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VAL Updating the Checklist of Vermont Moths

June 08, 2017

The checklist of Vermont moths is being updated by the Vermont Atlas of Life. Thanks to the tireless efforts of both professional and amateur Lepidopterists, since the 1995 landmark publication Moths and Butterflies of Vermont: A Faunal Checklist, nearly 400 new moth species have been found in Vermont. Preliminary results show us that there are now over 2,200 species of moths known from Vermont. And, there are likely many more awaiting our discovery. Read more at the VCE Blog »

39,000 Butterfly Checklists and Counting

June 02, 2017

From a graduate school student's lofty dream to a full-fledged citizen science program, eButterfly celebrates its 6th year with a new publication on butterfly conservation in a special issue of the journal Insects . The article - eButterfly: Leveraging Massive Online Citizen Science for Butterfly Conservation - highlights our accomplishments and outlines the bright future of eButterfly. The power of eButterfly and other massive online citizen science programs lies in the strength and diversity of its participants. Anyone with an interest in butterflies can participate - from the new enthusiast, to the backyard gardener, to the seasoned expert. Since 2012, over 39,000 checklists, representing 230,000 observations and comprising 682 butterfly species, have been submitted to eButterfly by over 5,500 participants. As more participants submit data, an environment of sharing and free data exchange will become the norm between butterfly enthusiasts, scientists, and conservationists. Read more about this publication on the eButterfly Blog. Read more at eButterfly »

May iNaturalist Vermont Photo-observation of the Month

June 01, 2017

Congratulations to Charlotte Bill for winning the May 2017 iNaturalist Vermont photo-observation of the month contest. Her images of a Moose were the most popular photo-observation as measured by clicked ‘favs’. Learn more on the VCE Blog »

VCE Launches Damselfly and Dragonfly Atlas

April 21, 2017

The Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) today launched an online atlas of damselflies and dragonflies, allowing anyone to report, track, study, discover or simply enjoy the charismatic insects. Learn more on the VCE blog. »

The 2016 Vermont eBird County Quest Awards

January 12, 2017

From a Great Horned Owl on Snake Mountain on January 1st, to Long-tailed Ducks at the South Hero Causeway on December 31st, Vermont birders scoured fields and fens, mountains and meadows, lakes and lawns to discover as many species as possible during the 6th annual Vermont eBird County Quest. The year-long contest pits county versus county, birder against birder — all engaged in a friendly rivalry for top birding honors. The main idea behind the year-long Quest is simply to get people out birding, promote camaraderie, and better document bird life across the state, using Vermont eBird. Visit our blog and learn who were the winners! Learn more on the VCE Blog »