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?
March: March is when many species are just getting started. Listen for birds calling in the trees on warm afternoons as they begin to establish territories. Bald eagles have generally begun nesting by March, and can be spotted on the wing bringing sticks back to the nest as they prepare for chicks. On rainy nights that stay in the 40's, look for frogs and salamanders on the move in the Champlain and Connecticut River Valleys. And many mammals that have been hibernating for much of the winter become more active in March as days get longer and temperatures get warmer.
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.