Coyotes prepare for winter

Coyotes prepare for winter

  by Susie Spikol Faber 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… Read More »

Vermont rifle deer hunting 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… 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 »

Young hunters encouraged to participate, report during Youth Deer Hunt this weekend

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department urges young deer hunters to help scientific management of Vermont’s deer population by bringing the deer they take during the state’s Nov. 4-5 Youth Deer Hunt to an official reporting station. At the stations, the animals are weighed, aged and examined by a state wildlife biologist, said Vermont’s deer… Read More »

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 »