Guided Walk

Alder Habitat Management Tour- Wolcott VT

Join Vermont Fish & Wildlife biologists and habitat managers to tour an alder habitat management site. This habitat management area focusing on woodcock habitat was started in the early 2000s and was recently restarted this winter. Topics discussed will include alder habitat and regeneration techniques, woodcock life history and habitat preference, historic land use, forest succession, and general birding of a unique habitat type.

This event is suitable for children as young as 8 years of age. Waterproof boots are recommended and be prepared for a little non-strenuous hiking.

Meet at East Hill WMA Parking lot on Marsh Road. Please carpool if possible.

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Saturday, April 30, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Warbler walk- Dead Creek WMA

Join warbler enthusiasts Mike Winslow from Otter Creek Audubon and VT Fish and Wildlife biologist Noel Dodge and specialist Toni Mikula on a warbler walk around the Dead Creek WMA. With most warblers arriving with the Spring weather in May, this is the perfect time to search for, learn about, and spy some recent arrivals! We will meet at the West Branch parking lot and walk for about an hour and a half. We will provide a spotting scope, but bring your own binoculars if you have them, and be prepared to walk off trail through forest and field and be aware of ticks. The rain date for this event is May 21.

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Saturday, May 14, 2022 - 7:30am to 9:00am

Night Sky Science and Observation- Dead Creek WMA

Join the team from the VT Astronomical Society and Fish and Wildlife biometrician Katy Gieder to observe and learn about the objects in the night sky, and its importance to the ecosystems around us. The first quarter moon in May brings excellent night sky viewing; as you look through telescopes you will also learn about the importance of dark skies to local wildlife populations. Be prepared for the cold and dark, and bring red light headlamps and flashlights if you are able. Our sky science discussion will be in the beginning of the night; feel free to come and go freely after that concludes. This event has multiple rain dates (May 12th, 14th, 20th or 21st) since a clear sky is imperative-we will notify you close to the date if we need to use them.

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Friday, May 13, 2022 - 8:30pm to 10:00pm

Introduction to Intervale WMA- Colchester VT

Join biologist Toni Mikula for a tour of one of the department’s newest additions at Intervale WMA in Colchester. You will tour the property, look at wildlife, and learn about how the department is turning this former dairy farm back into floodplain forest to benefit wildlife and people.

Please wear shoes appropriate for mud and be prepared for bugs and poison ivy. The trip is suitable for any age. 

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2022 (rain or shine)  
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Location: Intervale WMA, Intersection of Shipman's Land and Pine Island Road, Colchester, VT | map
Limit: 25

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Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Turner Hill WMA Wildlife Walk- Grafton VT

The North American Beaver is an incredible keystone species that benefits entire ecological communities across the continent and right here in our own backyards. These charismatic rodents that nearly disappeared from the Vermont landscape, continue to play a pivotal role in Vermont’s ecological communities. Join Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s Tyler Brown (Wildlife Specialist) and Chris Bernier (Wildlife Biologist) for an afternoon exploring a local and unique beaver flowage in the beautiful Turner Hill Wildlife Management Area.

Registration required. This event will happen rain or shine.

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Saturday, May 7, 2022 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Invasive Plant Identification & Control Methods Walk- Sandgate VT - CANCELED

THIS WALK HAS BEEN CANCELED

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. 

Where: Sandgate VT, registration is required. Please dress for the weather and wear suitable footwear. 

RSVP: by May 18th either by calling 802-775-8034 or by registering online.

Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Wildlife Tracking- CANCELED

Join the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department at the Intervale Center for a wildlife tracking presentation and walk around the beautiful Intervale winter woods.  Wildlife Tracking is an especially exciting activity during the winter with fresh fallen snow to help you unravel the stories of wildlife in the forests and fields. 

The event begins at the Barn near the Intervale Center where Fish & Wildlife staff will discuss the fundamentals of tracking, and then we’ll venture out on the trails to see signs of wildlife.

Please email Alison.Thomas@vermont.gov 802-371-9975 to register.

Saturday, February 26, 2022 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

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

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