• VCE Blog

    Outdoor Radio: Visiting Stark's Winter Den

    Outdoor Radio: Visiting Stark’s Winter Den

    In this month’s episode of Outdoor Radio, Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra join the team of biologists from Vermont Fish and Wildlife and the Green Mountain National Forest to visit the winter den of one male bear, nicknamed Stark, so that they can replace the GPS collar that tracks his movements.

    VCE Biologist Eric Hanson Wins GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award

    VCE Biologist Eric Hanson Wins GMP-Zetterstrom Environmental Award

    We are proud to announce that Eric Hanson, VCE’s loon biologist since 1998 and the guiding force behind recovery of Vermont’s formerly endangered common loon, was presented the 2019 Green Mountain Power (GMP) Zetterstrom Environmental Award on April 23rd!

    Get the Buzz on the New Vermont Wild Bee Survey

    Get the Buzz on the New Vermont Wild Bee Survey

    The Vermont Wild Bee Survey represents the first steps towards understanding the status and biogeography of these key elements of Vermont’s natural heritage. Learn more and consider joining in the effort!

    Outdoor Radio: Searching for the Elusive American Marten

    Outdoor Radio: Searching for the Elusive American Marten

    In this month’s episode of Outdoor Radio, we join three biologists that work with American Marten conservation and recovery as we travel by car, snowmobile, and snowshoes deep into the southern Green Mountains in search of this rare predator.

    My Fair Lady Beetle

    My Fair Lady Beetle

    Since at least the 1980s, native Lady Beetles that were once very common across the Northeast have become rare or have even gone missing. Learn more about Vermont lady beetles and help us find them.

    March 2019 Photo-observation of the Month

    March 2019 Photo-observation of the Month

    Congratulations to Kyle Tansley for winning the March 2019 Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. The image of a male Northern Cardinal attacking his own reflection garnered the most votes.

    A Field Guide to April 2019

    A Field Guide to April 2019

    In April the northern forest is laid bare with cold desire. Sight, sounds, and smell – April leaves none of our senses void. Here’s our guide to some of the joys of April.

    Red-winged Blackbirds Signal the Arrival of Spring

    Red-winged Blackbirds Signal the Arrival of Spring

    Perhaps the best sign of spring here in Vermont is the return of Red-winged Blackbirds. They may also be a harbinger of long term change too.

    A Field Guide to March 2019

    A Field Guide to March 2019

    On Wednesday, March 20th at 5:58 PM EST, spring arrives in the north. While the sun may be predictable, March weather is not. March is a month of battles between warm and cold, between winter’s refusal to leave and spring’s insistence on coming. So here’s some signs of spring in this Field Guide to March.

    February 2019 Photo-observation of the Month

    February 2019 Photo-observation of the Month

    Congratulations to for winning the February 2019 Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. The images of Sharp-shinned Hawk preening in a mulberry tree and then staring into the camera lens garnered the most accolades.

    Just Released: VCE and Colleagues Publish a Groundbreaking Study of Avian Nesting Success on Hispaniola

    Just Released: VCE and Colleagues Publish a Groundbreaking Study of Avian Nesting Success on Hispaniola

    VCE and colleagues recently published the first-ever assessment of nesting ecology and reproductive success of resident birds across Sierra de Bahoruco in the Dominican Republic – including two rare endemic species whose nests had never before been described to science.

    VCE Breaks New Ground (Literally) in Cuba

    VCE Breaks New Ground (Literally) in Cuba

    VCE’s 2019 field expedition to Cuba’s remote Bayamesa mountain range pioneered new ground, endured a few hardships, uncovered small numbers of overwintering Bicknell’s Thrush, and yielded comparisons with legendary Swedish botanical explorer Erik Ekman a century earlier.

    VCE Biologists Discover Migratory Patterns of Two North American Grassland Bird Species

    VCE Biologists Discover Migratory Patterns of Two North American Grassland Bird Species

    A new VCE study sheds light on the annual movements of two grassland bird species and yields surprising results that may help transform the way we manage grassland bird populations, both across international borders and throughout their annual cycle.

    January 2019 Photo-observation of the Month

    January 2019 Photo-observation of the Month

    Congratulations to Cat Abbott for winning the January 2019 Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. The image of an Eastern Coyote staring at the camera in a marvelous winter scene was the most popular photo-observation.

    Outdoor Radio: Winter World of Beavers

    Outdoor Radio: Winter World of Beavers

    Even during the coldest days of winter a beaver family remains warm and protected in the lodge. They’ve prepared a cache of food under the ice just outside the lodge to snack on all winter. And they’ve feasted all summer and fall to build a store of fat in their tails as a reserve too. It’s a long, dark winter for the beavers, but they’re prepared. In this month’s episode of Outdoor Radio, join us on a frozen beaver pond in Pomfret, Vermont. as we explore what winter is like for a beaver family.

