Bird Banding Week in Addison

Bird Banding Week in Addison

Join the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department at the new Dead Creek Visitor Center in Addison to learn more about bird banding and conservation. Songbird banding will take place from 8 a.m. to noon on Oct. 16, 17 and 21. Owl banding will take place from 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20. Members of the… Read More »

Outdoor Notes

Hikes with the Green Mountain Club this weekend The Burlington section of the Green Mountain Club has weekend outings scheduled for October. All events are free and open to the public. For more information visit greenmountainclub.org or contact hike leaders. Hikes this weekend Saturday: Sterling Pond, Stowe Pretty easy hike from Rt. 108 to Sterling… Read More »

Be aware: Foliage season brings break-ins

As fall hiking and tourism season approaches, Vermont State Police troopers remind citizens to refrain from leaving valuables in plain view inside their vehicles while enjoying the outdoors. This includes purses, handbags, wallets, cash, cellphones, computer devices, hiking equipment, etc. Continuing efforts begun earlier this year, troopers with the Williston barracks will be patrolling Chittenden… Read More »

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 »