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Using BioFinder: Mapping Your Community’s Conservation Resources

Discover the places in your community that contribute most to biological diversity! In this free workshop, participants will learn to use BioFinder, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources’ online biodiversity mapping tool.  BioFinder highlights the places in Vermont most important for maintaining biodiversity, even as the climate changes.  Maps include Vermont’s connected forests and water networks, locations of significant ecological resources, and other information that is often used for conservation planning or management. You can also upload your own data, create maps, and see how your favorite places fit into the larger ecological context.  Find the website at BioFinder.vermont.gov. Everyone is welcome, but since space is limited, pre-registration is required. Organized by the Vermont Master Naturalists of Richmond.

March 20, 6:00-8:00pm

Camel’s Hump Middle School

173 School Street, Richmond

Please email Monica.przyperhart@vermont.gov to sign up or learn more.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Vermont’s Wildlife in a Changing Climate Presentation on March 7 in Underhill

Vermonters of all ages are invited to attend a presentation about Vermont’s wildlife in a changing climate on Thursday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m.  The presentation will be given at the Underhill Town Hall and is sponsored by the Underhill Conservation Commission. 

Tom Rogers will be presenting at the event.  Rogers is a biologist who has worked on a variety of conservation projects, researching zebras in Kenya, golden-winged warblers in New York, sage grouse and bald eagles in Wyoming, and grizzly bears in Montana.  Tom currently works in outreach for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, connecting the public with fish and wildlife through writing, speaking, and photography. 

Through colorful photos and captivating stories, the audience will come away with a new understanding of how climate change is affecting wildlife.  Rogers will talk about what people can do to help conserve biodiversity in Vermont in the face of these new threats.

“From warmer, wetter winters to increasingly severe storms, wildlife faces a variety of challenges from a changing climate,” said Rogers.  “We’ll discuss how different species might continue to respond to many of these challenges and what conservationists are doing to address them.”

The talk is free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Public Meeting on Chronic Wasting Disease in Newport, February 12

NEWPORT, Vt. – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and local fish and game clubs are sponsoring public informational meetings on Chronic Wasting Disease, which the department says poses a serious threat to Vermont’s deer herd.   

A meeting will be held on February 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Country Career Center, 209 Veterans Ave, Newport, VT  05855. It is hosted by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Conservation Group with light refreshments provided free. This meeting was previously scheduled in January but was postponed due to poor road conditions. 

Chronic Wasting Disease infects white-tailed deer, moose and other members of the deer family and has been spreading across the United States and, more recently, has been documented in Quebec.

Wildlife veterinarian Dr. Walter Cottrell will speak about the disease, how it is spread, its effects on deer populations, and efforts needed to keep the disease from entering Vermont.  Dr. Cottrell will describe how the disease has impacted deer, elk and moose in North America, as well his first-hand experiences with the disease when he was a wildlife veterinarian for the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

“Chronic Wasting Disease is the most serious threat to Vermont’s wild deer herd and our state’s tradition of deer hunting,” said Nick Fortin, Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s deer biologist.  “We are proudly partnering with local fish and game clubs to inform Vermonters about what is at stake with this disease and what is being done to prevent it.”

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Public Meetings on Chronic Wasting Disease, Barre VT

Wildlife veterinarian Dr. Walter Cottrell will speak about the disease, how it is spread, its effects on deer populations, and efforts needed to keep the disease from entering Vermont.  Dr. Cottrell will describe how the disease has impacted deer, elk and moose in North America, as well his first-hand experiences with the disease when he was a wildlife veterinarian for the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

The meeting starts at 6:30 pm at the Barre Fish and Game Club, Gun Club Rd, Barre, VT 05641.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Vermont’s Wildlife in a Changing Climate Presentation

Vermonters of all ages are invited to attend a presentation about Vermont’s wildlife in a changing climate on Thursday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m.  The presentation will be given at the Green Mountain Club Visitors Center located at 4711 Waterbury-Stowe Road (Route 100) in Waterbury Center.  The talk is part of the Shutesville Wildlife Series and is co-sponsored by the Stowe Land Trust, Waterbury Conservation Commission, Stowe Conservation Commission, and the Green Mountain Club.