    Field Guide to February 2019

    Field Guide to February 2019

    This month, wildlife and the rest of us here in New England will cross a threshold – arbitrary yet not insignificant: 10 hours of daylight. Even though we’ve got lots more winter, at least the sound of spring is in the air. So here’s a Field Guide to February to help get your hopes up, no matter what that sleepy woodchuck predicts.

    From Snowbanks to Cloud Forests: Chris Rimmer is Cuba Bound

    From Snowbanks to Cloud Forests: Chris Rimmer is Cuba Bound

    VCE’s Chris Rimmer is bound for eastern Cuba. He’ll trade a foot-plus of new snow and subzero temperatures for humid cloud forests and Cuban Trogons.

    Help Us Map and Identify Oak

    Help Us Map and Identify Oak

    Ready to participate in science? We have a job for you! Your mission is to record as many observations of oak trees (in the wild) throughout Vermont as possible in the Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist. Together, we can create a basemap of oak distribution for comparison now and into the future.

    2019: Norwich Year of the Bird

    2019: Norwich Year of the Bird

    Norwich 2019 Year of the Bird is underway. This is an informal (but serious) challenge to birders to explore the avian diversity of Norwich, get outdoors, share the thrill of discovery, and learn. The collective goal is to document 175 species within the town’s borders during 2019. A special web page will allow everyone to keep track and share their sightings through Vermont eBird. Grab your binoculars and join the quest!

    The 2018 Vermont eBird County Quest Awards

    The 2018 Vermont eBird County Quest Awards

    From a tiny Northern Saw-whet Owl in Ripton on January 1st to a Snowy Owl on the Burlington Waterfront on New Year’s Eve, Vermont birders scoured fields and fens, mountains and meadows, lakes and lawns to discover as many bird species as possible during the 8th annual Vermont eBird County Quest.

    Move over Monarchs: VCE and Colleagues Reveal Astonishing Dragonfly Migration

    Move over Monarchs: VCE and Colleagues Reveal Astonishing Dragonfly Migration

    A recent study examines the chemistry locked in dragonfly wings to uncover the surprising annual migration of the Common Green Darner.

    Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist Builds Biodiversity Big Data in 2018

    Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist Builds Biodiversity Big Data in 2018

    In 2018 almost 2,400 naturalists contributed nearly 72,000 observations representing more than 3,100 species verified. Over 1,940 naturalists helped to identify and verify data.

    December 2018 Photo-observation of the Month

    December 2018 Photo-observation of the Month

    Congratulations to Kyle Tansley for winning the December 2018 Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. The image of a Barred Owl with a rodent in its bill was the most popular photo-observation.

    Field Guide to January 2019

    Field Guide to January 2019

    Although the days are slowly growing longer, life in the Northeast now finds itself in the coldest depths of winter. Here’s a few tidbits of natural history happening outdoors this month around you.

    Outdoor Radio: Pine Grosbeak Irruption

    Outdoor Radio: Pine Grosbeak Irruption

    In this episode of Outdoor Radio, join us as we chase after Pine Grosbeaks and learn about winter finch irruptions.

    VCE Presents the 2018 Julie Nicholson Citizen Scientist Award

    VCE Presents the 2018 Julie Nicholson Citizen Scientist Award

    For her many contributions to advancing wildlife conservation as a volunteer citizen scientist, the staff and board of VCE are proud to present Elinor with the 2018 Julie Nicholson Citizen Scientist Award.

    VCE Staff Picks 2018: Books for Nature Nerds

    VCE Staff Picks 2018: Books for Nature Nerds

    Still unsure what to get your nerdy loved ones this holiday season? Looking for a good book yourself and don’t…

    Study Reveals Striking Decline of Vermont’s Bumble Bees

    Study Reveals Striking Decline of Vermont’s Bumble Bees

    A new study examining 100 years of bumble bee records reveals that almost half of Vermont’s species, which are vital pollinators, have either vanished or are in serious decline.

    The Secret to Better Berries? Wild Bees

    The Secret to Better Berries? Wild Bees

    Want bigger, faster-growing blueberries? New research shows wild bees are an essential secret ingredient in larger and better blueberry yields – producing plumper, faster-ripening berries.

    Where are the Whip-poor-wills? 2018 Field Season Update

    Where are the Whip-poor-wills? 2018 Field Season Update

    For more than a decade, VCE has led a project that takes place while most folks are fast asleep. Learn about our 2018 Whip-poor-will Project survey results, and find out how you can get involved!