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WOW-VT Woods Walk: Improving the Forests with Bats in Mind

Date: Sunday, October 22 10:00AM-12:00PM
Location: Bolton, VT
Have you ever wondered what forest stand improvement looks like?  Join Women Owning Woodlands-VT and Alyssa Bennett, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Biologist and WOW-VT forestry demonstration landowner, on a hike around her land in Bolton to see a one-year-old crop tree release and wildlife improvement project.

Alyssa will discuss her goals for the forest improvement project and how Vermont’s nine bat species use forested habitat. We will discuss microhabitat features such as tree cavities and peeling bark to stand-level features such as openings and canopy closure all the way up to habitat connectivity at the landscape level.

By the end of this outing, you will be able to think like a bat! Please dress for the weather and wear footwear appropriate for rocky, steep, and sometimes wet terrain, including stepping over downed trees and branches. This is a family-friendly event for all ages and even friendly, well-behaved dogs are allowed on leash. 

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October 22, 2023 - 10:00 AM - October 22, 2023 - 12:00 PM

Hike Like an Ecologist with Bob Zaino

"Hike Like an Ecologist" with the Fletcher Free Library and Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department Ecologist Bob Zaino at the Colchester Bog Natural Area.

The 180-acre Colchester Bog Natural Area is located on a peninsula in Lake Champlain, just a few miles north of Burlington. 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.  Registration is preferred but not required, please email Barbara Shatara at

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August 19, 2023 - 10:00 AM - August 19, 2023 - 1:00 PM

Habitat and History: Pittsford Ridge Hike at Hubbardton Battlefield WMA

Date: Saturday September 16, 2023
Time:10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Meet at the Hubbardton Battlefield Historic Site Parking lot | map

Hike up to Pittsford Ridge, to experience the area many American soldiers withdrew from during the July 7, 1777, Battle of Hubbardton. Learn about the importance of this Wildlife Management area and the changes in habitat of the area and state at large, throughout history as well.  

Meet at the museum for orientation. Your guides are Jim Rowe, historian of the Crown Point Road Association, and Travis Hart, state and private lands biologist with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

September 16, 2023 - 10:00 AM - September 16, 2023 - 1:00 PM

Stream Wise Stewardship

Are you a stream-side landowner? Join us (and bring a neighbor) by a tributary to the Huntington River to learn about Stream Wise and how to help protect the land, water, wildlife, and community with naturally vegetated buffers.

When: Thursday, July 27 from 6PM-8PM

Where: Esser residence, 956 East Street, Huntington VT 

Presented by Huntington Public Library, Huntington Conservation Commission and The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. 

Contact the Huntington Public Library to sign up today at or by phone at 802-434-4583

Click here to find out more about Stream Wise Stewardship.

July 27, 2023 - 6:00 PM - July 27, 2023 - 8:00 PM

Full Moon Bonfire and Bat Chat

Date: Saturday, October 8, 2022 - 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Lake Paren, North Bennington, VT | map

Join Lake Paren Recreation and VT Fish and Wildlife bat expert Kerry Monahan for a talk about Vermont's bat species followed by a night time walk where guests will use a handheld bat detector to listen for bat calls. 
After the bat chat, enjoy the full moon and good conversation around our bonfire. Roast a marshmallow and drink some cider!

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October 8, 2022 - 6:30 PM - October 8, 2022 - 7:30 PM

"Stream Wise" for Streamside Landowners

Stream Wise is a new program for streamside landowners. You can learn how to protect your home, your stream, and your community by taking good care of the trees and shrubs along the stream. Some of your neighbors are already participating, and have even won an Award!

Friends of the Winooski River and Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department invite YOU to join us on Saturday, September 24 at 3:00 pm at Twinfield School's lower field in Plainfield VT as we introduce this exciting program, recognize the landowners who have participated in this pilot year, and go for a walk in the woods along Naismith Brook to learn about healthy buffers.

September 24, 2022 - 3:00 PM - September 24, 2022 - 5:00 PM

Invasive Plant Identification and Control Methods Walk

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: 493 West Road in Sandgate, VT 05250 | map
Limit: 50

Join Soil Conservationist Olivia Carlson of U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Habitat Biologist Travis Hart of Vermont Fish and Wildlife to walk through untreated and treated areas of invasive plants to identify these invaders and discuss control methods.

Please dress for the weather and wear suitable footwear. We encourage you to bring water, a journal for notes, as well as an eagerness to learn about how to control invasive plants on your property.

Read more about the event here.

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September 24, 2022 - 10:00 AM - September 24, 2022 - 12:00 PM

Game Species Habitat Improvement Demonstration Tour

Join staff from VT Fish & Wildlife and National Wild Turkey Federation on a tour to view and discuss various habitat projects implemented to improve habitat for game species like deer, bear, turkey, and other wildlife.

The group will walk through large patch cuts, a prescribed burn area, released apple trees, and other recently completed habitat projects. Please dress for the weather and wear suitable footwear. We encourage you to bring water, a journal for notes, and a desire to learn more about improving habitat for wildlife.

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August 27, 2022 - 12:00 PM - August 27, 2022 - 3:00 PM

Hubbardton Battlefield: History and Habitat

Enjoy a walk with department wildlife biologist Travis Hart and a historian from the Hubbardton Battlefield to discuss the important habitats across this historic WMA as well as the history of the Hubbardton Battlefield itself. Please wear close-toed shoes as there will be some time in the forest. Bug spray and water are recommended. This walk is appropriate for any age.

Date: Saturday, August 6, 2022 
Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Hubbardton WMA, Monument Hill Rd, Castleton, VT 05735  | map
Limit: 25

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August 6, 2022 - 9:00 AM - August 6, 2022 - 12:00 PM

Women Owning Woodlands Habitat Walk

Join VT Fish & Wildlife habitat biologists and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for a walk to highlight habitat management opportunities for private landowners. Information on NRCS programs that can help support habitat projects with funding as well as other resources available to Vermont landowners will be offered.

Please dress for the weather and wear suitable footwear. We encourage you to bring water, and a journal for notes. As well as an eagerness to learn about how to control invasive plants in your backyard.

Date: Saturday, July 9, 2022 
Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Barbara Moore's property - 3441 Vermont Route 30, Pawlet VT

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July 9, 2022 - 10:00 AM - July 9, 2022 - 12:00 PM
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