April 2023 eNews
In April, the northern forest is laid bare with cold desire. Our long-dormant senses awaken. The sweet smell of soil rises to our noses, carried by the ultralight spores of Streptomyces bacteria launched into the air by the impact of raindrops. Our ears cock skyward at dusk as a Woodcock chatters and twitters above. Spring Peepers burst forth in the evening, with up to 4,000 peeps an hour. Blades of wild leeks slice through autumn's soggy, brown remains to release sweet-onion perfume. Bright white Hepatica opens for wild bees and provides a feast for our eyes. The smell of smoke can fill the air. For a short time before the forest turns green, fires can quickly run through the understory. April leaves none of our senses void.
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March 2023 eNews
On Wednesday, March 20th, at 5:24 PM EST, spring arrives in the north. The spring equinox marks the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator – an imaginary line in the sky above Earth’s equator – from south to north. It is also at spring equinox that people worldwide can see the sun rise exactly due east and set exactly due west. While the sun may be predictable, March weather is not. In fact, March is appropriately named for the Roman god of war, Mars. March is a month of battles between warm and cold, between winter’s refusal to leave and spring’s insistence on coming.
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February 2023 eNews
This month, wildlife and the rest of us here in New England will cross an arbitrary, not insignificant threshold: 10 hours of daylight. You can sense it when you head out in the morning: Northern Cardinals, House Finches, and Black-capped Chickadees are among the birds breaking out into song, and Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers are starting to drum. Even though we’ve got lots more winter, at least the sound of spring is in the air.
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January 2022 eNews
The new year is here and it's time reflect. In this month's eNews, you will find year-end summaries from the Vermont Atlas of Life, including 2021 biodiversity highlights, results from the 11th eBird County Quest, and much more. As always, check out Field Guide to learn what nature sightings to keep a look out for in January.
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December 2021 eNews
December is upon us, bringing with it flurries, scurries, and a deepening stillness as creatures large and small make their final pre-winter preparations. This month's eNews shares suggestions for winter wildlife watching, a late-season loon rescue, show-stealing vireos, updates on upcoming events, and much more.
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September 2021 eNews
In September, summer's heat slowly fades into crisp autumn mornings and signals the end of another exciting field season for VCE biologists. This eNews shares their updates, including a new loon record, monarch blitz highlights, a surprising Mt. Mansfield banding turnout, and much more.
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August 2021 eNews
The final, sweltering days of summer are here and this month's eNews is full to the brim! Read our whip-poor-will team's end-of-season report, discover which butterfly species was recently sighted in Vermont, get an update on this year's moth blitz, and, of course, find out what to keep your eye out for this month in Field Guide.
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April 2021 eNews
The Field Guide to April, dancing porcupines, flying squirrels, moving mammals, springtime slime - and more! April eNews is packed with fascinating natural history tidbits, conservation news, and VCE events.
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February 2021 eNews
In this month's issue you'll find the 2020 eButterfly year in review, VCE's virtual events line up, and the fascinating field guide to February, featuring Star-nosed Moles, Fishers, Snow Scorpionflies, and more!
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November 2020 eNews
The month of November has more to offer than a lot of sticks! Read on to learn about jumping worms, luminous larches, strategic shrews, butcher birds, and other natural history tidbits to look for outdoors. And you'll find VCE research updates and virtual events in this issue, too.
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June 2020 eNews
What's in this month's eNews? Rediscovery of a lost lady beetle, Backyard Bird Quest results, first round winners of the Vermont Atlas of Life Observation Contest for K-6 Graders, natural history wonders in the Field Guide to June, and other interesting tidbits (and as always, lots of fabulous photography)!
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May 2020 eNews
This month's issue is packed with an impressive list of events (both virtual and "real life"), eButterfly news, your Field Guide to May, Backyard Bird Quest 2020, World Migratory Bird Day, Outdoor Radio, and more.
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