Lady Beetles in Vermont: Invasions, Extirpations, and Discoveries [webinar]

Red and black-spotted beetle on spire of small yellow flowers.

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A presentation with Vermont Center for Ecostudies for Birds of Vermont and Audubon Vermont

In Vermont, there are 42 species of Lady Beetle – 35 native species and 7 introduced species. But there are few data. Following a survey completed in 1976, and before the creation of the Vermont Atlas of Life (VAL), there were very few Lady Beetles reported in Vermont. In fact, 12 native Lady Beetle species have not been recorded in Vermont in over 40 years.

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The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont

Guest post by Kir Talmage, Outreach and IT Coordinator for the Birds of Vermont Museum. This article also appeared in the Vermont Great Outdoor Magazine.

atlas-cover-1800The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont is out! As you likely know, an Atlas is

a : a bound collection of maps often including 
illustrations, informative tables, or textual 
b : a bound collection of tables, charts, or plates

This meager definition masks the huge intention and effort that goes into the creation and revision of an Atlas. This particular Atlas is the product of a state-wide breeding birds research project that has spanned ten years, brought together some 57,000 observations, and drew on 350 volunteers. It epitomizes a successful citizen science project. The data (observations) were pulled together by Vermont Center for Ecostudies into one beautiful reference book, which was published in April of this year. The completed Atlas—with maps, individual species accounts, discussions of Vermont’s habitat and land use changes, and analyses of the data—has already helped scientists and policy makers decide how best to work and plan for avian conservation. Continue reading “The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont”