2018 Vermont Fish & Wildlife Calendar packed with critter photos, information

2018 Vermont Fish & Wildlife Calendar packed with critter photos, information

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Vermont Life Magazine announce the release of the colorful 2018 Fish & Wildlife Calendar. Filled with photos of Vermont’s wildlife, including moose, the chestnut-sided warbler, Atlantic salmon, hooded merganser, and whitetail deer, the calendar includes photos by Vermont photographers including Roger Irwin, Jim Block, and Kurt Budliger. “This… Read More »

Succession: How a forest creates and re-creates itself

Succession: How a forest creates and re-creates itself

A few years ago, I started an observational experiment in forest succession on a couple of acres where we once pastured sheep and goats. Rocky and wet, without livestock it was hard to keep cleared. So, I let the forest recreate itself and just watched the process unfold. It’s a process that has taken place… Read More »

Goldenrod golf balls

Goldenrod golf balls

A few Thanksgivings ago, my then-10-year-old daughter and I went for an afternoon stroll through a power line right-of-way through steeply sloping woods to the Winooski River. As we moved through the tall scrub, Lauren’s interest was drawn to the golf ball-sized swellings on desiccated goldenrod stalks. As usual, she had many really good questions:… Read More »

Rifle deer season starts Saturday

Vermont’s traditionally popular 16-day rifle deer season begins Saturday and runs through Nov. 26. State Fish & Wildlife officials explain that a hunter may take one buck during this season with at least one antler having two or more points one inch or longer. A point must be one inch or longer from base to tip. Spike-antlered deer,… Read More »

Vermont’s Moose hunt preliminary total is 40

The Vermont Fish &Wildlife Department says a preliminary count at the end of October revealed that hunters harvested 40 moose in this year’s regulated hunting seasons. Hunters reported eight moose taken by 18 hunters in the Oct. 1-7 archery season and 32 moose by 70 hunters in the Oct. 21-26 regular season, said Cedric Alexander,… Read More »

Vermont bald eagles, loons nest in record numbers

Vermont’s bald eagle population continued its recovery in 2017. Twenty-one pairs of adult bald eagles successfully produced 35 young in Vermont in 2017, a modern-day record in the state according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.  The species remains on Vermont’s endangered species list, but another strong year of growth has biologists hopeful for… Read More »

State safety officials remind fall hikers to take care

Vermont State Police and Department of Public Safety would like to remind those heading out onto Vermont’s hiking trails this fall of the ever changing conditions a hiker may encounter this time of year. While trailhead conditions may be warm and mild, higher elevations can present cooler temperatures along with a better view of foliage.… Read More »