Guided Walk

Wildlife Walk- Winter Wildlife Ecology and Forest Management

Join Ethan Tapper, the Chittenden County Forester for the Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation, and Andrea Shortsleeve, Wildlife Biologist for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Dept. for a free, public walk of a forest management project being implemented at the Hinesburg Town Forest (HTF).

This walk will highlight winter wildlife ecology, wildlife tracking, and how active management of the HTF is expected to influence wildlife habitat and behavior. 

To join the walk, meet at 1:00pm on Saturday, January 29 at the HTF trailhead on Hayden Hill Road East, 0.3 miles from the intersection with Texas Hill Road.

Please note that the Hayden Hill Road East trailhead is not accessible from Hayden Hill Road West, and that if you put “Hinesburg Town Forest” into your GPS it will send you to the incorrect trailhead.

Please come prepared to spend two hours out in the elements, including some walking over slippery and uneven surfaces.

To learn more about the Hinesburg Town Forest project, check out the links and resources at: https://linktr.ee/HinesburgTownForest

Saturday, January 29, 2022 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Natural Communities of Merck Forest

Sponsored by Vermont Land Trust, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, The Nature Conservancy, and Merck Forest and Farmland Center

Join Liz Thompson, Eric Sorenson, and Bob Zaino, the three authors of Wetland, Woodland, Wildland: A Guide to the Natural Communities of Vermont to celebrate the publication of the second edition of the book with an exploration of Merck’s special natural communities, including Dry Chestnut Oak Forest and Rich Northern Hardwood Forest. The forests here are fascinating and we will learn about the trees, shrubs, wildflowers of the forest floor, and forest structure, exploring how different soils support different plants and animals.

This will be a moderate hike over variable terrain.

Location: Merck Forest and Farmland Center

Limit 25 participants

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Habitat Walk at Birdseye WMA

Join Fish & Wildlife Department biologist, Travis Hart, on a walk to discuss different habitat types across parts of the 3,000+ acre Birdseye WMA, which covers the towns of Castleton, Ira and Poultney. Walk through young forest and then the trail up Herrick Mountain discussing different species and habitat types as we climb. It is roughly 1.5 miles to the view of the valley and Lake Bomoseen.

Note* The climb to the top of Herrick Mountain is on a managed access road but is steep and may be difficult for some. Stops will be made along the way to discuss different features, but please be prepared for a steep climb. Dress appropriately including good hiking shoes and long pants to protect against ticks. Terrain will be varied and difficult.

Appropriate for Children of What Age – Due to the relatively steep incline of the climb up it is recommended that only older children attend that are able to walk 1.5 miles up steep terrain. 12+

Equipment Attendees should bring – Water to drink along the way, bug spray, walking stick or poles if you prefer to use them when hiking.

Limit: 30 participants

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Saturday, July 31, 2021 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Natural Communities of Halfmoon Cove Wildlife Management Area

Hosted by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Vermont Land Trust, and The Nature Conservancy

The lower Winooski River supports an intriguing ecosystem that includes floodplain forests with their tall arching trees, wet swamps, and flooded marshes. Come learn about these natural communities, and the many plants and animals that inhabit them, with Liz Thompson, Eric Sorenson, and Bob Zaino, the three authors of the second edition of Wetland, Woodland, Wildland: A Guide to the Natural Communities of Vermont.

This trip will involve a moderate off-trail walk on flat ground that may be muddy or wet.  Rubber boots or waterproof shoes are recommended. 

Limit: 25 participants

Meeting location will be sent to you upon registration.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Sustainable Foraging- Guided Walk Burlington Intervale

The Intervale Center’s Natural Areas Stewardship Coordinator, Duncan Murdoch, will lead a walk through the forests and fields focusing on sustainable foraging practices at the Intervale.   Duncan will identify abundant edible and medicinal plants, especially invasive species! 

Rain Date: June 9, 2021

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

History and Current Management of Dead Creek WMA

Join Vermont Fish & Wildlife biologist and WMA manager Amy Alfieri for a walking and driving tour of the Dead Creek WMA where we will discuss how and why the area was developed, and its current management strategies and goals.

We will be following best social distancing practices. Participants in these events must practice social distancing at all times, wear a mask at all stops along the trails and/or paddle, and sign a consent form. Temperatures may be taken.

Space is limited and these events fill up quickly, so signup early!

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Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Podunk WMA Tour

Join  Vermont Fish & Wildlife biologists Tim Appleton and John Austin at the Podunk Wildlife Management Area in Strafford for a guided tour and discussion about the importance and uniqueness of a wildlife management area and how they differ from other types of state lands, such as state forest and state parks.  We’ll discuss tracks, trees, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, historical resources, management activities and any other curiosities we find along the way.  Participants are asked to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for being outdoors in summer, including food and water, as well as binoculars if they have them.  You should also be able to walk one to two miles at a relaxed pace over a relatively flat trail with some steady inclines.

We will be following best social distancing practices. Participants in these events must practice social distancing at all times, wear a mask at all stops along the trails and/or paddle, and sign a consent form. Temperatures may be taken.

Space is limited and these events fill up quickly, so signup early!

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Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Whipstock Hill Tour

Join Vermont Fish & Wildlife biologist Travis Hart as well as members of the WHIPS organization for a guided tour and discussion of conservation efforts completed and planned for the future. The group will meet at the landing off Whipstock Road at the orange/red gate and walk through recent work in a loop around the property. Hiking will be of easy to moderate difficulty.

We will be following best social distancing practices. Participants in these events must practice social distancing at all times, wear a mask at all stops along the trails and/or paddle, and sign a consent form. Temperatures may be taken.

Space is limited and these events fill up quickly, so signup early!

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Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Black River Guided Paddle

Bring your own canoe or kayak and join Vermont Fish & Wildlife fish biologist Pete Emerson on a guided tour of the lower Black River, home to an intact floodplain forest and to many species of fish, birds and other wildlife. Bring a lunch and a fishing pole!

We will be following best social distancing practices. Participants in these events must practice social distancing at all times, wear a mask at all stops along the trails and/or paddle, and sign a consent form. Temperatures may be taken.

Space is limited and these events fill up quickly, so signup early!

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Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

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