Webinar: 10th Anniversary VAL Report
June 14, 2023
By 2100, Vermont is estimated to experience a net loss of 386 species (or 6%), under the current carbon emission scenario. This comes among several key findings outlined in a new report. It marks the 10th Anniversary of the Vermont Atlas of Life, an ambitious project that harnesses the power of community science and professional biologists to discover, document, and map Vermont’s biodiversity.The report uses nearly 8 million observations from almost 12,000 species reported from across the state to help establish a biodiversity baseline for Vermont. As the researchers explain, this baseline is critical for understanding and measuring future biodiversity changes caused by landscape alteration, climate change and other environmental perturbations. Join our webinar on Wednesday, June 14 at 10AM to learn more from Dr. Michael Hallworth, data scientists and lead author.
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Webinar: State of Vermont's Wild Bees Report
Watch our webinar from Thursday, November 17 about the wild bee species in Vermont. Over 350 wild bee species call Vermont home, but 55 of those species urgently need conservation action. A new report from the Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE), in collaboration with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department (VFWD), provides the first comprehensive assessment of Vermont’s bees. The Vermont State of Bees report, released today by biologists working on VCE’s Vermont Atlas of Life, was created using more than 55,000 observations of bees from hundreds of community scientists and biologists across the state.
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Mission Identify - webinar and video series
Learning to identify unfamiliar species is often a daunting task, and can feel more manageable when you have a whole community of naturalists in your pocket (on iNaturalist!). Identifications on iNaturalist and eButterfly are entirely crowd-sourced, coming from users such as yourself! These identifications are both valuable for the growth of each naturalist and for researchers who utilize the occurrence data from iNaturalist/ eButterfly. The Mission Identify webinar recording provides an overview of the Identify feature on iNatualist and eButterfly, along introductions to the identtification of butterflies, beetles, herbaceous plants, trees, and amphibians. Since we had too much information to cram into one presentation, this showcase also contains full ID videos (each between 15 and 30 minutes) on the aforementioned taxa.
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Learn How to use eButterfly!
March 30, 2021
Every time butterfly watchers raise binoculars and cameras to record a butterfly sighting, they collect important data. Recording the number, date, and location of each and every butterfly, no matter how common or rare, can be invaluable to science and conservation. eButterfly is the tool for any butterfly enthusiast. You don’t have to be an expert to make a difference. Everyone can play a part, and it couldn’t be easier. Just login to eButterfly and contribute your butterfly discoveries!
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Meadows Abloom: Fall Wildflowers and Their Pollinators
September 10, 2020
In late summer and early fall meadows come alive with wildflowers and insects. From the graceful pink Joe Pye Weed that blooms in mid-August to New England Aster, one of the last spectacles of the year, there is so much to see and enjoy in the fields near your home—maybe even right in your own backyard. In this webinar Liz Thompson, Director of Conservation Science for the Vermont Land Trust, and Kent McFarland, Conservation Biologist with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, take viewers on a tour of a meadow in Jericho, Vermont. They focus in on the aster family and many pollinator species. After their presentation, viewers asked questions for 45 minutes (!) — we’ve left that in the video.
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Loon Behavior and Rescues
May 20, 2020
Eric Hanson will present a webinar focused on the behavior of loons. Loons are unique in that we can watch these interactions during every daylight hour. I will go over results of 25 years of banding research in Wisconsin by Dr. Walter Piper detailing what is happening during loon territorial interactions, when and where chicks return to, and other stories. In addition, I’ll share some rescue stories, some successful, some not, but always interesting.
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All About Spring Migration
May 13, 2020
Spring is an exhilarating time for naturalists, and especially for birders as our forests, fields and waterways fill with the sounds and colors of migrants. Join VCE Executive Director Chris Rimmer for a spring migration discussion! This webinar will provide an overview of spring migration, focusing on the songbirds (thrushes, warblers, orioles, tanagers, and sparrows) that grace us in May. Some are here to nest, while others merely pass through en route to boreal habitats further north. Emphasis will be on the dazzling diversity of different species, their migration strategies, and how to learn their identification.
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