Vermont abounds in wildlife. With a little preparation, some caution, and luck you can witness the state’s natural abundance.
Every season in Vermont has its own wildlife-watching opportunities. Perhaps you enjoy seeing tracks in the snow, hearing birds in the spring or chorus frogs around a vernal pool, summer brings migrant shore birds, and autumn visits of white-tail deer?
Here you’ll find some great leads for where to go and how to do it safely for both you and the wildlife.
What’s Hot Right Now?
January: The snow and cold temperatures has sent many species underground or off to warmer climes, but that shouldn't slow you down from keeping an eye out for them! Fresh snow presents a wonderful opportunity to track wildlife. You can often spot great stories of wildlife interacting, from a mouse foraging for seeds as it drags its tail across the snow, to a barred owl swooping down to grab a hare off the ground. There are still plenty of birds in Vermont in winter and the reduced number of species can make things easier for beginner birders.
Tips for Protecting Wildlife
While it’s great to get close to nature, remember wildlife need their space. Here are some suggestions to safely share the outdoors with wildlife.