Guided Walk

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

Botanical Outing to Lake Willoughby Cliffs

Date: Saturday June 8 (June 9 rain date) 
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Westmore
Difficulty: moderate/challenging

Explore Cold Calcareous Cliff and Rich Northern Hardwood plant rarities with Matt Peters, VFWD ecologist. Space is limited, and participants need to RSVP to Hardy Plant Club of Northern Vermont and pay a small membership fee to attend.

See Hardy Plant Club of Northern Vermont website for details.

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Vermont Botanical and Bird Club Annual Meeting with Everett Marshall, VFWD scientist, and Matt Peters, VFWD ecologist

Date: May 30 - June 2
Location: Pine Valley/Quechee KOA
Difficulty: easy/moderate

All day field trips on Friday and Saturday to natural areas in vicinity of Quechee and Woodstock, plus evening programs Thursday and Friday. Matt Peters, VFWD Ecologist gives the Friday night talk on Uapishka, the largest alpine area in northeastern North America, in north central Quebec. 

See Vermont Botanical and Bird Club website for details.

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 9:00am to Sunday, June 2, 2019 - 6:00pm

Spring Wildflower Walk

Date: Thursday, May 9. 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Location: Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area, Addison, Vermont

Vermont Fish & Wildlife botanist Bob Popp will lead the group looking for spring wildflowers.  Dead Creek includes one of the largest remaining Clayplain Forests in the state, with many unique plant species found here as a result.  The group meet at the visitor center and go on an easy walk looking for flowers and other unique plants. 

The guided walk is free, and participants are encouraged to bring snacks and water and to dress in footwear and clothing appropriate for the weather and season. Space is limited and these events fill up quickly, so sign up as early as possible.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Look for Boreal Birds at Moose Bog

Date: Wednesday, May 8. (Backup date, Thursday, May 9)
Morning trip: 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Afternoon trip: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Wenlock Wildlife Management Area, Ferdinand, Vermont

Join Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s Doug Morin to explore the Northeast Kingdom’s boreal birding hotspot! The group will search for rare resident birds including spruce grouse, gray jay, black-backed woodpecker, and boreal chickadee.

Participants should be comfortable walking up to 3 miles, on- and off-trail, at a slow pace. Binoculars, sturdy footwear, and bug protection are highly recommended. Spotting scopes and field guides are optional. 

The guided walk is free and participants are encouraged to bring snacks and water and to dress in footwear and clothing appropriate for the weather and season. Space is limited and these events fill up quickly, so sign up as early as possible.

Morning walk registration

afternoon walk registration


Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 7:30am to 2:00pm

Spring Steelhead Run up Willoughby Falls

Date: Saturday, May 4, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Willoughby Falls Wildlife Management Area, Orleans, Vermont

Fisheries biologist Pete Emerson will be available at the Willoughby Falls in Orleans to observe the steelhead rainbow trout spawning migration and to answer questions from the public about the fish, the river, and the state-owned lands that border the river much of the way to Lake Memphremagog. 

No need to sign up – just show up!  

Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm


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