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Beyond the Headlines: Where have Vermont's bees gone?

June 07, 2019

Galen Ettlin spoke with Leif Richardson from The Vermont Center for Ecostudies about the grave concerns they have for some bee populations around the region. Watch the interview on WCAX »

Field Guide to June 2019

June 01, 2019

Here in Vermont, we dream of June during the darkest winter days. Verdant wooded hillsides glowing brightly under a robin egg sky. Warm afternoon breezes rolling through the valleys as we lounge by the clear waters of a cold river. The chorus of birds waking us each morning. The smell of freshly cut grass wafting through the window. Butterflies skipping from one flower to the next. We forget about the clouds of black flies, the hum of the mosquitoes and the rainy days. June is a dream here. It’s days last forever. Here’s just a few of the natural history wonders for the month. Read the guide on the VCE Blog »

May 2019 Photo-observation of the Month

June 01, 2019

Congratulations to Charlotte Bill for winning the May 2019 Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. Charlotte wrote that “…it had just captured a small morsel and was in the process of trying to gulp it down. I think it was in the gulping process that the tongue came out!” Charlotte isn’t just adding her observations to the Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist, she’s also been busy helping to identify and confirm other observers’ contributions too. She has over 37,500 identifications and counting! Learn more on the VCE Blog »

Field Guide to May 2019

May 07, 2019

The month of May is a show-off. Grass glows green under blue skies. Woodland wildflowers break out of the ground and demand attention. Trees flower and leaves burst from long-dormant buds. Songbirds arrive on southern night winds and liven the dawn with a chorus of song. May shouts of life and rejuvenation. Here’s a few bits of natural history for your May days. Read the guide on the VCE Blog »

April 2019 Photo-observation of the Month

May 04, 2019

Congratulations to Ashley Bray for winning the April 2019 Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. The image of Wood Frog riding a Spotted Salamander during spring migration garnered the most votes. With nearly 5,500 photo-observations of 731 species submitted by nearly 550 observers this month, it was competitive. But the comical action shot showing this annual rite of spring won the most attention. Learn more on the VCE Blog »

Get the Buzz on the New Vermont Wild Bee Survey

April 23, 2019

The Vermont Wild Bee Survey represents the first steps towards understanding the status and biogeography of these key elements of Vermont’s natural heritage. Learn more and consider joining in the effort! Read more on the VCE Blog »

Red-winged Blackbirds Signal the Arrival of Spring

March 17, 2019

Perhaps the best sign of spring here in Vermont is the return of Red-winged Blackbirds. And they may also be a harbinger of long term change too. Learn more on the VCE Blog »

February 2019 Photo-observation of the Month

March 02, 2019

Congratulations to Michael Blust for winning the February 2019 Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. The images of Sharp-shinned Hawk preening in a mulberry tree and then staring into the camera lens garnered the most accolades. See the images and read more on the VCE Blog. »