Mallard breeding behavior may create a whole new kind of duck

By Meghan McCarthy McPhaul Robert McCloskey’s “Make way for Ducklings” is one of my favorite childhood books. I loved the way Mr. and Mrs. Mallard interacted, their seemingly endless search for the perfect nesting place, the description of classic Boston neighborhoods, and the whimsical names of their eight ducklings. Not until I started reading the… Read More »

New program aims to get families camping at state parks

Vermont State Parks would like to get more Vermonters camping this summer. The First Time Happy Campers Program aims to do that at five state parks in July and August, along with gear from the Outdoor Gear Exchange. The program is designed to encourage families who haven’t camped before to give it a try. Participating… Read More »

Consider delayed mowing to conserve grassland birds

Summer in Vermont is greatly enriched by the state’s many grassland birds, from bobolinks flushing up from a grassy field to the beautiful song of an eastern meadowlark. But many of these species are in decline due to the loss of appropriate grassland habitat. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Vermont Audubon are encouraging… Read More »

Give nesting loons space

Give nesting loons space

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department asks boaters to help nesting loons by enjoying them from a safe distance and taking care with fishing tackle. “We’re asking people to enjoy loons from a distance using binoculars, whether they are in a motor boat, canoe, or a kayak,” said state wildlife biologist John Buck. Loons were… Read More »

UVM master gardeners are ready to take calls, emails and visits

University of Vermont Extension master gardeners are available to help answer home gardening questions from gardeners in Vermont and northern New Hampshire. Call the helpline toll-free numbers, 800-639-2230 or 802-656-5421, between 9 a.m. and noon, Monday through Thursday. Master Gardeners have completed a 13-week horticultural course and 40-hour internship. They can answer questions on a wide range of home… Read More »

Got bats? Volunteers needed, training provided

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is looking for volunteer citizen scientists to count bats in the greater Champlain Valley and a few other sites around the state this summer. Interested participants should attend a free training at 7:30 to about 9:30 p.m. on June 27 at Rokeby Museum, Route 7 in Ferrisburgh; the rain… Read More »