Guided Walk

Beaver Pond Wetland Walk

Join biologists from Vermont Fish & Wildlife and the Vermont Land Trust to learn about this incredible series of wetlands and the recent conservation efforts at Kesick Swamp Wildlife Management Area.  The group will explore the newly improved pedestrian access and learn about the work being done to enhance wildlife connectivity and protect significant wetlands. You’ll learn about the mix of private and public conservation in this diverse area while exploring a culturally rich area with some of the local people who helped protect it. The group will hike down to the beaver ponds where people might catch a glance at heron on the active heron rookery on the lands, walking through meadows and hardwood stands to get there. Conservationists have also caught sight of a bear on the property during recent visits!

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Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Fall Foliage Wildlife Walk

Vermont’s lead moose biologist, Cedric Alexander, will lead the group at the vast Steam Mill Brook Wildlife Management Area. The Steam Mill Brook area contains a large expanse of unbroken forests and provides an important corridor for wildlife moving between the Worcester Mountain Range and the Northeast Kingdom. These lands have been managed to create young forest habitat that is critical for many species of wildlife, from chestnut-sided warblers to American woodcock to moose.

Alexander will lead the group through a variety of habitats to look for wildlife and sign, from flowery meadows to wetlands and young forests, talking about the importance of each to snowshoe hare and their predators, grouse, deer, moose, bear, and songbirds.   

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Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Snake Mountain Fall Hawk Migration

Join Vermont Fish & Wildlife biologists Doug Morin and Toni Mikula on top of Snake Mountain to look for migrating raptors. Hike at your own pace and plan to take between one to two hours to hike up to the top. Biologists will be set up on the summit from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. with spotting scopes and binoculars and will help you identify raptors aloft in their annual fall movements. Bring your own bird watching equipment or share ours as we spend an enjoyable afternoon looking for birds.  

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Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Halfmoon Cove Natural Community Walk

The lower Winooski River supports a unique and 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 State Lands Ecologist Bob Zaino.

This trip will involve a moderate walk on flat ground but requires walking off-trail and across wet ground. Waterproof boots are recommended.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Forest and Habitat Management Techniques for Wildlife

Date: Saturday, June 22 - 9:00 am - 11:00 am (rain or shine)

Location: Lower Otter Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Sand Road, Ferrisburg, VT

Visit Lower Otter Creek WMA to view the results of a timber harvest with wildlife in mind. Walk with biologist Dave Sausville and forester Matt Leonard as they showcase the different forest and habitat management techniques used to manage this property for wildlife.

We will visit harvested areas and discuss the strategies used to achieve specific objectives and goals on the parcel. These same forest management practices are used to enhance habitat on private land. Bring your questions about forest and wildlife habitat management.

Registration is not required but appreciated. For more information or directions please contact Lisa Sausville at 802-877-2777 or

This workshop cosponsored by VT Coverts, VT Fish and Wildlife and VT Forest Parks and Recreation is free and open to the public. 

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk with Bob Popp, VFWD botanist

Date: Sunday, May 12 
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m
Location: Stranahan Town Forest, Marshfield VT

Bob Popp will be leading the walk along with Annie Reed, chair of the Marshfield Conservation Commission and biology instructor at Vermont Community College. Come along for a pleasant walk in the woods looking for the flowers that bring a pop of color to the May forest.

The FREE walk is co-sponsored by the Stranahan Forest Stewardship Committee, the Marshfield Conservation Commission and the Jaquith Public Library.  The group will meet at the Stranahan Forest parking lot at the beginning of Thompson Road, right off Hollister Hill Road. 

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Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm


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