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    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…

    Kinglets in the Cold

    Kinglets in the Cold

    Before you start reading this, grab a nickel out of your piggy bank and hold it in the palm of…

    Grasshopper Sparrow singing

    Grasshopper Sparrow Listed in Eastern Canada

    Owing to population declines that have been taking place over the past four decades in eastern Canada, the Committee on the…

    Muskrat Feeding Wins November Photo-Observation Contest

    Muskrat Feeding Wins November Photo-Observation Contest

    Stick season posed a challenge for photo of the month, but as always iNaturalist Vermont photographers came through. It was…

    Snowy Owl Invasion: 2011 versus 2013

    Snowy Owl Invasion: 2011 versus 2013

    The last big Snowy Owl invasion was in 2011 (top map), but it was much more widespread than the one…

    December eNews

    December eNews

    The December edition of VCE’s eNews features snowy owls arriving, peregrine falcons dying, and vernal pools being conserved. If you’re…

    VCE Expands Vernal Pool Conservation Work

    VCE Expands Vernal Pool Conservation Work

    VCE is bringing its biodiversity mapping skills to the conservation of vernal pools across the Northeast. With a major grant…

    Vote for the November Photo-observation of the Month

    Vote for the November Photo-observation of the Month

    With October’s foliage extravaganza long over, the brown and gray month of November posed a challenge for photo of the…

    Bumble Bees in Peril

    Bumble Bees in Peril

    Unprecedented search by VCE reveals four species either extinct or declining More than one-quarter of Vermont’s bumble bee species, which…

    Vermont Atlas of Life Map of the Week: Rusty-patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis)

    Vermont Atlas of Life Map of the Week: Rusty-patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis)

    As recently as the 1990s the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee was a relatively common bee in Vermont. They were probably found…

    How Falcons Die

    How Falcons Die

    A new VCE study tracks Peregrine Falcons at birth and at death One peregrine falcon, which hatched on a cliff…

    One Day, Two Ross's

    One Day, Two Ross’s

    A rare birdwatching feat: One Day, Two Ross’s from VCE Research Associate Bryan Pfeiffer. Read all about it and watch…

    Giant Data

    Giant Data

    On a cold, rainy day in November, Kent McFarland is happy: he’s found a butterfly. Well, okay, it’s not exactly…

    Vermont Atlas of Life Map of the Week: Rough-legged Hawk

    Vermont Atlas of Life Map of the Week: Rough-legged Hawk

    Keen birders have spotted the annual arrival of Rough-legged Hawk, a buteo of the north that winters here in Vermont….

    November eNews

    November eNews

    VCE’s eNews this month features articles on butterfly adaptation in winter, Snow Goose counts in Vermont, and “zombie leaves” on…

    Counting Snow Geese

    Counting Snow Geese

    By Ian Worley The first autumn snowfall in Vermont is the landing of Snow Geese in the Champlain Valley. This…

    The Last Butterfly

    The Last Butterfly

    For the past eight months they have flickered and fluttered among us – tiny flashes of red, orange, yellow and…

    Exposure to common herbicide could threaten global amphibian population

    Exposure to common herbicide could threaten global amphibian population

    Early-life exposure to the herbicide atrazine makes frogs more susceptible to death from chytrid (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis), a fungal disease implicated…

    Vermont Atlas of Life Map of the Week: Paper Birches

    Vermont Atlas of Life Map of the Week: Paper Birches

    With the leaves dropping fast, the intricate peeling bark of birch trees becomes more noticeable. Many people don’t realize that…

    An Itinerant Avian Visitor from the South

    An Itinerant Avian Visitor from the South

    Two vagrant birds in a single season do not exactly constitute an “invasion”, but this October’s appearances of two White-eyed…

    Vermont Atlas of Life Map of the Day: It's What the Fox Says

    Vermont Atlas of Life Map of the Day: It’s What the Fox Says

    Fox Sparrows are coming to a feeder near you! Check out the Vermont eBird data from contributors like you. Some…

    Vermont Atlas of Life Photo-observation of the Month

    Vermont Atlas of Life Photo-observation of the Month

    Our September guest photo-editor, Andrée Sanborn, selected some amazing photos from over 2,000 observations submitted to the Vermont Atlas of…

    Zombie Leaves

    Zombie Leaves

    Yellow and brown and down to earth, they might appear dead. But they are not quite dead. They are the…

    Abscission and Marcescence in the Woods

    Abscission and Marcescence in the Woods

    Across the hillsides many deciduous trees have lost their leaves, but some still sport a full golden-brown canopy shining brightly….

    Help Us Map Red Oak Distribution Throughout Vermont

    Help Us Map Red Oak Distribution Throughout Vermont

    If you’ve driven interstate 91 through Vermont from the border of Massachusetts in the south to the international border in…

    Loon Defending Itself from an Eagle

    Loon Defending Itself from an Eagle

    With the increase in Bald Eagle activity in Vermont, confrontations and flyovers are becoming a more common sight. There were…