iNaturalist Photo-observation of the Month

From hunting hawks to snoozing raccoons, there is no shortage of interesting biodiversity to photograph in Vermont. Thankfully, our Green Mountain State is overrun with fantastic naturalists who are tireless in their efforts to document the species who call this place home. To celebrate their hard work and exciting discoveries, each month we select the most "faved" observation to highlight on VCE's Facebook page. Check out the past winners below!

September 2020 Photo-observation of the Month

Congratulations to Tom Norton for winning the September 2020 Photo-observation of the Month for the Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist. His image of Shaggy Mane (Coprinus comatus) captured the most votes from other iNaturalists. Some of you may recognize Tom from his help in identifying your observations. Amazingly, he’s made 293,706 identifications in iNaturalist, helping observations reach “research grade.”

August 2020 Photo-observation of the Month

Congratulations to Joshua Lincoln for winning the August 2020 Photo-observation of the Month! His image of a perched Zebra Clubtail (Stylurus scudderi) garnered the most votes. A robust dragonfly up to two and a half inches long, it is named after the striped body and well-developed club at the end of its tail.

July 2020 Photo-observation of the Month

Congratulation to JoAnne Russo for winning the July 2020 Photo-observation of the Month. Perhaps the American Toad was looking for a moth meal, but instead it was a moth resting pad. The moth species is in the genus Halysidota and is either a Sycamore or Banded Tussock Moth, but one can’t be sure without examining it under a microscope.

June 2020 Photo-observation of the Month

Congratulation to Charlotte Bill for winning the June 2020 Photo-observation of the Month. Charlotte discovered the cocoon on April 28 and was fortunate enough to see the Cecropia Moth emerged on June 5th.

May 2020 Photo-observation of the Month

Congratulation to Kyle Tansley for winning the May 2020 Photo-observation of the Month. He captured this American Mink moving her kits from one den to another.

April 2020 Photo-observation of the Month

Congratulations to Roy Pilcher for winning the April 2020 Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. The arrival of the American Woodcock is one of the exciting signs of spring in Vermont. And Roy’s image celebrated this beautifully with one strutting their stuff.

March 2020 Photo-observation of the Month

Congratulations to coleen61 for winning the March 2020 Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. The image of the rare Crested Caracara that made an appearance this month in Woodstock, Vermont won the adoration of naturalists this month.

February 2020 Photo-observation of the Month

Congratulations to killamfarm for winning the February 2020 Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. The image of a Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor) sleeping soundly under a blue sky captured the most attention by voters.

January 2020 Photo-observation of the Month

Congratulations to Madison Alderman for winning the January 2020 Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. The image of a Short-tailed Weasel (Mustela erminea) cloaked in white and peering from a hole in a tree in Rutland, Vermont garnered the most votes.

December 2019 Photo-observation of the Month

Congratulations to Craig Hunt for winning the December 2019 Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. The image of a Sharp-shinned Hawk taking a Blue Jay in the snow in Townsend, Vermont garnered the most votes.

November 2019 Photo-observation of the Month

Congratulations to Joshua Lincoln for winning the November 2019 Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. The image of a 'eastern or red' Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca iliaca) in Waterbury, Vermont garnered the most votes.

October 2019 Photo-observation of the Month

Congratulations to Kyle Tansley for winning the October 2019 Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. The image of Barred Owl feeding on a snake along the Burlington bike path garnered the most votes.

September 2019 Photo-observation of the Month

Congratulations to Kyle Tansley for winning the September 2019 Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. The image of jousting Great Egrets in flight garnered the most votes.

August 2019 Photo-observation of the Month

Congratulations to JoAnne Russo for winning the August 2019 Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. JoAnne captured this Scudder's Bush Katydid (Genus Scudderia) in the act of molting under a milkweed leaf.

July 2019 Photo-Observation of the Month

Congratulations to Alex Wells and Nathaniel Sharp for winning the July 2019 Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. In this dead-heat between the ECO AmeriCorps members serving at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, Vermont Atlas of Life contributors 'faved' both the cute, and the...not so cute, with Alex's stunning photo of a Northern Saw-whet Owl and Nathaniel's photo of a prehistoric-looking Bowfin skull receiving an equal number of faves this month.

June 2019 Photo-observation of the Month

Congratulations to Ethan Borland for winning the June 2019 Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. Ethan's fantastic photo of a Big Brown Bat bearing down on a mayfly snack received the most 'faves' of any observation submitted to the Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist.

May 2019 Photo-observation of the Month

Congratulations to Charlotte Bill for winning the May 2019 Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. With over 11,500 photo-observations submitted by over 700 observers in May, it was competitive!

April 2019 Photo-observation of the Month

Congratulations to Ashley Bray for winning the April 2019 Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. The image of Wood Frog riding a Spotted Salamander during spring migration garnered the most votes.

March 2019 Photo-observation of the Month

Congratulations to Kyle Tansley for winning the March 2019 Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. The image of a male Northern Cardinal attacking his own reflection garnered the most votes.

February 2019 Photo-observation of the Month

Congratulations to Michael Blust for winning the February 2019 Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. The images of Sharp-shinned Hawk preening in a mulberry tree and then staring into the camera lens garnered the most accolades.

January 2019 Photo-observation of the Month

Congratulations to Cat Abbott for winning the January 2019 Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. The image of an Eastern Coyote staring at the camera in a marvelous winter scene was the most popular photo-observation.