Archivos de diario de noviembre 2018

02 de noviembre de 2018

Field Guide to November

As the last leaves float down and the first snow flakes fly, the oncoming cold weather seems to bring nature to a standstill. On the contrary, there remains a lot to be discovered in Vermont during stick season. Careful observers can witness the tail end of bird migration, a few hardy species of butterflies and moths remain to further brighten sunny days, and avian visitors from even further north will begin to raid feeders across New England. Read our Field Guide to November on the VCE Blog.

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October 2018 Photo-observation of the Month

It was a hotly contested race this month, with the winner squeaking by the other amazing photo-observations. Congratulations to Joanne Russo for winning the October 2018 Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. The image of a beautiful Eastern Milksnake was the most popular photo-observation.

Eastern Milksnakes (Lampropeltis triangulum) can grow to 2 to 3 feet long (the longest documented in Vermont is 43.5 inches). It is also known colloquially as the "Spotted" or "Checkered Adder", but it isn't really an adder. Adults feed mainly on rodents such as voles, mice, and rats, but will also eat birds, bird eggs, snake eggs, and even other snakes. Hatchlings seem to feed mainly on other young snakes. When prey is captured, it is constricted until it suffocates, and then swallowed whole.

Milksnakes have a wider geographical range than most other species of snake. They can be found in the United States almost anywhere east of the Rocky Mountains. They're widespread in lower elevations in most of Vermont where they most often inhabit old fields and buildings, stone walls, and rocky ledges. All of the observations in the Vermont Atlas of Life are shared with the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas. Help us fill in the missing towns on their map!

Visit the Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist and you can vote 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!

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15 de noviembre de 2018

The 119th Annual Christmas Bird Count in Vermont

The 119th Christmas Bird Count will take place from December 14 through January 5. This is perhaps the longest running citizen science project in Vermont. Each count occurs in a designated circle, 15 miles in diameter, and is led by an experienced birder, or designated “compiler”. Read more on Vermont eBird to learn where Vermont CBCs are located, date of counts and compiler contact information.

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