State grants available to fund watershed projects in 2019

The Vermont Watershed Grants Program is accepting applications for projects in 2019 that protect, restore and enhance the state’s lakes, streams, rivers and ponds, including Vermonters’ ability to understand and enjoy these treasures. Applications are due by Feb. 15. The program makes grants available to municipalities, local and regional government agencies, sporting clubs, nonprofit organizations,… Read More »

Hartford bobcat tests positive for rabies

VTDIGGER.ORG A bobcat that attacked two women in Hartford on Wednesday before it was shot dead by a game warden later tested positive for rabies. The 25-pound adult female bobcat caused serious, non-life-threatening injuries to the two victims, according to Col. Jason Batchelder, director of enforcement for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. Officers did… Read More »

Register for UVM Master Gardener course until Jan. 16

The University of Vermont Extension Master Gardener Program is accepting registrations until Jan. 16 for its 16-week home horticulture course. The online non-credit course will run from Jan. 18 through May 10 with live question-and-answer sessions on Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. All sessions will be recorded. Prior gardening knowledge is not mandatory. Participants need basic… Read More »

Vermont State Parks has holiday gifts for outdoors enthusiasts

Vermont State Parks has holiday gifts for outdoors enthusiasts

Vermont State Parks holiday gifts make it easy to give an outdoor experience or adventure gear to friends and family while supporting state parks. Check out the selection and place orders online at vtstateparks.com/shop.html: • For the day tripper, a $59 gift package covers several weekends of adventures with a punch card good for 10 state… Read More »

Tips on how to attract birds with winter bird feeders

Tips on how to attract birds with winter bird feeders

Wintertime is prime bird-watching and bird-feeding season giving Vermonters an opportunity to witness a fascinating array of bird life often near our homes. John Buck, Vermont Fish &Wildlife’s migratory bird biologist, has some tips on how best to attract birds to the winter garden with bird feeders. • To ensure that feeders are free of… Read More »

Fish & Wildlife holiday gift certificates

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says it has a perfect holiday gift for friends and family who hunt and fish – gift certificates for 2019 Vermont hunting and fishing licenses. The certificates can be purchased on the department’s website and it can be used for any license including the Combination Hunting & Fishing License. Find the… Read More »

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 »