ecoNEWS VT March 2020 Newsletter

ecoNEWS VT – March 2020

Highlighting the latest findings in ecological research and monitoring from across Vermont

Our March newsletter has arrived! Just in time for the beginning of spring. This edition features research on mountain thrushes and northeastern streams, a recently-released mapping interface displaying Vermont’s ecologically important areas, and a follow-up on a research project about American marten that we shared last year.

Blood Mercury Levels Unchanged Over 18 Years in Mt. Mansfield Thrushes

Blood mercury levels in Mount Mansfield thrushes remained consistent for 18 years, despite changes in mercury emissions and deposition rates.

Changes in Land Use and Water Cycle Influence Nutrient Export in Northeastern Streams

Export of nutrients in streams and across watersheds depends on land use and hydrologic drivers (e.g. rainfall), likely influenced by climate change.

Conserving Connected Forest Habitat Key to Recovering American Marten in the Northeastern U.S.

Restoring American marten populations in Vermont and the northeastern U.S. will require high quality, intact, and connected forested habitat. 

Featured Online Tools, Maps, and Mobile Apps

BioFinder: An Interactive Mapping Tool for Conservation Planning in Vermont

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department recently released BioFinder 3.0, the newest version of a mapping interface which identifies biodiversity and high priority ecological areas used to target conservation efforts in Vermont.

Fellowship Opportunity

James W. Marvin Award in Science and Conservation

The deadline for receipt of proposals is noon on April 10th, 2020.

The James W. Marvin Award in Science and Conservation was established to recognize and honor the interests and leadership of Dr. Marvin in the areas of botany, maple science, and conservation. The award is offered annually to a Vermont-based young professional in the early stages of his or her career (no more than five years after receipt of an advanced degree or beginning of career position) or a post-secondary or high-school student.
 Awards will be made as the result of a competitive proposal process, in which applicants propose a project or activity in Vermont. More information is available at:

Research Webinar – March 25, 2020

Visualization Tools to Communicate River Erosion Hazards and Improve Flood Resiliency in Headwater Communities of the Lake Champlain Basin
By Kristen Underwood, Mike Kline, and Beverley Wemple
University of Vermont

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Time: Noon – 1 PM
Webinar via Zoom only
For more information and how to join the webinar:

Research Webinar – April 29, 2020

Pharmaceuticals and Lake Champlain
By Christine Vatovec
University of Vermont

Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Time: Noon – 1 PM
Webinar via Zoom only
For more information and how to join the webinar:

These seminars/webinars are part of a series, sponsored by Lake Champlain Sea Grant, that occurs monthly. Please see the Lake Champlain Sea Grant website for more information.

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