Winter Scene | Kent McFarland | VCE
Co-founder of the Vermont Center for EcoStudios, Kent McFarland shares his 13 favorite nature photos from 2013 in this month’s VCE newsletter and on his blog, One Square Meter.

I just received my January 2014 edition of the VCE newsletter and wanted to share some highlights with you.  VCE is one of my favorite non-profits.  It’s a group of dedicated researchers and scientists working to promote conservation and biodiversity in the Green Mountains and beyond.

The hardworking naturalists at VCE have an amazing array of research and citizen science projects going on throughout Vermont.  I first learned about them when Kendall and Riley were little and we got involved with vernal pool mapping and spotted salamander crossing projects.  Over the years we’ve also participated in the development of a Vermont breeding bird atlas and surveys of Vermont’s butterflies and bumble bees.

Another project I follow is VCE’s Caribbean bird conservation which seeks to protect migratory birds that spend their summers in Vermont and winters in Central America and the Caribbean.  This project ties in to our mission of rainforest conservation at Vermont Woods Studios.

If you’re in Vermont or the Caribbean and looking to do some fun and interesting work in conservation, have a look at VCE’s website.  It includes a wealth of information and dozens of opportunities to volunteer with like-minded people who love nature and wildlife.  As noted on their website, VCE’s success is highly dependent on your help.  Their work “gathers strength from volunteers who monitor wildlife in the Northeast and from a network of professional partners that extends from Canada to South America. This approach is successful because conservation is as much about people as it is about science.  With a reach extending from northeastern Canada through the Caribbean to South America, our work in wildlife research and monitoring unites people and science for conservation.”

You can meet fascinating people, have some fun and make the world a better place by volunteering as a citizen scientist for VCE.  Why not give them a call today?

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Ken-volunteering Do you volunteer?  Are there any causes you feel passionate enough about to throw yourself into and try to make a difference.  If so, bravo for making the world a better place.  If not, maybe give volunteering a thought.  Yes, it takes time away from the urgencies of everyday life, but maybe a little breather away from all that work would do you good.

 

 

 

   

 

 

 
Here we are with Jenny, the school principal
Our family recently volunteered for a cause that's most near and dear to my heart:  rainforest conservation.  We partnered with the Eco Preservation Society of Costa Rica, a non profit that's actively engaged in wildlife conservation and reforestation in Central America. 

Our volunteer project gave us a chance to get to know the people who live in the rainforest and gain a better understanding of their priorities and how we can support them in their environmental mission (I'll expand on that later as we're currently exploring possible ways to help through projects at  Vermont Woods Studios Furniture). 

 


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I don't want to be overly dramatic, but I think most people who have volunteered in projects like this, especially in third world countries, would agree that it's a life-changing experience.  You have a chance to give a little bit of yourself to others and to the cause, but actually it's you who receives the greatest benefit.

So, on this 40th anniversary of Earth Day, maybe give volunteering a thought. What's your passion?  What's your cause?  

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.