Journal archives for May 2016

02 May, 2016

April 2016 iNaturalist Vermont Photo-observation of the Month

Congratulations to Erika Mitchell for winning the April 2016 iNaturalist Vermont photo-observation of the month contest. The image of a Bobcat was the most popular photo-observation as measured by clicked ‘favs’. Visit iNaturalist Vermont, a project of the Vermont Atlas of Life, 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 and submit your discoveries and you could be a winner this month!
Bobcat / © Erika Mitchell

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08 May, 2016

Join the Vermont Butterfly Big Year!

With the help of an army of citizen scientists, the Vermont Butterfly Big Year aims to record every species of butterfly in Vermont this year. It’s a blend of science, education, competition, enjoyment, and a quest to monitor the changing nature of the state. Learn more and join us in the quest! We've already found 14 species this spring, but there are over 100 species to find across the state this summer.

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24 May, 2016

Help a Middle School Class BioBlitz in Bristol!

My 8th grade team, Team Apex, is doing a Wildlife Unit. As an end project for this unit we plan on hosting a bioblitz at The Watershed Center in Bristol. Now what’s a bioblitz, you ask? Well, a bioblitz is when a group of people get together to gather data about all the living species they can within a certain area or ecosystem. We have been learning about biodiversity, and how important biodiversity is for an ecosystem. Biodiversity is the variety of different species within an ecosystem. It is so important in an ecosystem because the more species you have, the more complex the ecosystem is. So if an area is biodiverse, and one species’ population decreases, the rest of the ecosystem will not be at risk because they will have other species they can rely on. We have been studying certain ecosystems that are at The Watershed and their biodiversity. In order for us to fully understand our ecosystems’ biodiversity, we are going to need to go and collect data at that ecosystem. That is where you come in!

We need your help to gather data about Vernal Pools, Northern Hardwood Forests, Calcareous Red Maple-Tamarack Swamps, Mesic Maple-ash-hickory-oak Forests, Hemlock-northern Hardwood Forest, Ponds, and last but not least a Marsh. On June 3rd from 10 to 12:30 you can come to The Watershed Center on Plank Road in Bristol and participate in many activities. Not only will we be gathering data on the species in each ecosystem, but we will also be teaching you more about those ecosystems. Each ecosystem will have activities that will educate you on the living and nonliving components of that ecosystem. These activities may include scavenger hunts, workshops on plants and animals, workshops on tracking, fun games, and crafts. You may choose to come to one ecosystem or as many as you like, and you can come for the whole time or just a part of it. If you want a guided tour of a specific ecosystem, you should arrive by 10:00. Your help gathering data will be greatly appreciated, and I’m sure you will come away having learned something new. We would love to see you there!

If you can come, please RSVP to Nan Guilmette at by May 27th.

Thanks so much,
Mae Peterson
Team Apex
Mt. Abraham Middle School

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