New VCE Study Reveals Population Health of Mountain Songbirds
October 03, 2017
A 16-year study of mountain forest songbirds across New York and New England, including thrushes, warblers and other iconic species, has documented their population changes. Although species like Black-capped Chickadee and Swainson’s Thrush have thrived in the mountains during recent decades, some species that depend on the region’s evergreen forests of spruce and fir – notably Blackpoll Warbler – appear to have undergone substantial declines. The State of Mountain Birds, a new report by the Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE), documents the health of bird populations using data from a unique citizen-science project called Mountain Birdwatch (MBW).
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VCE Director of Science Named Elective Member of American Ornithological Society
August 17, 2017
EAST LANSING, MI — Dr. John Lloyd, the director of science at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE), and 58 others were named Elective Members of the American Ornithological Society (AOS) at the opening of their annual conference earlier this month. Each is selected by their peers for their significant contributions to ornithology and/or service to the society.
Lloyd becomes the third scientist at VCE to be named an Elective Member of the AOS; Kent McFarland was named an Elective Member in 2007 and Chris Rimmer has been an Elective Member since 2002 and a Fellow of the AOS since 2012. New Elective Members are nominated each year by current Elective Members, Fellows, or by AOS’ nominations committee, and are confirmed through a vote of the current Elective Members and Fellows.
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Vermont Launches Public Online Atlas of Damselflies and Dragonflies
April 21, 2017
Scientists in Vermont today launched an online atlas of damselflies and dragonflies, allowing anyone to report, track, study, discover or simply enjoy the charismatic insects. The Vermont Damselfly and Dragonfly Atlas presents vivid photos, real-time distribution maps and written profiles for 143 species found everywhere from backyard ponds to remote bogs and swamps.
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