Naturalists from the Vermont Center for Ecostudies reflect on the significance of a recent report that shows a precipitous decline in bird populations.
The Vermont Center for Ecostudies and the University of Vermont’s Gund Institute along with the help of more than 50 citizen scientists are documenting changes in the state’s bumble bee population.
News Release — Johnson State College Nov. 21, 2017 Contact: Les Kanat 635-1327, [email protected] JOHNSON, VERMONT — Kent McFarland with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies will discuss the natural history and conservation of Vermont butterflies Dec. 6, in the Current Topics in Science Speaker Series at Johnson State College. The talk is one of two […]
In its first 10 years, Vermont eBird has documented more than 380 bird species and tallied nearly 123,000 checklists of birds across Vermont. Thus, it has conducted probably the largest single measure of the state’s biodiversity.
The Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) today launched a new web site that features breaking news about birds, insects, amphibians and other wildlife here in Vermont and around the world.
“It’s one-stop shopping for both recreational butterfly watchers and scientists,” said Kent McFarland, a conservation biologist at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies.
Kent McFarland, sturdy and athletic, is spending the year searching for as many butterflies as he can find in Vermont. In a blend of competition and science, education and enjoyment, McFarland’s “Butterfly Big Year” is also a cautionary quest about the changing nature of the state.
Anyone, be they elementary school student, retiree or scientist, can add wildlife observations to the website, thereby contributing to science and conservation.
McFarland dreams of finding disease-resistant rusty-patched bumblebees here in Vermont that could help in the restoration of the species.