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No Mow May

May 4, 2022

Are you dreading the lawn mowing that’s sure to follow the upcoming warm spell? Well leaving the lawnmower in storage is all the range right now! Call the “weeds” flowers, and embrace the insects and other wildlife that will show up to enjoy the buffet.

The Search for Missing Lady Beetles

May 4, 2022

Most lady beetles, also called ladybugs, feed on small, soft-bodied insects, including aphids, mealybugs, and scale insects, many of which can cause a lot of damage to garden plants and native flora if their populations grow too large. Lady beetles can smell compounds released by stressed plants and aphids, allowing them to locate their prey in the landscape. Learn more about these important species and how you can participate in the Vermont Lady Beetle Atlas here.

VAL Recognizes the Crucial Support of Community Scientists during National Volunteer Week

April 20, 2022

National Volunteer Week is April 17-23 and the Vermont Atlas of Life honors the work of all the volunteers that have helped us monitor biodiversity. Thank you so much for joining our efforts and celebrating biodiversity!

Darner Flight Watch

March 3, 2022

The Common Green Darner (Anax junius) is a charismatic, migratory dragonfly species that is known for traveling long distances (over 650 km) during its short time as an adult (approximately 7 weeks). Read more about this dazzling dragonfly and our upcoming Darner Flight Watch project, with the goal of better understanding how climate change may influence Common Green Darner phenology and migration patterns.

Long Distance Collaboration Documents An Overlooked, Hyper-Diverse Taxon

February 3, 2022

Two dedicated volunteers and a graduate student in Utah come together to document one of Vermont’s least studied and most diverse insect families!

iNaturalists Helped the Vermont Atlas of Life Build Biodiversity Big Data in 2021

January 13, 2022

In 2021 iNaturalists added over 201,000 biodiversity records to our rapidly growing database of life in Vermont. We had 7,759 observers contribute more than 200,000 observations representing more than 4,500 species verified. Read about all the discoveries and more!

Vermont Birders Rally During 11th Annual eBird County Quest

January 10, 2022

From the frigid mornings of the final Christmas Bird Counts of the 2020-2021 season to the discovery of Razorbills and Northern Gannets which briefly turned Lake Champlain into an Atlantic Ocean look-alike this past November, 2021 was a year full of birding surprises and, unsurprisingly, full of friendly competition during the 11th annual Vermont eBird County Quest.

First Giant Silk Moth Cocoon Watch a Success

January 10, 2022

Finding a well hidden and camouflage cocoon after searching high and low is thrilling! Our first, annual Giant Silkmoth Cocoon Watch was a huge success with over 100 observations submitted by observant community scientists.

Still Time to Contribute to the Vermont Giant Silk Moth Cocoon Watch!

December 14, 2021

It has already been a great success. And there’s still more than two weeks left for you to contribute! Since the beginning of November, observers like you have been searching for these large cocoons and sharing with our project on iNaturalist. We’ve now tallied over 60 observations of four out of five Vermont species!

Soaring to New Heights

November 30, 2021

eButterfly was recently named as a finalist in the Nature Inspiration Awards 2021. Each year, the awards recognize the achievements of organizations and individuals whose work inspires Canadians to get more involved in understanding and protecting nature.

Highlights from the 40th Vermont Bird Records Committee Report

November 18, 2021

The Vermont Bird Records Committee (VBRC) held its 40th annual meeting in November 2020. Each year, this panel of experienced birders meets to discuss rare bird reports, out-of-season reports, and rare nesting reports submitted by birders from across the state.

Vermont eBird Helps Inform Meadowlark Conservation Status

November 3, 2021

Using new field data collected by a host of Vermont birders who participated in VCE’s 2021 Eastern Meadowlark Blitz, the Endangered Species Committee is considering listing this declining species as state-Threatened. This past spring and summer, more than 800 meadowlark records were amassed from almost 40,000 eBird checklists.