Science Videos, Recorded Webinars, and More.
Uniting people and science for conservation is not only VCE’s mission, it’s our passion. Browse our collection of VCE biologist-produced videos, webinars, and other multimedia offerings designed to help learners of all ages engage with the natural world.
Vernal pools are a unique type of wetland habitat. Each spring, rain and melting snow fill these small, shallow depressions on the land (think wicked big puddles). With no permanent inlet or outlet, the water very slowly dries up over the summer, preventing fish from taking up residence. This “ephemeral” nature of vernal pools makes them uniquely suited to support several species of animals that require these temporary wetland habitats for their very survival. Learn about vernal pool ecology and the charismatic critters that call them home in this collection of videos and webinars.
Wild Bees, Lady Beetles, and Other Insects
Did you know there are over 300 species of wild bees in Vermont? There’s more to bees (and, more bees) than meets the eye! These video offerings will set you on a path of bee discovery. Watch this space for future videos and webinars about some of the other insects that VCE studies as well.
VCE conducts several bird research and monitoring projects – Mountain Birdwatch, Vermont Loon Conservation Project, Grassland Bird Conservation, Forest Bird Monitoring Program, Eastern Whip-poor-will Project, Mountain Songbird Research and Conservation, and Caribbean Forest Bird Research and Conservation. Plus, we really like birdwatching. Here you’ll find an assortment of videos and webinars about our feathered friends from all corners of the Western Hemisphere.
Grassland Bird Ecology and Conservation
Join VCE's Grassland Bird Outreach team, Liza Morse and Kevin Tolan, for this program about grassland birds in Vermont. Grassland birds are undergoing the most drastic decline of any bird community in the continental U.S. Learn about the ecology and natural history of the predominant grassland breeding bird species in Vermont: Bobolinks, Savannah Sparrows, and Eastern Meadowlarks. (Length: 1h 8m)
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Managing Grasslands for Birds
VCE's Grassland Bird Outreach Team, Liza Morse and Kevin Tolan, and Vermont Land Trust's Pieter van Loon hosted this virtual workshop about grassland bird ecology and habitat management for landowners. Grassland birds are undergoing the most drastic decline of any bird community in the continental United States. Being informed about grassland habitat management will help landowners with fields or pastures of 10 acres or more to become grassland bird conservationists. (Length: 1h 16m)
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Recorded Webinar: Loon Behavior and Stories from the Field
You are guaranteed to learn something you didn't know about loons in this webinar! VCE loon biologist Eric Hanson packed this presentation with beautiful slides and stories from the field. (Length: 1h)
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Seeking the Enigmatic Bicknell's Thrush in Cuba
In January 2018, VCE's Chris Rimmer and colleagues from the Cuban science institute BIOECO led a field survey of Bicknell's Thrush on its wintering grounds in the remote mountains of Parque Nacional Pico Turquino in eastern Cuba. Join the crew as they navigate wet, high-elevation trails in search of this avian needle in a haystack. (Length: 12m 19s)
Experience the sights and sounds of the Cuban cloud forest »
Ever hear of a timberdoodle, a Labrador twister, a night partridge, or a bog sucker? These are all names for the American Woodcock (Scolopax minor), a crepuscular bird belonging to the sandpiper family. Male woodcock display in early spring in open areas or "singing grounds," spiraling upwards to a height of two-hundred to three-hundred feet. In this video, listen for the sounds of the male's antics as he puts on an evening performance for some lucky female. (Length: 1m 30s)
Go timberdoodlin' with Liza »
Citizen Science Tools
Did you know that you don’t need a background in science to be a Citizen Scientist? From backyards and bogs to mountains and meadows, you’ll find many ways to get involved and make a real contribution to wildlife conservation. If you’d rather not muck around a swamp or hike to a summit, you can still volunteer for VCE – even from the comfort of home. Explore your options to participate in VCE science on our Volunteer page!
Listen and Learn
Here you’ll find audio-only selections for your listening (and learning) pleasure.