 

The talk is free and open to the public, though people are encouraged to register at www.stowelandtrust.org/events/detail/news/vermonts-wildlife-in-a-changing-climate/

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 7:00pm

Threatened and Endangered Plants Talk, Science Speaker Series

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Fish & Wildlife botanist Bob Popp will talk Nov. 7 as part of the 24th annual Current Topics in Science Speaker Series at Northern Vermont University-Johnson.

All the talks in the series, free for the public, are 4-5:15 p.m. in Room 207 at Bentley Hall. The series is coordinated by NVU-Johnson’s Environmental and Health Sciences Department.

Popp, in the agency’s Fish and Wildlife Department, will discuss rare, threatened and endangered plants in Vermont and related management issues.

For more information about the Science Spearker Series please contact:

Penny Percival, Executive Assistant

VT Agency of Natural Resources

1 National Life Dr, Davis 2

Montpelier, VT  05620-3901

(802) 828-1294

penny.percival@vermont.gov

 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Batten Kill Trout Management Plan Presentation

Speaker: Lee Simard, Fisheries Biologist for VT Fish & Wildlife

Location: Upstairs at the Arlington Town Hall, Route 7A, Arlington VT

Date: November 15, 2018

Start and End Time: 7:00 PM-8:00 PM

Hosted by: The Batten Kill Watershed Alliance

Description:

The Batten Kill is one of Vermont’s pre-eminent wild trout streams and the status of its brown and brook trout populations have been closely monitored since the early 1980s.  A near collapse of the brown trout population in the Batten Kill in the 1990s prompted a set of studies which indicated a lack of instream cover was leading to low survival of midsize trout and likely contributed to the population decline.  A Batten Kill trout management plan was developed in 2006 incorporating findings from these studies and past sampling results to outline a series of actions designed to improve and sustain wild trout populations within the Batten Kill and its tributaries.  This presentation will provide an overview of the Batten Kill fishery and then will examine the Batten Kill trout management plan, how the plan has been implemented since its development, and what the next management steps are for the watershed.

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

100th Anniversary of Migratory Bird Treaty Act- You will be hearing a lot about the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) in 2018, because it marks the 100th anniversary of its passage in 1918. It is estimated that the act has saved the lives of millions of birds. Click here to read more about the Migratory Bird Treaty Act...

Location: Sandbar strip, Milton, VT 05468 across Rt 2 from the Sandbar State Park at 1 PM.

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Managing Woodlots for Wildlife Presentation

Landowners interested in managing their woodlots to improve wildlife habitat are invited to attend a free, two-hour workshop on Wednesday, September 26 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The presentation will be held at the Wardsboro Town Hall at 71 Main Street in Wardsboro, Vermont.

 

Presenters will discuss various goals landowners may have for their woodlot, such as improving wildlife habitat, timber quality, or aesthetic value. They will outline various strategies for managing woodlots and talk about the programs for assistance that are available to landowners. 

 

Partners and topics include forest management planning practices and considerations with Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation; managing for wildlife habitat and farm bill programs with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department; woods, wildlife, and warblers with Audubon Vermont; habitat for pollinators with Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department; and invasive species management with Land Stewardship, Inc. 

 

“There are a few simple things that landowners can do to improve wildlife habitat on their woodlot while still maintaining high-quality timber harvest opportunities and keeping the aesthetic beauty,” said Andrea Shortsleeve, habitat biologist for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. “We’ll give landowners ideas on what they can do themselves, as well as discussing opportunities for financing and technical assistance from state and federal programs.” 

 

The workshop is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation and the U.S. Forest Service. For more information, contact Matt DiBona at 302-943-3239 or

mdibona@nwtf.net

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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