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 »

Coyotes prepare for winter

Coyotes prepare for winter

Eight years ago, my husband and I planted 128 fruit trees on a hillside, mostly apples, but the back few rows included stone fruits. Our apples began producing with gusto after only a few years. We made gallons of cider and sold bushels of heirloom apples. But the plums have required patience. Their blossoms are… 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 »