Bobcat caught on trail camera in Brandon

Bobcat caught on trail camera in Brandon

This bobcat was caught in a series of photos on a game camera set up under a bridge in Brandon, Vt. recently. The cameras are part of a partnership among Vermont Fish & Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, and VTrans to better understand wildlife movement around road crossing structures. “This bobcat passing under the road highlights the… Read More »

Clifftops and overlooks closed to protect nesting peregrines

Clifftops and overlooks closed to protect nesting peregrines

Hikers seeking higher ground should be aware that some clifftops and overlooks have been closed to human visitors temporarily to protect spots where peregrine falcons are nesting. State wildlife officials have posted a dozen locations from Bolton to Fairlee where the majestic birds are raising their young. “Peregrine nesting is well underway this spring,” said… Read More »

Keep an eye out for emerging turtles

Keep an eye out for emerging turtles

It’s springtime and Vermont’s turtles on are on the move. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is asking for the public’s help in keeping them safe. Female turtles are looking for places to deposit their eggs, sometimes choosing to lay them along the shoulders of roads, which can end tragically. “Turtles often cross roads as they… Read More »

Emerald ash borers eat their way through Vermont’s ash tree population

Emerald ash borers eat their way through Vermont’s ash tree population

Jim Fuller, a former park ranger at Vermont’s Grand Isle State Park, described this interaction with a tourist from New Jersey after he confiscated their out-of-state firewood. Ranger Jim: “We are trying to keep the forests clear of invasive insects.” Tourist, as beetle fell from firewood: “You mean like that one there?” In this instance,… Read More »

State warns: Prevent infestation, don’t move firewood to campsites

Motorists in the areas of Plainfield, Groton, Calais, Williamstown, Washington, and Barre may notice new flashing road signs reading “Don’t move ash firewood beyond this point.” The signs are part of an inter-agency partnership between the Agency of Transportation, the Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation and the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets to… Read More »

Kudos

Kudos

Hannan K. Merritt, formerly of Shelburne, was recently awarded Alpine Level III certification by the Professional Ski Instructors of America, the highest level certification for professional ski instructors. He lives in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., where he teaches skiing and manages the freestyle team at Heavenly Ski Resort. Merritt is a 2013 graduate of Hobart… Read More »

Once again, it’s time to tackle invasive garlic mustard at Shelburne Bay Park

Once again, it’s time to tackle invasive garlic mustard at Shelburne Bay Park

What’s become an annual tradition at Shelburne Bay Park continues this Saturday when volunteers gather for the Fifth Annual Garlic Mustard Eradication Day. For the past four years community volunteers, including Champlain Valley Union High School students, have successfully spent a few hours pulling these invasive plants at Shelburne Bay Park each spring. This year… Read More »

A run for their lives

A run for their lives

One of Vermont’s premier wildlife-watching opportunities is happening right now as steelhead rainbow trout migrate upstream providing a spectacular display of determination as they battle springtime currents and even leap waterfalls to reach their spawning grounds. Above, a rainbow trout leaps in the Willoughby River outside Orleans village, the best place to spot steelhead in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.… Read More »