Around the world in 400,000 years: The journey of the red fox

    Around the world in 400,000 years: The journey of the red fox

    This new research shows that the red foxes of North America and Eurasia have been almost entirely reproductively isolated from one another for roughly 400,000 years.

    Bob Spear (1920-2014)

    Bob Spear (1920-2014)

    Long before your field guides and checklists, before bird apps and atlases, before nature centers and eBird, before VINS and VCE, there was Bob Spear. Bob died this week, leaving an incredible legacy for us all.

    The Natural and UnNatural Life of Loons

    The Natural and UnNatural Life of Loons

    VCE loon biologist, Eric Hanson, recently spoke to a crowd at our monthly Suds & Science series at the Norwich…

    Take a Time Out for Turtles: Volunteers Needed for Nesting Beach Clean Up Day

    Take a Time Out for Turtles: Volunteers Needed for Nesting Beach Clean Up Day

    The annual spiny softshell turtle beach cleanup day is on Saturday, October 21, and Vermont Fish & Wildlife is looking…

    August iNaturalist Vermont Photo-observation Winner

    August iNaturalist Vermont Photo-observation Winner

    To celebrate our wonderful plants and your amazing iNaturalist Vermont photo-observations, Sue Elliot, July’s winner, chose six wonderful photo-observations from…

    'Green wave' explains migratory bird routes

    ‘Green wave’ explains migratory bird routes

    1.7 million crowd-sourced bird checklists from eBird used to construct a detailed picture of species occurrence for each week of…

    Field Report: Final 2014 Bird Banding on Mt. Mansfield

    Field Report: Final 2014 Bird Banding on Mt. Mansfield

    VCE wrapped up its 2014 mountain bird field season with an overnight visit to our Mt. Mansfield ridgeline study site…

    Loons Post Record Year for Nesting Success, Bald Eagle Nesting Down

    Loons Post Record Year for Nesting Success, Bald Eagle Nesting Down

    Vermont’s loon population had a record year for nesting success, producing 65 fledglings, or chicks that survived to leave the…

    Loons on WCAX and Burlington Public Access Channel 17

    Loons on WCAX and Burlington Public Access Channel 17

    The media likes a “feel-good” story and this summer they’ve picked up loons as a “good” topic.  VCE biologist and…

    A Sad Centennial

    A Sad Centennial

    A sad 100th anniversary tomorrow. On September 1, 1914, the last passenger pigeon in the world, Martha, died in the…

    After 90 Percent Decline, Federal Protection Sought for Monarch Butterfly

    After 90 Percent Decline, Federal Protection Sought for Monarch Butterfly

    WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety as co-lead petitioners joined by the Xerces Society and…

    Do Non-Breeding, Single Loons Have Territories?

    Do Non-Breeding, Single Loons Have Territories?

    Last week, Chris Rimmer and I traveled to Lake Willoughby to meet with Carol Radic and Colm Darcy, who helped…

    Notes from a Loon Necropsy

    Notes from a Loon Necropsy

    This story is not for the feint at heart, but I found Dr. Pokras’s quick note to me about this…

    July iNaturalist Photo-observation of the Month Winner

    July iNaturalist Photo-observation of the Month Winner

    National Moth Week was in July, so we made moths our iNaturalist Vermont observation of the month category. There were…

    Laying the Groundwork for Loons in Fairlee and Fairfield

    Laying the Groundwork for Loons in Fairlee and Fairfield

    Back in July I presented a program on loons at the Lake Fairlee association annual meeting. We lined this up…

    Vermont Atlas of Life BioBlitz Discovers New Species for Park

    Vermont Atlas of Life BioBlitz Discovers New Species for Park

    We found Dog Vomit Slime Mold (yeah, it’s real) and hundreds of other species. We counted any living thing we…

    Mercury in the world's oceans

    Mercury in the world’s oceans

    Little was known about how much mercury in the environment was the result of human activities, or how much “bioavailable”…

    A New Vermont Dragonfly

    A New Vermont Dragonfly

    SALUTE THE FLAG. That dragonfly above is now a bit of Vermont natural history — the first Banded Pennant (Celethemis…

    Maine IFW Seeks Comment On Proposed Changes To State Threatened And Endangered List

    Maine IFW Seeks Comment On Proposed Changes To State Threatened And Endangered List

     Public hearings set for August 4 in Portland and August 5 in Farmington; written comments accepted through August 15 AUGUSTA,…