• Field Trips with VCE Staff Scientists

    Join Us in the Field in Spring and Summer 2023

    Throughout the summer VCE’s staff scientists are spread across the state, monitoring breeding loons, atlasing butterflies, identifying Vermont’s wild bees, and more. We invite you to join them in the field to hear about their work and see what they are up to this field season. Check out our menu of trips and register below.

    Re-Vegetating Loon Rafts

    Location: Spectacle Pond in Island Pond, VT and Pensioner Pond in Charleston, VT
    Date: Rescheduled to May 10, 2023 10:30 – 2:00/2:30
    Trip Leader: VCE Loon Biologist Eric Hanson

     

    Vernal Pool Exploration

    Location: TBD in Windsor County, VT
    Date: May 3, 2023 10:00 – 12:00 (rain date May 4, 2023)
    Trip Leader: VCE Conservation Biologist Steve Faccio

     

    Birding in Mt. Auburn Cemetery

    Location: Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA
    Dates: May 5, 2023 and May 18, 2023 7:00 – 10:00
    Trip Leaders: VCE Board Member Jared Keyes and VCE Executive Director Susan Hindinger

     

    Long-Term Bird Monitoring at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest

    Location: Near Woodstock, NH
    Date: June 8, 2023 8:00 – 12:00 (rain date June 9, 2023)
    Trip Leader: VCE Data Scientist Mike Hallworth

     

    Loon Nest Checks

    Location: Chittenden, VT
    Date: June 15, 2023 12:30 – 4:00 (rain date: June 16, 2023)
    Trip Leader: VCE Loon Biologist Eric Hanson

     

    Fire Ecology in Dry Oak Forests

    Location: Green Mountain National Forest near Pownal, VT
    Date: June 29, 2023 (rain date June 30, 2023)
    Trip Leader: VCE Director of Conservation Science Ryan Rebozo. Plus, VCE Staff Biologist Nathaniel Sharp will help us identify butterflies along the way.

    Bumble Bee Workshop: Identification, Capture, and Handling

    Location: West Rupert, VT
    Date: July 6, 2023 11:00 – 1:00 (rain date July 7, 2023)
    Trip Leader: VCE Conservation Biologist Jason Hill

     

    Long-Term Forest Bird Monitoring

    Location: TBA in central or northern VT
    Date: July 11, 2023 10:00 – 12:00 (rain date July 12, 2023)
    Trip leader: VCE Conservation Biologist Steve Faccio and UVM PhD candidate Liza Morse

     

    Butterflies and Brews

    Location: Near Weathersfield, VT followed by a visit to a nearby Brewery
    Updated Date: July 19, 2023 10:30 – 12:30
    Trip Leader: VCE Conservation Biologist Kent McFarland

     

    Bumble Bee Workshop: Identification, Capture, and Handling

    Location: White River Junction, VT followed by an optional visit to a nearby cafe
    Date: July 20, 2023 11:00 -1:00 (rain date July 21, 2023)
    Trip Leader: VCE Conservation Biologist Jason Hill

     

    An Introduction to Bee-Watching

    Location: Richmond, VT
    Date: August 27, 2023 10:00 – 12:00
    Trip Leader: VCE Biologist Spencer Hardy
    Reserve your spot now!

    An Introduction to Bee-Watching

    Location: Essex, VT.
    Date: August 29, 2023 10:00 – 2:00 (rain date August 30, 2023)
    Trip Leader: VCE Biologist Spencer Hardy
    This field trip is full, but please add yourself to the waitlist here!

    Butterflies and Brews

    Location: Waitsfield, VT followed by a visit to a nearby brewery
    Date: September 6, 2023 10:30 – 12:30 (rain date September 7, 2023)
    Trip Leader: VCE Staff Biologist Nathaniel Sharp
    Reserve your spot now!

    Registration

    Space on these outings is limited. You can register online by clicking the links above to reserve your spot on one (or more) of these free trips, and you will receive additional details via email as the trip approaches. Contact VCE Development Coordinator Alyssa Fishman at with any questions.