A slow start for snapping turtles

By Brett Amy Thelan One moonless May evening, my husband and I walked down to our local pond, flashlights in hand, to look for toads. We were delighted to discover hundreds of them, floating, darting and jockeying for position in an explosion of courtship. Their surround-sound trills left our ears ringing. The toads were frenzied,… Read More »

June 9 is Free Fishing Day

Vermont’s annual, statewide Summer Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 9, and it will be highlighted by a free family fishing festival in Grand Isle as well as opening day of the state’s regular bass fishing season. “Vermont’s Free Fishing Day gives resident and nonresident anglers the opportunity to go fishing without a license for the… Read More »

Bobcat caught on trail camera in Brandon

Bobcat caught on trail camera in Brandon

This bobcat was caught in a series of photos on a game camera set up under a bridge in Brandon, Vt. recently. The cameras are part of a partnership among Vermont Fish & Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, and VTrans to better understand wildlife movement around road crossing structures. “This bobcat passing under the road highlights the… Read More »

Clifftops closed to protect nesting falcons

Clifftops closed to protect nesting falcons

Hikers seeking higher ground should be aware that some clifftops and overlooks have been closed to human visitors temporarily to protect spots where peregrine falcons are nesting. State wildlife officials have posted a dozen locations from Bolton to Fairlee where the majestic birds are raising their young. “Peregrine nesting is well underway this spring,” said… Read More »

Prevent ash borer infestation: Don’t move firewood for campsites

Motorists in the areas of Plainfield, Groton, Calais, Williamstown, Washington, and Barre may notice new flashing road signs reading “Don’t move ash firewood beyond this point.” The signs are part of an inter-agency partnership between the Agency of Transportation, the Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation and the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets to… Read More »

Still time to sign up tweens and teens for outdoor summer opportunities

Two programs, sponsored by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and University of Vermont Extension 4-H, offer opportunities for young people to make friends, learn outdoor skills and have fun. Green Mountain Conservation Camps and Natural Resources Management Academy have a few openings remaining for youth interested in conservation, outdoor recreation, wildlife and orienteering. Green… Read More »