Guided Walk

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

WMA Walk: Snake Mountain, Addison VT

Walk to the summit of Snake Mountain with state geologists and ecologists to learn about the geologic features and how they influence the unique natural communities and habitats on this special WMA.

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Registration is limited. Participants must wear masks and practice social distancing guidelines at all times. This walk is not recommended for children under 8, all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Rain date: September 25

 

Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

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

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