Blunt Trauma is Determined as Cause of Death for Vermont’s Oldest Loon
July 24, 2023
Last month, the Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) announced the death of Vermont’s oldest known loon, a 31-year-old male from Newark Pond. At the time, VCE Vermont Loon Conservation Project biologist Eric Hanson was awaiting results from an autopsy report, hoping it would shed some light on the loon’s cause of death and overall health. Hanson received the results last week, and they show the loon was in excellent health at the time of its death and displayed injuries consistent with blunt trauma.
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New Report Uses Big Data to Establish Vermont Biodiversity Baseline
June 12, 2023
By 2100, Vermont is estimated to experience a net loss of 386 species (or 6%), under the current carbon emission scenario. This comes among several key findings outlined in a new report from the Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE). Their report marks the 10th Anniversary of the Vermont Atlas of Life, an ambitious project that harnesses the power of community science and professional biologists to discover, document, and map Vermont’s biodiversity.
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VCE Announces New Executive Director
May 26, 2022
After a comprehensive, six-month search, Susan Hindinger has been appointed as incoming Executive Director of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE). Hindinger has served as VCE’s Associate Director since 2014, adding operational leadership and helping to guide the organization’s growth. She will officially assume her new role on October 1, 2022, succeeding retiring founder Chris Rimmer.
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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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