How summer camps keep kids healthy

How summer camps keep kids healthy

A study by Indiana University and Ohio State researchers found that children gain more weight over the summer than during the school year. However, a child’s summer camp experience can provide the structure and activity needed to keep kids healthy year-round. According to research conducted by the American Camp Association, 63 percent of children who… Read More »

Be a Fresh Air host family

Be a Fresh Air host family

Fresh Air summers are filled with children running through the sprinklers in the grass, gazing at star-filled skies, and swimming for the first time. The Fresh Air Fund is looking for volunteer host families in the Champlain Valley area. Each summer, thousands of children from New York City’s low-income communities visit suburban, rural, and small-town… Read More »

Waiting for spring

Waiting for spring

Snow has piled up from back-to-back storms in the past week. It’s not Adirondack-chair season yet. Temps are expected to warm into the 20s over the weekend.

Free Ice Fishing Day Jan. 26

Free Ice Fishing Day Jan. 26

Saturday is Vermont’s sixth annual Free Ice Fishing Day when people are invited to try ice fishing on any waterbody statewide without buying a fishing license. It’s also when 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 »

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

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

By COLIN MEYN VTDIGGER.ORG This year’s deer harvest in Vermont was the biggest in 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… Read More »

Hawk-eyed

Hawk-eyed

A red-tailed hawk keeps watch for its next snack recently. Hawks watch from a high perch then swoop to capture small prey.

Counting fish on Lake Memphremagog

Counting fish on Lake Memphremagog

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will survey anglers on both the American and Canadian sections of Lake Memphremagog through November 2020. The two-year survey funded by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission will include visual counts of anglers and interviews to learn about fishing effort, catch and harvest rates, and biological data such as the… Read More »

Vermont’s wild animals manage to survive winter’s harsh weather

Vermont’s wild animals manage to survive winter’s harsh weather

Vermonters typically take one of three different approaches to winter. Some (usually retired) Vermonters have the “snowbird” approach, spending the winter in a warmer southern climate. Others hibernate, staking out a warm spot next to the woodstove with a cup of cocoa, going outside only when absolutely necessary. But hardier Vermonters embrace winter, breaking out… Read More »