What lives here? Where is it? What's common? What's at risk? What will be? As human activity profoundly alters the map of life on local and global scales, our response requires knowledge of plant and animal distributions across vast landscapes and over long periods of time.
Vermonters cannot respond effectively to climate change, natural disasters, invasive species, and other environmental and economic threats without an understanding of the state's living resources. At stake is nothing less than the health of our natural world, economy, and human health itself.
Contribute to a Crowdsource Project
From birds to butterflies and everything in between, your biodiversity sightings can make a difference. 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.
A real-time, online checklist program, since 2003 Vermont eBird has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds.
A real-time, online checklist program for butterfly watchers, eButterfly is providing a new way to report, organize and access information about butterflies in Vermont and beyond.
Vermonters marvel at the life around us all the time. What if all those observations were shared online, creating a living record of biodiversity in Vermont that could be used to monitor changes and learn more about nature? That's the vision behind iNaturalist Vermont.
The Phoenix Project
Those who forget the past are doomed … to forsake priceless data that can help us conserve wildlife. This ambitious project aims to retrieve historic bird sightings, some a century old, now trapped in notebooks, on scraps of paper and in dusty file drawers. With help from virtual volunteers and novel crowd-source technology.
Vermont Butterfly Big Year 2016
With the help of an army of citizen scientists, the Vermont Butterfly Big Year aims to record every species of butterfly in Vermont this year. It’s a blend of science, education, competition, enjoyment, and a quest to monitor the changing nature of the state.
Explore a Wildlife Atlas Project
Vermonters have long upheld a tradition of documenting biodiversity. Biologists and citizen scientists have recently completed major statewide atlases of breeding birds, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians, beetles, moths and more. Explore these specific atlasing efforts and learn about the diversity and conservation status our natural heritage.
Breeding Bird Atlas
The Vermont Breeding Bird Atlas (VBBA) is the most comprehensive bird survey in the state, and occurs only once every 25 years.
From 2002 - 2007 volunteers of all kinds searched fields and fens, mountains and meadows, even their own backyards, to survey Vermont butterflies.
Giant Silkmoth Atlas
From 2002 - 2007 volunteers helped document the status of four of the largest moth species in the state.
Vermont Bumble Bee Survey
From 2012 to 2014, VCE biologists and citizen scientists spread across the state, from roadsides to mountain meadows, to survey bumble bees, and the similar appearing, Eastern Carpenter Bee. Nearly half of these bees are of conservation concern.
Dragonfly and Damselfly Atlas
Vermont's fauna was poorly known until a new wave of fieldwork beginning in the late 1990s quickly relieved Vermont of its reputation as the most mysterious among New England states for odonates. This atlas presents the evidence.
Tiger Beetle Atlas
There are many passionate followers of tiger beetles. Vermont has 17 species of these charismatic insects and over half of them are of conservation concern. This atlas represents years of field work by many contributors with new records added each year.
Vernal Pool Mapping Project
VCE and our partner Arrowwood Environmental have mapped the location of nearly 5,000 potential and known vernal pools across Vermont. With help from volunteers, we're refining our map every year. The map is already helping landowners, municipal officials and citizen naturalists protect these wetlands and their vibrant communities of amphibians and invertebrates.
Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas
This independent project, with the help of volunteers and collaborations with organizations such as VCE, collects distribution and other information to help conserve Vermont’s reptiles and amphibians. All sightings added to iNaturalist Vermont are shared with this project.
Vermont Freshwater Mussel Atlas
The mission of the Vermont Freshwater Mussel Atlas is to bring past, present, and future knowledge about freshwater mussel biogeography into currency for conservation, science, and society. Vermont has 18 native species and the majority are of conservation concern. Learn more about these bellwethers of water quality.