Guided Walk

Guided Exploration of Windsor Grasslands WMA - CANCELED

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED

Join wildlife biologist Chris Bernier and forester Tim Morton on a guided exploration of the varied habitats of Windsor Grasslands WMA. Visiting orchards, grasslands, deer wintering area and more, these veteran public land managers will engage participants in discussions on the unique nature of these habitats, the wildlife species that depend upon them, and the benefits and challenges of managing these features for the future. Limit is 20 participants.

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

East Hill WMA Tour and Winter Wildlife Tracking

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020  
Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Location: East Hill WMA, Wolcott, Vermont | map

Join a VT Fish & Wildlife biologist Tim Appleton on a tour of the East Hill Wildlife Management Area in Wolcott 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 will meet at the WMA parking area off Marsh Road for a leisurely walk on relatively flat ground but may go off-trail at times. We’ll discuss tracks, trees, mammals, birds, historical resources, management activities and any other curiosities we find along the way. 

Please bring snowshoes and wear appropriate clothing and footwear for being outdoors in winter, including extra layers, food, and water, as well as binoculars if you have them.  You should also be able to walk 1-2 miles at a relaxed pace over a relatively flat trail while wearing snowshoes, if needed.

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Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

CANCELLED: Winter Wildlife Tracking

THIS EVENT IS RESCHEDULED TO 2/16. 

Date: February 8, 2020
Time: 1:00-3:00pm
Location: Westshire Elementary School, 744 VT-113, West Fairlee, VT 05083 | map

Ali Thomas, education manager for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, will be leading the walk. The first hour will feature information on learning how to begin tracking wildlife. The second hour will be an outdoor adventure hike to see what signs of wildlife can be found. An experienced naturalist and tracker who has worked on conservation education projects throughout the country, Thomas studied under renowned wildlife tracker James Halfpenny.

According to Thomas, tracking wildlife is a great way to connect with nature and the outdoors and getting started requires no experience or equipment.

Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Animals in Winter

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020 
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: Maclure Library, Pittsford, Vermont | map

Ali Thomas, education manager for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, will host this kid-friendly event starting at the library. The first hour will feature information on wildlife winter survival strategies. The second hour will be an outdoor adventure to the Pittsford Village Farm to see what signs of animal winter adaptations can be found. An experienced naturalist and tracker who has worked on conservation education projects throughout the country, Thomas studied under renowned wildlife tracker James Halfpenny. 

Snowshoes will be available at the library. Be sure to dress for the weather. For more information contact - contact@maclurelibrary.org | 802-483-2972

Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Wildlife Viewing Tour

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 (Backup date: Saturday, February 15)
Time:10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or
         1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Victory Basin Wildlife Management Area, Victory, Vermont.

Join St. Johnsbury biologists Doug Morin and Paul Hamelin for a wildlife-based exploration of a truly unique part of Vermont. Victory Basin is a vast lowland boreal forest that is common in northern Canada but rare here in Vermont, allowing visitors to feel like they’ve stepped into another world. There is a possibility of spotting boreal wildlife such as a snowshoe hare, Canada jays, and maybe even an American marten. 

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Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

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

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