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October 2018 Photo-observation of the Month

November 02, 2018

It was a hotly contested race this month, with the winner squeaking by the other amazing photo-observations. Congratulations to Joanne Russo for winning the October 2018 Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. The image of a beautiful Eastern Milksnake was the most popular photo-observation. Learn more on the VCE Blog »

Field Guide to November

November 01, 2018

As leaves continue to fall and the first flakes begin to fly, the oncoming cold weather seems to bring nature to a standstill. On the contrary, there remains a lot to be discovered in Vermont during this transitional period. Careful observers can witness the tail end of migration as waterfowl and hawks continue their journey south, a few hardy species of butterflies and moths remain to further brighten sunny days, and avian visitors from even further north will begin to raid feeders across New England. Learn more in our Field Guide to November. »

Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist Surpasses Quarter Million Observations

October 05, 2018

Micki Colbeck snapped a photograph of a beautiful patch of Delicate Fern Moss and submitted it to the Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist, becoming the 250,000 observation for the project. Join our growing community of citizen naturalists from around the Green Mountain State in discovering and sharing observations of Vermont life. Your observations can be turned into research-grade, citizen science data that will help us discover, track and ultimately conserve our natural heritage. Read more on the VCE Blog »

Big data for biodiversity: Vermont Atlas of Life helps GBIF.org surpass 1 billion species occurrences

October 02, 2018

In July the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) surpassed 1 billion species occurrence records with at least one record for over a million species. The milestone symbolizes a major collective achievement, one made possible through the work of the GBIF network, including the Vermont Atlas of Life (VAL) at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies which has contributed over 4 million records and counting! Read the post on the VCE Blog »

Vermont Naturalists Find Over 370 Species During National Moth Week

August 10, 2018

Volunteer naturalists from across Vermont uploaded over 1,200 images of moths comprising more than 370 species during National Moth Week. Moth watchers here in Vermont have added nearly 100 new species to the Vermont checklist via the Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist and have documented 1,248 species across the state so far! Learn more on the VCE Blog »

When a Bluet Isn’t Blue: Vermont’s “Newest” Damselfly

August 08, 2018

Congratulations, Vermont. You’ve got a new damselfly. Nick Block found one at a pond in southern Vermont. It becomes Vermont’s 45th known damselfly species (along with 101 known dragonfly species). Nick’s Scarlet Bluet record is now enshrined with the Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist. Read more on the VCE Blog »

Rare 'Cuckoo' Bumblebee Spotted in Vermont

July 18, 2018

Researchers are surveying bumblebees at four northeast National Wildlife Refuges in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maine and Vermont this summer. During the Vermont survey in the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge in Swanton, surveyors say they made an unusual find: a bumblebee that's only been seen twice before in Vermont. And now, several more observations have been found and added to the Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist. Learn more at VPR »

The 2017 Vermont eBird County Quest Awards

January 12, 2018

From an Eastern Screech Owl in Wilder on January 1st to a Snowy Owl in Bridport on December 31st, Vermont birders scoured fields and fens, mountains and meadows, lakes and lawns to discover as many bird species as possible during the 7th annual Vermont eBird County Quest. With nearly 40,000 complete checklists submitted to Vermont eBird, comprising over 300,000 bird records, representing 281 bird species, and tallied by 1,732 birders in 2017, there is no doubt it was another banner year for birders and Vermont eBird. Franklin County, once an under-birded underdog, topped the field for the 4th year in a row and claimed the 2017 Quest Cup with a record score of 34.5 birds over par. Learn more about this fun contest and all the results on the VCE Blog. »