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.

Explore and join a Wildlife Survey

Vermonters have long upheld a tradition of documenting biodiversity. Biologists and citizen scientists have recently completed major statewide surveys of breeding birds, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians, beetles, moths and more. Explore these specific surveying efforts and learn about the diversity and conservation status our natural heritage.

Vermont Wild Bee Survey

Although we estimate there are about 250 species of wild bees in Vermont, there has never been a full survey. Without even a checklist of species, it is very difficult to know whether populations are healthy or declining. VTBees is the first step in assessing bee populations across Vermont. We begin our quest this year in Chittenden County.

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Vermont Bumble Bee Atlas

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.

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Birder Broker

Birder Broker connects landowners interested in learning more about birds breeding on their property with experienced birders looking for new places to go birding while at the same time contributing their expertise to citizen science efforts.

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Breeding Bird Atlas

The Vermont Breeding Bird Atlas is the most comprehensive bird survey in the state, and occurs only once every 25 years. The first atlas was from 1976-1981 and the second was completed in 2003-2007. Learn about the birds and their populations changes and join us for the third atlas in just 12 more years!

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Butterfly Survey

From 2002 - 2007 volunteers of all kinds searched fields and fens, mountains and meadows, even their own backyards, to survey Vermont butterflies.

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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.

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Giant Silkmoth Atlas

From 2002 - 2007 volunteers helped document the status of four of the largest moth species in the state.

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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.

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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.

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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 the Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist are shared with this project.

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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.

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