Archivos de Diario para mayo 2013

02 de mayo de 2013

Vote for the Best April Photo-observation!

The April candidates for Photo-observation of the Month have been selected by JoAnne Russo. Like previous monthly editors, JoAnne found it hard to choose just four and told us that she went more towards the "artsy" shots this month. Just like last month, if you are reading this, you are one of the judges. Look at the observations listed below and vote by adding a comment to this message with your selection. The observation with the most votes wins.

Vote for April! Voting closes in one week.

Publicado el 02 de mayo de 2013 a las 01:25 PM por kpmcfarland kpmcfarland | 17 comentarios | Deja un comentario

09 de mayo de 2013

April VAOL Photo-observation Winner!

April is the start of spring migration for many species and our monthly photo-observation winner was an exciting highlight. Fishnek (aka Tom) presented an action photo of a Rainbow Trout that immediately grabbed the attention of many voters. See his photo at

Congratulations to Tom. There are still thousands of undocumented Vermont species and locations to be reported. Maybe May is your month to win!

A big thanks to JoAnne Russo, our March winner, for serving as the contest judge for April. Who wants to be our honorable volunteer judge to select four fantastic photo-observations for the May contest?

Publicado el 09 de mayo de 2013 a las 02:58 PM por kpmcfarland kpmcfarland | 1 comentario | Deja un comentario

12 de mayo de 2013

Invasive Species Early Detection

Interest in the Vermont Atlas of Life has been phenomenal. With all of your enthusiastic eyes and lenses out in the field recording plants, animals, fungi, and more, this is also a great opportunity to report observations of plants or animals that pose risks to Vermont’s natural communities. Early detection means finding, identifying, and reporting population of invasive plants or animals while they are still manageable.

To participate, visit the list of early detection species at For help in identification, visit the Gallery of Invaders at Vermont Invasives. Some of these species are already in Vermont, some are knocking at the door, and others may show up unexpectedly. Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom has far fewer invasive plants than the rest of the state, so special attention there is very important. If you find early detection species outside of a cultivated area, try and get good, identifiable photographs, double-check the location data, and make some comments about the population size when you post it to the Vermont Atlas of Life. It helps to have some numeric indication of what you found, like “hundreds of beetles seen”, or “about 10 square feet covered in seedlings”. In the box next to "Add a field" type in Invasive (select yes, no, or maybe if you are unsure about the status).

You probably already know that there are many more invasive species in Vermont that those listed. This list is just an early detection list. Please enter any invasive species you find and check off the invasive field.

To spice this up, let’s have another contest. For the best photograph of an invasive species submitted to the Vermont Atlas of Life in 2013, correctly tagged using “Add a field”, we’ll have another crowd-sourced vote. The winner will get a sweet prize.

For more information about Vermont invasive plants and animals, or to learn more about how you can help control invasives, visit You can see all of the Vermont Atlas of Life Missions at

Publicado el 12 de mayo de 2013 a las 08:41 PM por kpmcfarland kpmcfarland | 6 comentarios | Deja un comentario