Tiny saw-whet owls are on the move

Tiny saw-whet owls are on the move

By BRETT AMY THELEN Every autumn, when the air tastes of apples and leaves crunch underfoot, my thoughts turn to tiny owls – northern saw-whet owls (Aegolius acadicus), to be exact. Just eight inches in length with a round head and bright yellow eyes, the saw-whet is arguably New England’s most endearing owl. Deer mice,… Read More »

Ash borer reaches South Hero

STAFF REPORT The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed that insects collected from ash trees in South Hero are larvae of the emerald ash borer, Vermont state officials announced this month. The location is about 50 miles from the closest confirmed emerald ash borer infestation in Vermont. First discovered… Read More »

Boxelders’ namesake bugs like to spend winter indoors

Boxelders’ namesake bugs like to spend winter indoors

By JOE RANKIN Comedian Rodney Dangerfield’s shtick was the phrase “I don’t get no respect,” always followed by one of his great self-deprecatory one-liners. If Rodney Dangerfield were a tree, he might be Acer negundo – the Boxelder, which also gets no respect. When Boxelder isn’t being ignored, it’s being disparaged, dismissed, or damned with… Read More »

Accessible boardwalk, trail opens in Monkton

The Nature Conservancy recently marked the completion of a universally accessible boardwalk at its Raven Ridge Natural Area in Monkton. The ADA-compliant boardwalk spans 935 feet over a sensitive wetland and leads to a 748-foot accessible trail, creating a third of a mile of access for visitors of all physical abilities. To open the trail,… Read More »

Young deer hunters encouraged to participate, report this weekend

Young deer hunters encouraged to participate, report this weekend

This weekend is Vermont Youth Deer Hunt weekend and young hunters are encouraged to take to the field and also help Fish & Wildlife biologists by reporting their deer at one of 24 biological reporting stations around the state. Youth deer hunting weekend aims to help train young hunters and provides biological information needed to manage the deer population. Vermont… Read More »

Game wardens urge timely reporting of poaching activity

Vermont state game wardens are appealing to the public to help curb poaching activities this fall. They ask anyone who witnesses or believes they have knowledge of poaching to contact them quickly. “If you hear a shot in the night, see lights in a field, or have any information about a poaching incident, please contact… Read More »

Watershed work: Wrapping up the water quality stewardship field season

By KRISTA HOFFSIS Among the great blue herons and lily pads in the Town Farm Bay and LaPlatte River wetlands, volunteers spent June and July removing invasive European frogbit plants from Shelburne’s LaPlatte River, the lower McCabe’s Brook and Charlotte’s 50-acre wetland complex at Town Farm Bay. Lewis Creek Association’s Water Quality Stewardship Program invasive… Read More »

Archery Deer Season Starts Oct. 6

Archery Deer Season Starts Oct. 6

Vermont’s two-part archery deer season is Oct. 6 to Nov. 2, and Dec. 1-9. According to Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department officials, hunters may take up to two deer, one of which may be a legal buck (a deer with at least one antler having two or more points one inch or longer). In Vermont… Read More »