From birds to butterflies and everything in between, join one of our biodiversity missions. Naturalists of all ages and abilities from around the Green Mountain State are helping us monitor Vermont life.
Vermonters have long upheld a tradition of documenting biodiversity. The VAL missions are projects that are short in duration and easy for just about anyone to join and contribute observations for science and conservation. Pick one, or several, and join the community!
Northeast Darner Flight Watch (March 15 - May 15, 2022)
We discovered that Common Green Darner spring migration closely follows the average daily temperature of 48° F northward. Will climate change shift their migration and arrival dates? Help beat our predictions! It's easy and fun!
West Virginia White Watch (April 1 - June 6, 2022)
Spring is changing. The snow is melting earlier, wildflowers are blooming sooner, and trees are leafing out faster. How are West Virginia White butterflies faring? Help us find out!
Vermont Lady Beetle BioBlitz (June 4-12, 2022)
Join VCE and community naturalists across Vermont from June 4 to June 12, 2022 for the Vermont Lady Beetle BioBlitz! Search for lady beetles wherever you are, in your backyard and while enjoying your favorite natural areas.
Vermont Moth Blitz (July 16-24, 2022)
Celebrate National Moth Week! Explore Vermont's astounding moth diversity! By participating in our annual Moth Blitz, you will help the Vermont Moth Atlas develop a better understanding of the moths that call the Green Mountain State home.
Vermont Mission Monarch Blitz (July 22-31, 2022)
The annual International Monarch Monitoring Blitz aims to capture a snapshot of the state of monarch populations breeding in Vermont and beyond. It is easy and fun for all ages! We've extended the Vermont Mission Monarch Blitz until August 8th due to so much rain.
Vermont Wild Bee Missions 2022
Join our iNaturalist project for bee finding missions through the growing season. We'll help you make sense of the staggering bee diversity when we send you on missions to find certain bees, and you'll help us collect observations from across the state to better understand their ranges and phenology and ultimately their conservation.
Giant Silk Moth Cocoon Watch (November 2022)
The leaves have fallen exposing these amazing cocoons in the trees and shrubs. How many of large cocoons can you find? Join us in the search and add your discoveries to our iNaturalist project.