Recent News

Thirty-seventh Annual Report of the Vermont Bird Records Committee

December 08, 2017

held its annual meeting on 11 November 2017 at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. The 37th annual report of the VBRC covers the evaluation of 46 records involving 28 species and 3 subspecies or ‘identifiable subspecific forms’. Forty records were accepted (87%) with the majority decided unanimously. There were no first state records for any species during this period. The first fully documented subspecies record for Northern Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis abieticola) observed in Springfield, Vermont and two Eastern Willet (Catoptrophorus semipalmatus semipalmatus) at the mouth of Charcoal Creek in Swanton, Vermont were accepted. The first breeding record of Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina) was accepted with a male well documented carrying food and then feeding a fledgling in Hinesburg, Vermont by several observers. Read more and download the report. »

An Emerald Found in Victory

September 20, 2017

Mike Blust and Josh LIncoln had a plan hatched by a fellow naturalist. Hike deep into the forest to a bog in northeast Vermont and find a rare emerald dragonfly that had never been seen in Vermont. Read about their trials and tribulations that led to elation at discovering this beautiful insect for the Vermont Damselfly and Dragonfly Atlas. Read the story on the VCE Blog »

Tiger Found in Vermont

August 02, 2017

Congratulations, Vermont. You’ve got a new dragonfly — Tiger Spiketail (Cordulegaster erronea). Dale Ferland, an angler who likes to poke around rivers, snapped that photo above on Monday from the Black River in Springfield. Read more on the VCE Blog »

SOS! Survey Our Shorelines for Shells!

July 28, 2017

Do you like to wander the shorelines of rivers, streams and lakes? Maybe you are a beachcomber and enjoy collecting shells. We need your help with the Vermont Freshwater Mussel Survey. It is easy and fun. Anyone can help! Visit the basics of freshwater mussel biology, identification, how to conduct shoreline surveys and how to submit your data to our Vermont Freshwater Mussel Survey project on iNaturalist. Learn more »

iNaturalist Vermont Countdown to 150,000 Observations

June 14, 2017

With less than 700 observations to go, which iNaturalist Vermont user will be the lucky one to add the 150,000th observation to the popular site? iNaturalist Vermont has grown leaps and bounds. With over 1,600 people contributing observations and over 3,700 species of plants and animals reported and confirmed, iNaturalist Vermont is quickly becoming the largest biodiversity database ever assembled for Vermont. Read more on the VCE Blog »

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 »