• Posts tagged with nature

    Loon Departure Times

    Loon Departure Times

    Those lucky enough to still be spending time on their favorite Vermont lakes may have noticed the disappearance of their resident adult loons, even with chicks still around. When do loons take to the skies? Read on to find out.

    Mentoring an Eagle Scout for the Loon Project

    Mentoring an Eagle Scout for the Loon Project

    This past year, Caleb Nye of Hinesburg conducted numerous activities to assist the Vermont Loon Conservation Project, and the loons on Lake Iroquois, in pursuit of becoming an Eagle Scout.

    In the Field with VCE's Bird-friendly Maple Efficacy Study–Part II

    In the Field with VCE’s Bird-friendly Maple Efficacy Study–Part II

    Sam Blair, a UVM senior and seasonal field biologist working with Steve Faccio on VCE’s Bird-friendly Maple Efficacy Study, offers his reflections from the field in this second update.

    Mid-July Loon Update

    Mid-July Loon Update

    It’s mid-July, height of “loon season,” and just a few days away from Vermont’s 38th annual LoonWatch Day on Saturday, July 18. VCE’s loon biologist, Eric Hanson, gives us an update from Vermont’s lakes and ponds (with photos you won’t want to miss).

    In the Field with VCE's Bird-friendly Maple Efficacy Study

    In the Field with VCE’s Bird-friendly Maple Efficacy Study

    Here’s an update from the field (with amazing photos) from Sam Blair, a UVM senior and seasonal field biologist working with Steve Faccio on VCE’s Bird-friendly Maple Efficacy Study.

    Discover the Bees in Your Backyard this Spring

    Discover the Bees in Your Backyard this Spring

    Spencer Hardy, VCE’s Vermont Wild Bee Survey Project Coordinator, shares a video from the field, and how you can get involved in the Vermont Wild Bee Survey.

    2019 Norwich Bird Quest Racks up 177 Species

    2019 Norwich Bird Quest Racks up 177 Species

    Birders rose to the challenge in 2019, as the inaugural Norwich Bird Quest eclipsed its goal of 175 species found within town borders in a single year. Over 1,300 eBird checklists by 17 birders generated an impressive total of 177 species, with numerous surprises. The 2020 Quest is now underway, with even more ambitious goals!

    Of Birds and Buckets: Nocturnal Flight Call Recordings Shine A Light on Migration Timing

    Of Birds and Buckets: Nocturnal Flight Call Recordings Shine A Light on Migration Timing

    Most of our knowledge regarding the migration timing of songbirds comes from birding observations made during the day, even though much of the actual migration occurs at night. Is this a problem? As it turns out, it might be.

    Gifts for the Conservation-minded Person Who Has Everything

    Gifts for the Conservation-minded Person Who Has Everything

    “Honestly, I really don’t need anything.”

    We all have them. People in our lives who are impossible to shop for, because they have everything they need. The holidays are stressful enough without the added burden of having to think outside the box (and quickly) to make sure you have something for everyone. We at VCE would like to help you out this season by providing some creative, conservation-themed solutions to your gift-giving dilemmas!

    Fir Mast and Winter Weather Drives Survival in a Montane Forest Bird Species

    Fir Mast and Winter Weather Drives Survival in a Montane Forest Bird Species

    Recently published VCE paper describes unexpected findings in the quest to understand how environmental processes shape the population dynamics of Bicknell’s Thrush throughout their annual cycle.