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.
The World of Bees, Lady Beetles, and Other Insects
Did you know there are over 300 species of wild bees in Vermont? And that 14 out of 34 Vermont lady beetle species haven’t been seen for decades? There are far more questions than answers when it comes to understanding the status of the insect biodiversity all around us. These video offerings will set you on a path of mystery and discovery in the diminutive world of insects.
Recorded Webinar: Bumble Bee Natural History and Conservation in Vermont
VCE conservation biologist Kent McFarland presents the natural history and conservation status of the bumble bee species known to Vermont, highlighting results of the Vermont Bumble Bee Atlas, in this introductory lecture for the Salisbury, VT Conservation Commission. (Length: 1h 21m)
Learn something new about bumble bees »
Join Spencer Hardy, VCE's Vermont Wild Bee Survey Coordinator, in the field as he searches for rare bees in Williston. Learn more about VCE's Vermont Wild Bee Survey at http://val.vtecostudies.org/projects/vtbees. (Photo: A female Oil-collecting Bee (Macropis) / © Spencer Hardy) (Length: 3m 22s)
See what he finds... »
Spencer Hardy, VCE's Vermont Wild Bee Survey Project Coordinator, is on the hunt for the first wild bees of the year. Learn more about VCE's Vermont Wild Bee Survey at http://val.vtecostudies.org/projects/vtbees. (Length: 2m 46s)
Watch Spencer catch a wild bee »
Recorded Webinar: Bee Conservation in Vermont
Join Spencer Hardy to learn about Vermont's bee species, facts about bee life, and VCE's Vermont Wild Bee Survey. You're guaranteed to find yourself thinking, "I didn't know that about bees!" during this presentation. (Length: 32m 36s)
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Recorded Webinar: Help Us Find Vermont's Missing Lady Beetles
Did you know that 14 of Vermont's 34 Lady Beetle species are missing? Learn about these fascinating beetles and how you can help us discover every species in the state! (Length: 1h 2m)
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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.
Desktop Discovery: On the Trail of Bicknell’s Thrush in Cuba
Cuba is an important refuge for overwintering Bicknell's Thrush, as one of only four Greater Antillean islands that support the species' entire global population in winter. Since 2017, Chris Rimmer and colleagues at VCE have explored remote high-mountain forests in eastern Cuba in search of this rare, elusive and globally vulnerable songbird. During this webinar, Chris tells the story of VCE's efforts to elucidate the status of Bicknell's Thrush on Cuba, including arduous field work in areas that may never before have been visited by humans. His illustrated presentation not only recounts the fascinating natural history and annual cycle challenges of Bicknell's Thrush, but highlights Cuba's remarkable ecological diversity and wonderfully warm people. (Length: 58m 35s)
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Recorded Webinar: 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 »
Here you’ll find webinars and videos presented by VCE staff and collaborators on the effects of climate change on wildlife habitats and life histories.
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.