Officials credit banner deer harvest in Vermont to snow, warming climate

By COLIN MEYNVTDIGGER.ORG This year’s deer harvest in Vermont was the biggest on almost two decades, thanks to recent mild winters, lots of snow in November, and an abundance of muzzleloader permits. That’s the word from Vermont Fish and Wildlife officials. Vermont hunters killed 18,845 deer during the youth, archery, rifle and muzzleloader seasons combined.… Read More »

Drivers urged to watch for birds of prey along highways

Drivers urged to watch for birds of prey along highways

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is urging drivers to be alert for birds of prey that are seeking food along the highway this time of year due to snow-covered ground. Many species of hawks and owls are hit by motor vehicles on highways when they swoop down to catch small rodents crossing the open… Read More »

Free Ice Fishing Day Jan. 26

Free Ice Fishing Day Jan. 26

Vermont’s sixth annual Free Ice Fishing Day is Jan. 26 when people are invited to try ice fishing on any waterbody statewide without buying a fishing license. That day the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department hosts a free Ice Fishing Festival at Knight Point State Park in North Hero from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.… Read More »

Register for UVM master gardener course until Jan. 16

The University of Vermont Extension Master Gardener Program is accepting registrations until Jan. 16 for its 16-week home horticulture course. The online non-credit course will run from Jan. 18 through May 10 with live question-and-answer sessions on Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. All sessions will be recorded. Prior gardening knowledge is not mandatory. Participants need basic… Read More »

License plate funds watershed project grants

The Vermont Watershed Grants Program is accepting applications for projects in 2019 that protect, restore and enhance the state’s lakes, streams, rivers and ponds, including Vermonters’ ability to understand and enjoy these treasures. Applications are due by Feb. 15. The program makes grants available to municipalities, local and regional government agencies, sporting clubs, nonprofit organizations,… Read More »

Bobcat that bit two people tests positive for rabies

VTDIGGER.ORG A bobcat that attacked two women in Hartford on Wednesday before it was shot dead by a game warden later tested positive for rabies. The 25-pound adult female bobcat caused serious, non-life-threatening injuries to the two victims, according to Col. Jason Batchelder, director of enforcement for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. Officers did… Read More »

American mountain ash: A rosaceae by any other name

American mountain ash: A rosaceae by any other name

By LAURIE D. MORRISSEY There’s a giant living in northern Coös County, N.H. It’s a 61-foot tall tree, the country’s largest known American mountain ash. At last measurement, it stood at a height of 61 feet and had a circumference of 70 inches. That’s outstanding for a tree that’s described by most sources, including my… Read More »

Tips on how to attract birds with winter bird feeders

Tips on how to attract birds with winter bird feeders

Wintertime is prime bird-watching and bird-feeding season giving Vermonters an opportunity to witness a fascinating array of bird life often near our homes. John Buck, Vermont Fish &Wildlife’s migratory bird biologist, has some tips on how best to attract birds to the winter garden with bird feeders. • To ensure that feeders are free of… Read More »