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06 de noviembre de 2017

New Vermont Vernal Pool Monitor Project Seeks Input

Are you interested in vernal pools? Maybe you're a volunteer citizen scientist looking for the next project? We'd love to have your help! VCE will pilot a vernal pool monitoring project with the help of citizen scientists in Vermont next spring, and we need feedback from you.

Having mapped the location of nearly 5,000 vernal pools across Vermont in partnership with Arrowwood Environmental and the help of many enthusiastic volunteers, we're taking the next step -- monitoring the health of these unique wetlands. While volunteers will still work to verify potential vernal pools as part of the mapping project, repeated monitoring of known pools is essential to establish a baseline of data with which to compare future changes, and to increase our understanding about these ephemeral wetlands.

Vernal pools provide critical habitat for a diverse assemblage of wildlife, from breeding Wood Frogs and Spotted Salamanders, to Fingernail Clams and Fairy Shrimp. Despite their crucial role, vernal pools face an uncertain future due to effects of climate change, airborne pollutants, and threats from development. Read more about our new monitoring project and take our short survey.

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02 de noviembre de 2017

October 2017 Photo-observation of the Month

Congratulations to Charlotte Bill for winning the October 2017 iNaturalist Vermont photo-observation of the month contest. The images of Ruby-crowned Kinglet with its crest partly raised were the most popular photo-observation as measured by clicked ‘favs’.

The Ruby-crowned Kinglet is a short distance migrant. Most eastern Ruby-crowns winter from the Carolinas through the Gulf Coast states. They return to Vermont in early spring and most are on a nesting territory by mid May, mostly in the mountains or in the Northeast Kingdom. The nest is a pendant structure of moss and lichens placed in thick foliage on a side branch of a spruce or fir. One nest found by VCE researchers on Mt. Mansfield was lined with the soft hairs from Cinnamon Fern stems. Fall migration peaks in October.

Visit iNaturalist Vermont and you can vote for the winner this month by clicking ‘fav’ on your favorite photo-observation. Make sure you get outdoors and record the biodiversity around you, then submit your discoveries and you could be a winner!

Ingresado el 02 de noviembre de 2017 por kpmcfarland kpmcfarland | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario