This weekend is Youth Waterfowl Hunters’ Weekend

Young Vermonters age 17 and under can give waterfowl hunting a try this weekend, hunting ducks and geese in the Lake Champlain and Interior Vermont waterfowl hunting zones (15 and under in the Connecticut River zone). According to Vermont Fish and Wildlife officials, the youth hunter must have a Vermont hunting license and must be… Read More »

New Dead Creek Visitor Center opens

New Dead Creek Visitor Center opens

The grand opening of the new Dead Creek Visitor Center at the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area in Addison begins at 5 p.m. on Sept. 28. Dead Creek in Addison is known for its wildlife viewing and waterfowl hunting opportunities. Thousands of people visit every year to watch the fall migration of snow geese and other birds, to enjoy… Read More »

The Outside Story

The Outside Story

By Brett Amy Thelan I once heard of a biologist with a clever party trick: regardless of where or when a given party was taking place, he claimed that he could produce a wild salamander in 15 minutes or less, and more often than not, he delivered. I suspect he never tried this at any… Read More »

American Goldfinch: Common bird with uncommon habits

American Goldfinch: Common bird with uncommon habits

  By Barbara Mackay I love the fact that there is always something new to observe in nature. Take goldfinches, for example. I have often watched them devour milkweed seeds from an acrobatic, upside-down position. Recently, I spotted several bright yellow males perched atop dandelion stems, plucking the seedheads at a frenzied pace. Previously, I… Read More »

Hatching a Monarch among us

Hatching a Monarch among us

By Elise Tillinghast Earlier this summer, my daughter persuaded me to bring home a monarch egg. I had misgivings. This wasn’t my first butterfly rodeo, and previous experience was discouraging. Two summers past, a friend gave us several black swallowtail caterpillars. One lived to adulthood, but all the siblings wasted away, taking on the form… Read More »

Vt. Fish & Wildlife gets $50,000 grant for moose study

Vt. Fish & Wildlife gets $50,000 grant for moose study

The Safari Club International Foundation recently awarded the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department a $50,000 grant to support an ongoing three-year study on the state’s moose herd. Biologists have placed radio collars on 60 moose in the Northeast Kingdom to track their movements. “Moose are an iconic species in Vermont, contributing to the state’s tourist… Read More »

Caddisflies: Submerged silk spinners

Caddisflies: Submerged silk spinners

By Declan McCabe A small boy asked “what’s your favorite insect?” I answered without hesitation: caddisflies. Not the short-lived adults, which while charming in their own hairy moth-like way, do not capture my attention. My caddisfly predilection is reserved for the larval stages that last for most of the insect’s one or, less often, two-… Read More »

Summer house guests

Summer house guests

by Meghan McCarthy McPhaul Perhaps the phoebe selected her nesting spot during the few days my family was away from home at the end of April. Otherwise, I can’t quite figure her decision to build a nest atop the back porch light, right next to a doorway used regularly by three children and a rambunctious… Read More »

Starlings Aren’t Darling: The history of America’s least-loved bird

Starlings Aren’t Darling: The history of America’s least-loved bird

By Joe Rankin It’s a classic story of unintended consequences. In 1890, Eugene Schieffelin, a drug manufacturer and member of the New York Zoological Society, released 60 starlings in New York’s Central Park with the hope of establishing a breeding population. Worried that the experiment wasn’t successful, he released another 40 the next year. Schieffelin… Read More »