Imagine a database of photos and information of all the species that live in Vermont. Insects, mammals, lichen - compiling all of that information is a huge task. But that is exactly what scientists at the Vermont Center for Eco studies are attempting. The Atlas of Vermont Life hinges on the contributions of anyone who spends time outside -- from children to expert naturalists. We talk with VCE conservation biologist Kent McFarland about why that kind of data is valuable to biologists and conservationists. We also hear from Ken-ichi Ueda of iNaturalist, the web site where the Atlas will be based.
Also in the program, more perspectives on the Northern Pass, a electricity transmission project proposed for northern New Hampshire. Yesterday we heard from a conservation group that is trying to disrupt the project through land purchases. Today we talk with Mike Skelton, a spokesman for the project, about why he says the Northern Pass will bring clean electricity to the region.
And, how the Humane Society of the United States investigates animal cruelty and abuse. The national director of investigations, Marybeth Sweetland, talks to us from her home in West Rupert.