Vermont Birders Rally During 11th Annual eBird County QuestJanuary 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 SuccessJanuary 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 HeightsNovember 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 ReportNovember 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 StatusNovember 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.
A Tiny, Displaced Vireo Makes a First-ever Vermont AppearanceNovember 3, 2021
A small, yellowish vireo spotted by Kyle Jones in Woodstock, VT, had veteran birders temporarily stumped until VCE’s Nathaniel Sharp was able to confirm its identification. Soon, birders from across the state were flocking to the site, hoping for a glimpse of Vermont’s first-ever Bell’s Vireo. Read the details of this exhilarating find on the VCE blog.
A Poorly Known Bee Hiding in Plain SightOctober 22, 2021
Through a combination of specimens and iNaturalist observations, the Vermont Wild Bee Survey is illuminating a rare bee, even if the exact identity isn’t yet known.
Vermont Monarch Monitoring Blitz Volunteers Report Robust PopulationsSeptember 1, 2021
This year, during the Vermont Monarch Monitoring Blitz from July 28 to August 8, over 25 people helped the Vermont Atlas of Life capture a snapshot of late summer Monarch populations and productivity across the state as part of the international effort.
Mast and MammalsSeptember 1, 2021
Finding acorns, beech nuts and cones in the forest is easier in some years than others. Tree masting events or the synchronous fruit production across large areas, is a phenomenon caused at least in part by summer temperatures. When nuts and cones are plentiful, many small mammals take full advantage of the bounty. iNaturalist reports are starting to yield insights into these important cycles.
Light from Darkness: Lessons from National Moth WeekAugust 2, 2021
By the time National Moth Week ended at midnight Sunday, we Vermonters had photographed more than 3,800 moths representing nearly 603 species. And for many of the 261 “moth-ers” contributing to the project in our brave little state, the moths put on a show in our own backyards.
New Lady Beetle Discovered in VermontJuly 29, 2021
When he looked inside, he saw a small, black beetle with elongated spots. “I walked over to Kent and asked if he knew what species this was,” said Nathaniel. “Kent responded that he was not sure, so he took the beetle home to identify it.” “Yeah as soon as I saw the thing I just had this feeling that this lady beetle was something special and knew that I had to take it back with me,” said Kent.