Vermont Wildlife Coalition report reviews new laws

The Vermont Wildlife Coalition published its first Review of Legislative Action on Wildlife, which reports on wildlife-related bills that appeared before the Vermont legislature this year. In addition to summarizing the bills, the report describes committee and legislative actions on them and provides status updates and legislator voting records. The review also includes summaries of… Read More »

Keep deer healthy: use only synthetic deer lure

Hunters, take note: deer lure containing deer urine or other deer bodily fluids is banned by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. This type of lure could contain a mutant protein that can be passed through urine, which is the infectious agent of chronic wasting disease. The disease is 100 percent fatal for infected animals… Read More »

Beware of blue-green algae; poses threat to dogs

Waterfowl hunters with retrieving dogs during Vermont’s waterfowl hunting seasons should check for cyanobacteria (also known as blue-green algae) blooms before allowing their dogs in the water, according to the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. Cyanobacteria can produce toxins that can be fatal to dogs. Hunters heading out early in the morning are advised to… Read More »

Hunters head to the fields and forests for fall turkeys

With its mix of fields, farms and forests, Vermont is home to some of the best turkey hunting opportunities in New England and state wildlife officials say the forecast for fall hunters is good. Chris Bernier, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s wild turkey project leader, said a recent survey of the turkey population informed… Read More »

LaPlatte area hours changed for hunters

Sections of the LaPlatte River Marsh Natural Area in Shelburne will be closed to the general public and open only to hunters during hunting season this year. The property is overpopulated with deer, and The Nature Conservancy, which owns the land, is hoping that allowing hunters into area will help manage the deer population. The… Read More »

Fish & Wildlife hosts Bird Banding at Dead Creek

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Otter Creek Audubon host Bird Banding Week with hands-on bird banding demonstrations at Dead Creek Visitor Center in Addison. The public is invited to help identify the birds, observe the banding process, and help release birds. Licensed bird bander Rodney Olsen of Vergennes will lead the sessions. Songbird banding… Read More »

Where are the turkeys?

State Fish & Wildlife officials are looking to Vermonters to help them gauge how the wild turkey population is faring. Wild turkeys are found throughout most of Vermont and officials would appreciate “citizen scientists” reporting the location, number and size of turkey families they see in August. The turkey brood survey is on online at… Read More »

Learn composting basics with UVM master gardeners

Registration is open for a Vermont master composter course offered this fall by the University of Vermont Extension Master Gardener office. Register by Sept. 12 for this course which runs Sept. 13 to Nov. 9. The course will cover composting basics including site and container selection, the biology of composting, recipes for making compost and… Read More »

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