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Community science: discoveries from the world of birds, butterflies, and plant-pollinator interactions

The Green Mountain State is home to thousands of fascinating species, and Vermonters are helping scientists document and monitor them for conservation. From tiny bees to loons on lakes, community science has transformed our ability to observe nature at unprecedented scales. How does all that data inform conservation action?


Hear from three Conservation Scientists from the Vermont Center for Ecostudies about how they use community science data in their research. 


  • Jason Hill will talk about what >20 years of Mountain Birdwatch data have taught us about high-elevation bird populations. 


  • Desiree Narango will share her work on crowd-sourcing plant-animal interaction data to identify important plants for ecological landscaping. 


  • Michael Hallworth will discuss the Vermont Atlas of Life and the importance of community science observations for informing conservation. 


Get involved in New England-based community science projects where you live, work, and play. 

Slimy, scaled, and spectacular: a peek into herpetology in Vermont

Dive into the fascinating world of herpetology and learn more about the diverse species of amphibians and reptiles (herps) that call Vermont home. From the largest to the smallest, the most colorful to the “coolest” species, this 45-minute presentation will cover it all.


We’ll also share insights and tales from the field from the latest research from our team. Whether you’re a seasoned herpetologist, a frog fanatic, or just curious about Vermont’s cold-blooded residents, this talk will have something for everyone.


Join us for an unforgettable journey into the world of Vermont’s herps with Brittany Mosher, Reed Scott, and Matt Gorton from the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. 🦎🐢

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The Bees of Burlington

While honeybees seem to get all the attention, there are over 300 species of bees native to the Green Mountain State. From a backyard garden in the Old North End, to the Urban Wilds of the Lower Winooski, we'll explore the surprising diversity of native pollinators found within Vermont's largest city.

Speaker: Jason Mazurowski


City Nature Celebration & Tracking the Seasons

An Earth Day celebration that begins with an overview of the wild places of Burlington and Winooski,  followed by a second presentation: Seasons, Phenology, and A Mysterious Clock.

Speakers: Alicia Daniel, Zoe Richards, and Gustave Sexauer


Spiny Softshell Turtles of Lake Champlain

With nearly 61% of turtles listed as threatened or extinct in the US, the spiny softshell may face similar outcomes.


We will discuss how this endangered species may have earned its title and possible solutions to this growing issue.

Speaker: Destini Acosta

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Insects and Pollinators

This presentation will feature insects that emerge in Spring and play a key role in pollinating native and agricultural plants.

Speakers: Amy Seidl and Bryan Pfeiffer


Mammals in the Queen city: The top of Burlington's Food Chain?

Diverse mammal communities in Burlington suggest that we still have the biologically diverse food chain to support them. For many years, Burlington's community of naturalists has used trail cameras to document the four legged friends that share our city. Getting past the urban stereotype of trash pandas and skunks raiding our garbage, come learn about the fascinating cast of characters in Burlington VT that ranges from bobcats to coyotes to fisher.

Speaker: Declan McCabe


Birds of Winooski and Burlington

In anticipation of World Migratory Bird Day (May 8), a local ornithologist will feature the natural history of bird species returning to Burlington and Winooski this spring.

Speaker: Allan Strong

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