Vermont bald eagles and loons nest in record numbers this year

Vermont bald eagles and loons nest in record numbers this year

Vermont’s bald eagle population continued its recovery in 2017. Twenty-one pairs of adult bald eagles successfully produced 35 young in Vermont in 2017, a modern-day record in the state according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.  The species remains on Vermont’s endangered species list, but another strong year of growth has biologists hopeful for… Read More »

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 »

Hikes with the Green Mountain Club for October

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 or contact hike leaders. Saturday: Sterling Pond, Stowe Pretty easy hike from Rt. 108 to Sterling Pond. Dogs welcome, but limit of 6 (please email or call).… Read More »

UVM Master Gardener Program hosts winter gardening class 

Just because summer is ending doesn’t mean that gardeners need to forgo thinking about gardening until the next growing season. On Oct. 21, the University of Vermont Extension Master Gardener program will sponsor Gardening in the Off Season, a day-long event at the North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier. The program runs from 10 a.m. to… Read More »

Vermont’s ruffed grouse and woodcock seasons are open

The hunting seasons for ruffed grouse and woodcock are open now through Dec. 31, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. State fish and wildlife officials say the key to hunting success is to find suitable habitat for these upland game birds. Woodcock are often found in alders along brooks and near beaver ponds… Read More »

Vermont’s archery deer season starts this Saturday

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says hunters are looking forward to Vermont’s archery deer hunting season, Saturday through Nov. 3 and again Dec. 2-10. A hunter may take up to two deer in Vermont’s two-part archery season with the purchase of two archery licenses.  No more than one of the deer taken during archery… Read More »

Treestand safety from Fish & Wildlife

Treestands get hunters out of sight and smell of wary deer, but they can also get hunters into trouble. Here are some tips from the Vt. Fish & Wildlife Department to stay safe and get the most out of your treestand hunting experience: Choose a live, straight tree. Only use stands certified by the Treestand… Read More »

Locals Bike the UK

Locals Bike the UK

Shelburne couple Kevin O’Brien and Robilee Smith completed the 1006-mile Bike the UK for MS charity ride this summer, riding the entire length of Great Britain to raise money for multiple sclerosis. Smith, 61, the top fundraiser, and O’Brien, 70, who came in third, together raised about $3,800. The pair began their ride at John… Read More »

Vermont Advises Waterfowl Hunters Against Spreading Invasive Plants

Fall heralds the season waterfowl hunters look forward to all year. But before hunters begin building waterfowl blinds, the Vt. Fish & Wildlife Department reminds them to pay attention to the materials used and to avoid spreading invasive plants. The transport of invasive plant species is illegal in Vermont. “Most knowledgeable waterfowl hunters avoid using… Read More »