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 »

Waiting to mow fields can help nesting grassland birds

Waiting to mow fields can help nesting grassland birds

Summertime brings many grassland birds such as a bobolinks and meadowlarks to open fields across Vermont, but many of these species are in decline due to the loss of grassland habitat. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Audubon Vermont encourage landowners to give birds a chance to complete their nesting season simply by altering… Read More »

Wildlife don’t need rescuing and could spread rabies

Wildlife don’t need rescuing and could spread rabies

State health and wildlife officials have one message for people who come across any animals in the wild: “Just leave them be.” The state’s head game warden, Col. Jason Batchelder, says wardens get many calls from people who find little animals they believe are abandoned or orphaned, and take the animals home to care for… Read More »

Go fish: June 9 is Free Fishing Day

Vermont’s annual, statewide Summer Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 9, and it will be highlighted by a free family fishing festival in Grand Isle as well as opening day of the state’s regular bass fishing season. “Vermont’s Free Fishing Day gives resident and nonresident anglers the opportunity to go fishing without a license for the… Read More »

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