Southern pine beetles march north

Southern pine beetles march north

By JOE RANKIN As if the emerald ash borer’s incursion into northern New England wasn’t enough, now there’s another potentially devastating forest pest marching this way: the southern pine beetle. Dendroctonus frontalis – the first name means “tree murderer,” we should note – is only a fraction of an inch long. But during outbreaks, they… Read More »

Vermont bald eagles nest, breed successfully in 2018

Vermont bald eagles nest, breed successfully in 2018

This was another successful year for Vermont’s bald eagles with 23 known nesting pairs producing at least 33 young, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. The bald eagle remains on the list of species protected under Vermont’s state endangered species law, but its continued recovery success may enable it to be delisted within… Read More »

A critter for every month

A critter for every month

The 2019 Vermont Fish & Wildlife Calendar, filled with photos by Vermont photographers of wildlife including moose, bald eagle, longnose gar, white-tailed deer, and more, is now available. “Vermont’s working landscape and healthy fish and wildlife populations are a testament to the foresight of citizens who care about the state’s natural heritage,” said Susan Warner,… Read More »

UVM Master Gardener course enrolling now

Registration is open for the 16-week University of Vermont Extension Master Gardener online course that runs Jan. 18 through May 10. The course is designed to enhance knowledge of vegetable and flower gardening, sustainable landscaping, lawn care, insect and disease problems, composting, rain gardens and a host of related topics. Participants may either view interactive… Read More »

Watershed due diligence: Tackling invasive species

By KRISTA HOFFSIS Among the great blue herons and lily pads in the Town Farm Bay and LaPlatte River wetlands, volunteers spent June and July removing invasive European frogbit plants from Shelburne’s LaPlatte River, the lower McCabe’s Brook and Charlotte’s 50-acre wetland complex at Town Farm Bay. Lewis Creek Association’s Water Quality Stewardship Program invasive… Read More »