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Vermonters Invited to Help Search for Butterflies

March 27, 2023

Vermonters now have another excuse to get outside on sunny days: to join a statewide survey of the most angelic insects—butterflies. VAL is recruiting volunteers to help search fields and fens, mountains and meadows, and even their own backyards to help document the status of Vermont’s butterflies.

Vermont Birders Rally During 12th Annual eBird County Quest

February 22, 2023

With another banner birding year in the books, it’s time to look back on all that Vermont birders have accomplished in 2022. From the Northeast Kingdom to the Massachusetts border, from the Connecticut River valley to the Champlain valley, Vermont’s vast birding community once again took part in the Vermont eBird County Quest. In its 12th year, this event continued to bolster Vermont’s enormous database of bird sightings all in the spirit of friendly competition.

New Vermont ‘Bee Team’ to Tackle Pollinator Threats

February 6, 2023

A new Vermont Pollinator Working Group will protect bees and other pollinators by targeting harmful pesticide use, while helping Vermont farmers to get to know the pollinators buzzing around their crops. 

iNaturalists Helped the Vermont Atlas of Life Build Biodiversity Big Data in 2022

January 19, 2023

In 2022 thousands of iNaturalists added over 202,000 biodiversity records to the rapidly growing database of life in Vermont. Read about all the discoveries and more.

New Butterfly Species Recorded for Vermont on iNaturalist

December 14, 2022

In October iNaturalist user James McNamara photographed a European Peacock Butterfly in a garden and reported it the Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist marking the first state record for this species.

VAL Awarded SciSTARTer Boost Prize

December 8, 2022

Last week, Kent McFarland, director of VAL, was recognized on behalf of the team’s work with a 2022 SciSTARter Boost Award. Ten individuals received this inaugural award for their outstanding work with community science.

Alpine Plant Believed Locally Extinct in Vermont Since 1908 Rediscovered

November 18, 2022

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department announced on Tuesday that the purple crowberry (Empetrum atropurpureum), a diminutive alpine shrub last documented in Vermont in 1908, has been rediscovered on Mt. Mansfield.

State of Vermont’s Wild Bees Report Assesses Conservation Status for First Time

November 14, 2022

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.

Community Scientist Discovers New Butterfly Species for Vermont

September 21, 2022

Terri Armata, one of Vermont’s most ardent butterfly watchers, has done it again. For the second year in a row she has recorded a new butterfly species for Vermont. On June 30th in the far southwest corner of Vermont she photographed a Northern Oak Hairstreak (Satyrium favonius ontario).

Summer Bee Update: Four Years in, the Flood of New Species is Becoming a Trickle

September 6, 2022

Year four of the Vermont Wild Bee Survey is winding down, but not before adding at least three new species to the state checklist. Additional species certainly await discovery, but the number of new ones found each is steadily declining, suggesting we’ve located the vast majority of the species present.

After 25 years, Two-spotted Lady Beetle is Rediscovered in Vermont

June 28, 2022

The Two-spotted lady Beetle was feared to be extinct in Vermont, until the Vermont Atlas of Life rallied biologists and community scientists to help find them. Against all odds, several Two-spotted Lady Beetles were found and photographed after a 25 year hiatus.

Federally Threatened Orchid Discovered in Vermont

June 8, 2022

Botanists with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department confirmed that a population of Small Whorled Pogonia—believed to be extinct in Vermont since 1902 and listed as Threatened under the Federal Endangered Species Act—has been documented on Winooski Valley Park District conservation land in Chittenden County. The observation was first reported to iNaturalist last fall.