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    New Threats to Bicknell's Thrush

    New Threats to Bicknell’s Thrush

    A NEWS RELEASE from VCE – March 18, 2014 NORWICH, VT – A rare songbird that breeds in the U.S….

    Marten Population Continues to Expand in Vermont

    Marten Population Continues to Expand in Vermont

    The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department believes there is an expanding population of American marten in Vermont.  Marten are small…

    February Photo-observation of the Month Winner

    February Photo-observation of the Month Winner

    February’s theme was “food” and the photo-observations submitted to iNaturalist Vermont, a project of the Vermont Atlas of Life, were…

    Blackbird Backlash- Going Beyond Conserving the Cute and Cuddly

    Blackbird Backlash- Going Beyond Conserving the Cute and Cuddly

    The Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz is in full swing, and opening weekend was a huge success.  Birders from all…

    Birding for Science: Dendroica

    Birding for Science: Dendroica

    Are you looking to get involved in a citizen science bird monitoring project?  Would you like to brush up on…

    Vermont Biologists Continue in Race Against Time to Save Bats

    Vermont Biologists Continue in Race Against Time to Save Bats

    Although Vermont’s populations of cave-dwelling bat species continue to drastically shrink in number every year, the rate of decline may…

    Sierra de Bahoruco: a Crisis in the Making

    Sierra de Bahoruco: a Crisis in the Making

    Sierra de Bahoruco is widely considered to be the Dominican Republic’s crown jewel of protected areas.  Harboring an extraordinary array…

    Vote for the February Photo-observation of the Month at iNaturalist Vermont

    Vote for the February Photo-observation of the Month at iNaturalist Vermont

    The winner from last month was kind enough to act as the February judge. Joanne Russo chose to focus on…

    Butterflies in Snow

    Butterflies in Snow

    At 5 degrees below zero, butterflies were the last things on my mind as I brushed the fluffy snow from…

    Hidden in Underpants

    Hidden in Underpants

    There was a scream upstairs and then a yell for mom. It sounded like another teenage moment so I kept…

    A Blitz of Two Dozen Snowy Owls

    A Blitz of Two Dozen Snowy Owls

    By Ian Worley The amazing irruption of Snowy Owls in North America this winter of 2013-2014 has brought these charismatic…

    Vernal Pool Workshop on April 7

    Vernal Pool Workshop on April 7

    To be held in conjunction with the Northeast Natural History Conference Learn the finer points of vernal pool mapping and…

    January Photo-observation of the Month Winner

    January Photo-observation of the Month Winner

    The New Year always brings new hopes for naturalists to find amazing things in the wild. But sometimes it’s the…

    Plight of the Pollinators on UVM Extension's 'Across The Fence'

    Plight of the Pollinators on UVM Extension’s ‘Across The Fence’

    Recently, VCE biologist Kent McFarland was on Across the Fence, produced by the University of Vermont Extension. They have been on-air…

    Languages, by Tina Scharf

    Languages, by Tina Scharf

    After some calculations, I realize that I must go to my Mountain Bird Watch survey site this very night –…

    Team Berak Finds Reason for Optimism in Haiti

    Team Berak Finds Reason for Optimism in Haiti

    Jim Goetz, a dedicated team of Haitian conservationists and I just completed 3 days of banding and point counts at…

    Behind the Scenes of Conservation Research

    Behind the Scenes of Conservation Research

    2 a.m. hikes up steep mountain trails to conduct dawn point counts.  Mist-netting on Mt. Mansfield as the sun rises. …

    Champions Crowned for 3rd Annual Vermont County Bird Quest

    Champions Crowned for 3rd Annual Vermont County Bird Quest

    From the drop of the ball on January 1st to the stare from the yellow eyes of a Snowy Owl…

    February eNews

    February eNews

    This month’s eNews features Rusty Blackbirds, a new “Suds & Science” lecture series, racy insights on Groundhog Day, and news…

    Vote for the iNaturalist Vermont Photo-observation of the Month

    Vote for the iNaturalist Vermont Photo-observation of the Month

    The winner from last month was kind enough to act as the January judge. Larry Clarfeld, at North Branch Nature…

    Savannah Sparrow

    Connecting with Farmers to Bridge the Gap

    The hallways of the Lake Morey Resort were abuzz last weekend during the annual Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference in…

    “Getting Rusty” with a Spring Migration Blitz

    “Getting Rusty” with a Spring Migration Blitz

    Have you heard a squeaky-hinge song lately, or seen a flash of rust-tipped feathers under a bright yellow eye?  Once…

    VCE Brown Bag Lunch Series: Conserving Plants and Animals in a Changing Climate

    VCE Brown Bag Lunch Series: Conserving Plants and Animals in a Changing Climate

    Please join us for our upcoming  informal brown bag lunch seminar with Dr. Hector Galbraith on January 14th at noon. Bring your…

    Vote for the iNaturalist Vermont December Photo-observation of the Month

    Vote for the iNaturalist Vermont December Photo-observation of the Month

      With the winter solstice in December the theme was “light”. We looked through nearly 700 images from the month…

    Access matters: closed fields?

    Access matters: closed fields?

    From the Birding Community E-bulletin: opportunities for those who enjoy grasslands – from birders to hunters – are vanishing. Across…

    Susan Hindinger Joins VCE

    Susan Hindinger Joins VCE

    Susan Hindinger begins this week as VCE’s new Associate Director. Susan brings expertise in program planning and management, grant proposal development,…

    An Update from the Grasslands

    An Update from the Grasslands

    Amidst steep, continental declines in grassland bird populations, core habitat in the Great Plains and Midwest is now under siege….

    Results from the Vermont Atlas of Life

    Results from the Vermont Atlas of Life

    Never before has Vermont known more about the diversity of life within its borders. Yet never before have we needed…

    Windsor Cup Winner

    Windsor Cup Winner

    Congratulations to Ed Hack for winning the 2013 Windsor Cup for the second year in a row. This is awarded…

    Loon Meets Owl in Eric Hanson's House

    Loon Meets Owl in Eric Hanson’s House

    On December 17, I awoke to -25 F here in Craftsbury, VT. The day before a juvenile Common Loon had…