Keep distance from fawns

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says fawns are being born this time of year and asks that people avoid disturbing or picking them up.  Most fawns are born in late May and the first and second weeks of June, according to Vermont deer biologist Nick Fortin.  Fortin says it is best to keep your… Read More »

Fish scales and the American shad

Fish scales and the American shad

TIM TRAVER It’s tempting to simply view fish scales as armor, but there’s more to them than that. They provide camouflage; they also play a role in locomotion. For scientists working on the recovery of American shad in the Connecticut River, scales provide a record of a fish’s life history and a way to measure… Read More »

Be on the lookout for frogs, salamanders crossing

One of the great wildlife migrations is happening right now in Vermont, and it’s taking place right at our feet. You may have already heard the spring peepers or wood frogs calling in your backyard. Amphibians are on the move, but their spring breeding migration can too often become deadly. Amphibians migrate by the thousands… Read More »

A Tale of Two Seasons

A Tale of Two Seasons

DAVE MANCE III The 2019 maple sugaring season has, for most, just ended in southern Vermont and New Hampshire, and so sugarmakers are tallying up their sap and syrup volumes to see how they made out. My sense, as a sugarmaker myself, is that most did well. In tallying our own numbers, it was interesting… Read More »

Hinesburg Town Forest History Night, April 18

Hinesburg Town Forest History Night, April 18

The Town of Hinesburg hosts a night of storytelling, discussion and education about the Hinesburg Town Forest, an 864-acre municipal forest owned by the town since the 1950s and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The event takes place Thursday, April 18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Hinesburg Town Hall, 10632… Read More »

Garden self-reflection: planning ahead for summer

Garden self-reflection: planning ahead for summer

Oh, the beauty of summer, relaxing in a reclining lawn chair next to your prolific perennial flower garden bursting with color, without a care in the world. Wait. Why does this sound so farfetched? What we tend to forget about when we dream of summer gardening is the amount of time, sweat and effort we… Read More »

Northeastern wolves: The past, present and future

Northeastern wolves: The past, present and future

SUSAN SHEA On a moonlit night 200 years ago, a dog-shaped shadow slipped through the Vermont woods. The large, shaggy canid emerged onto a hilltop pasture, raised its muzzle, and howled – a deep, throaty howl that reverberated through the hills. A chorus of wolves responded. Wolves were common in the Northeast and most of… Read More »

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