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Going Batty?

Come learn about Vermont’s flying mammals from state wildlife biologist Alyssa Bennett from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Join us for an update on winter and summer population trends, the latest disease and treatment research to combat White-nose Syndrome, and what you can do in your own backyard to help Vermont’s nine bat species.

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2023 | 6 pm - 7 pm
Location: Ferrisburgh Town Offices, 3279 Route 7, Ferrisburgh, VT | map

This free presentation is brought to you by the Ferrisburgh Conservation Commission.

If you have questions please contact Amy Dohner, Ferrisburgh Conservation Commission member at: or 802-434-7245.

March 23, 2023 - 6:00 PM - March 23, 2023 - 7:00 PM

Bats in Vermont

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Weatherfield Center Chruch2656 Weathersfield Center Road, Weathersfield, VT 05151 | map

Alyssa Bennett, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department small mammals biologist will present an illustrated talk on bats in Vermont. All ages welcome. There will be door prizes of bat house kits for a lucky five attendees, perfect for putting together with your children over the winter.

This event is free and is sponsored by the Weathersfield Conservation Commission. Park in the field across the road from the meetinghouse, which is located at 2579 Weathersfield Center Rd.

October 23, 2021 - 6:00 AM - October 23, 2021 - 8:00 AM

Vermont's Halloween Heroes- Bats!

Learn About Vermont’s Halloween Heroes for Bat Week!

Join wildlife biologist Alyssa Bennett from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department as she takes us into the fascinating world of Vermont’s only night-flying mammals. You will learn about the habitat needs, benefits of, and threats to our nine species of bats. Find out how you can create bat habitat in your own back yard and help us monitor the populations of bats that sometimes call our homes their own.

Location: Intervale Center, Burlington, VT 05401

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October 28, 2021 - 1:00 PM - October 28, 2021 - 2:30 PM

Andrews Community Forest: Wildlife Ecology and Forest Management

Join Ethan Tapper, Chittenden County Forester, and Andrea Shortsleeve, Wildlife Biologist for Vermont Fish and Wildlife, at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, September 15 for a virtual presentation on Vermont’s wildlife, wildlife ecology and forest management focusing on the Andrews Community Forest, a public, conserved property owned by the Town of Richmond.

This event is co-sponsored by Vermont Coverts and the Richmond Free Library and will explain how an upcoming forest management project on this property is expected to influence wildlife habitat and behavior.

Bring your wildlife, habitat management and forestry questions, both general and specific to the Andrews Community Forest, for a Q & A session after the presentation.

This event is one of a series of virtual events and learning opportunities designed to help the public engage and learn about this work in the midst of the pandemic.  You can learn more about these learning opportunities by emailing Ethan at, signing up for his mailing list, or staying tuned to the Andrews Community Forest playlist on the Chittenden County Forester YouTube Channel.

The Andrews Community Forest is a 428-acre conserved property owned and managed by the Town of Richmond since 2018.  The Forest Management Plan for the property can be read here:…

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September 15, 2020 - 3:00 PM - September 15, 2020 - 4:30 PM

Wetland, Woodland, Wildland—an exploration of Vermont’s natural communities

Date: Wednesday, April 29
Time: 2:00 - 3:00  PM

cover of Wetland, Woodland, WildlandAuthors Liz Thompson, Eric Sorenson, and Bob Zaino will present a slideshow about Vermont's fascinating natural communities in celebration of the new edition of their book, Wetland, Woodland, Wildland: A Guide to the Natural Communities of Vermont. Using photos and personal stories of their favorite natural communities, the authors will explain how this book expands on the first edition, and how natural communities help us understand and conserve nature.

Liz Thompson is Director of Conservation Science at Vermont Land Trust; Eric Sorenson is Natural Community Ecologist and Bob Zaino is State Lands Ecologist at the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. The book is co-published by Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Vermont Land Trust, and The Nature Conservancy. Copies can be purchased from local bookstores or ordered from Chelsea Green Publishing. 

Please register in advance for this meeting:

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

April 29, 2020 - 10:00 AM - April 29, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Black Bears in Vermont Webinar

Date: Wednesday, April 22
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Come learn about Vermont’s black bears with Vermont Fish and Wildlife biologist, Jaclyn Comeau.  Learn about black bear biology, their behaviors and common situations that lead to conflicts between people and bears. Jaclyn will provide practical steps we can all take to prevent these conflicts and keep Vermont a great place for bears to live. Please register in advance for this webinar.

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April 22, 2020 - 10:00 AM - April 22, 2020 - 11:00 AM

TNC Nature Uninterrupted Webinar Series: "Spring Wildflowers"

Presented by:

Gus Goodwin, TNC VT Senior Conservation Planner

Jon Binhammer, TNC VT Director of Protection

Thursday, April 16th, 2020 from 1pm-2pm 

Join TNC VT staff for a 1-hour webinar where we'll explore Vermont’s spring flora. 

Ah, Spring!  Full of woodland flowers; how does one know where Trilliums grow?  Why are my woods full (or empty) of spring flowers?  Why are they called “Spring Ephemerals”?  What can I do to promote more spring flowers in my woods? We’ll look at some very pretty photos, while talking about the ecology, distribution, and future for these gems of our forest floor.

We're looking forward to bringing nature to your doorstep. The presentation will be followed by Q&A with attendees. Please join us! 

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April 16, 2020 - 9:00 AM - April 16, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Backyard Wildlife Habitat Management

While we're safe at home, learn about the wildlife living around you! Join Vermont Coverts: Woodlands for Wildlife and Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife for a virtual discussion and Q&A about backyard wildlife and management with wildlife biologists Andrea Shortsleeve and Travis Hart. After a short presentation, Andrea and Travis will answer your questions about the Vermont wildlife you will often see in your backyard, how to enhance habitat features around your home, and other questions that come up in ZOOM video/audio conferencing format. It should be fun!

Please note the meeting is limited to 100 guests. Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

April 15, 2020 - 6:00 AM - April 15, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Black Bears in Vermont - CANCELED

Date: April 16, 2020; 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Location: Ferrisburgh Town Hall, 3279 Route 7, Ferrisburgh, VT | map

Forrest Hammond , Black Bear Project Leader and Wildlife Biologist with the
Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife will give a presentation
on black bears in Vermont, including information on: How is the black bear population
doing? How are they being impacted by climate change? How do we best protect
their habitat and co-exist with bears?

This FREE Presentation is sponsored by Ferrisburgh Conservation Commission.

April 16, 2020 - 2:30 PM - April 16, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Presentation on Using Bear Hounds and Ways to Reduce Bear-Human Conflicts

Vermont Bear Hound Association President Butch Spear and Vermont Bear Biologist Forrest Hammond will speak about the legal, regulated hunting of bears with hounds in Vermont and the challenges of co-existing with bears in Bradford on Saturday, February 22.

The free presentation will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Bradford Academy, 172 North Main Street, Bradford, VT 05033. 

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February 22, 2020 - 9:00 AM - February 22, 2020 - 12:00 PM
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