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 atlas projects.

USGS map split into 6 blocks. In this one, Block 3 is the priority block.

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 from each map). We call these blocks “priority blocks“. However, since we are not sure that we will be able to get 184 priority blocks adopted and completely surveyed, we selected half of these priority blocks for the focus of this atlas (highlighted in red, named “Lady Beetle Survey Block” when you hover your mouse over the block). The 92 Lady Beetle survey 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. We hope to expand surveys into more of the priority blocks after the first 92 are complete. 

Although data on any Lady Beetles anywhere in the state are important, we prefer that you survey regularly in one of the 92 Lady Beetle 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

  1. Mouse over any block to see the name. The priority blocks we need surveyed to start are highlighted with red, and are called “Lady Beetle Priority Block”.
  2. Click on Priority block to see a PDF closeup of the block suitable for download and printing.
  3. Click on Priority block to select a link to adopt the block for surveys. This will take you to a short form to fill out to adopt the block for the year. If you are unable to click on a survey block to get an informational popup box with links, try turning off all the visible layers on the right side button (towns, counties, blocks, etc.), turn on any layers you want to see (like towns) and then the last layer you turn on is the survey blocks. The last layer turned on is the “live” layer for clicking.
  4. 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.

Note: We have been experiencing issues loading the updated map in Google Chrome. If you are using Chrome and are not seeing red-highlighted blocks on your map, either use the following key stroke: “Ctrl shift R” or use another browser.

Use the map below (iframe) or visit the map web page.