We will gladly accept Lady Beetle records from anywhere in Vermont—your front yard, your workplace, a nearby field, or a remote bog. But to make sure we survey Lady Beetles evenly and systematically across the state over the next few years, the project has adopted a grid mapping system that has been used with previous wildlife atlasing projects.
The system relies on the 184 U.S. Geological Survey 1:24,000 topographic maps (“7½-minute maps”) that cover Vermont. We’ve divided each of these maps into six blocks of equal size (roughly 3 miles x 3 miles) and numbered them according to the example diagram. That’s a total of 1,104 survey blocks (184 maps x 6 blocks per map = 1,104 blocks).
Since we don’t have the person-power to sample for Lady Beetles in each and every block, we’ve randomly selected 184 of these blocks (one per USGS map) for the focus of this atlas. We call these blocks “priority blocks“. The 184 priority blocks make up a representative sample of the Vermont landscape; they’re the minimum number of blocks that must be surveyed in order to obtain a good sample of the Lady Beetle fauna for the entire state.
Although data on any Lady Beetles anywhere in the state are important, we prefer that you survey regularly in one of the 184 priority blocks if you can. No one in Vermont is far from a priority block. Of course, you may survey for Lady Beetles outside of a priority block. Perhaps your home or favorite place is not located in one of the priority blocks. That’s fine. Remember, the priority blocks are the minimum survey blocks we have to cover.
How to use the block map
- Click on any block to see the name. Priority blocks are highlighted with yellow.
- Click on Priority block to see a PDF closeup of the block suitable for download and printing.
- Click on Priority block to adopt the block for surveys. This will take you to a short form to fill out to adopt the block for the year.
- On the bottom right of the map, use the zoom functions or change how the map is displayed. The list menu allows you to select town and county borders, or biophysical regions to display. The second menu allow you to change the base map to streets, aerial view and more.
Use the map below (iframe) or visit the map web page.