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Deer in Your Woods

Join VT Coverts over lunch as we host VT Fish and Wildlife Biologist Nick Fortin to discuss Vermont’s deer herd.  Nick is the project leader for both the deer and moose projects. He will address where the deer population stands, concerns about over browsing and habitat improvements.  Register in advance for this meeting by clicking below.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Starting Your Town Conservation Fund- Webinar

Did you know that towns can establish dedicated funds to pay for conservation? Join Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department's Community Wildlife Program to learn about what it takes to start a Conservation Fund, where the money come from, and what to do with yours. We'll share useful tips, inspiring project stories from other towns, and help launch you towards realizing your town's conservation aspirations. This webinar is intended for Vermonters serving on town boards and municipal staff, and is hosted in partnership with the Vermont Association of Conservation Commissions (AVCC).

Presenters: 
Jens Hilke, Conservation Planner, VT Fish and Wildlife Department 
Andy Wood, Conservation Planner, VT Fish and Wildlife Department 

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Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Starting a Conservation Commission- Webinar

A Conservation Commission is part of municipal government that has a wide purview to engage in all manner of inventory and education related to natural and cultural resources. More than half of Vermont towns already have a Conservation Commission and the activities that Conservation Commissions are engaged in range from land management of town owned forests to land use planning and even development review. Each commission looks a little different and can be incredibly helpful asset to your town! This webinar is hosted in partnership with the Vermont Association of Conservation Commissions (AVCC).

Presenters:
Jens Hilke, Conservation Planner, VT Fish and Wildlife Department 
Andy Wood, Conservation Planner, VT Fish and Wildlife Department 

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Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Starting a Conservation Commission- Webinar

A Conservation Commission is part of municipal government that has a wide purview to engage in all manner of inventory and education related to natural and cultural resources. More than half of Vermont towns already have a Conservation Commission and the activities that Conservation Commissions are engaged in range from land management of town owned forests to land use planning and even development review. Each commission looks a little different and can be incredibly helpful asset to your town! This webinar is hosted in partnership with the Vermont Association of Conservation Commissions (AVCC).

Presenters:
Jens Hilke, Conservation Planner, VT Fish and Wildlife Department 
Andy Wood, Conservation Planner, VT Fish and Wildlife Department 

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Updating Your Town Plan for Forest Integrity (Act 171)

Since January 1, 2018, towns and Regional Planning Commissions are required to identify forest blocks and habitat connectors, as well as plan for development in those places in ways that minimize forest fragmentation. This requirement asks towns to look at the larger patterns of forests and dive into the science of what is known about connectivity in their region at multiple scales. Some of the data involved is immediately actionable, but some of the models warrant caution and additional research. Tune in to hear how Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department's Community Wildlife Program can help your town interpret available data and translate it into actionable planning and policy.  

Presenters: 
Jens Hilke, Conservation Planner, VT Fish and Wildlife Department 
Andy Wood, Conservation Planner, VT Fish and Wildlife Department 

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Wildlife Trivia-Facebook Live

Our Wildlife Trivia series on Facebook Live is meant to introduce people to the fish, wildlife, plants, and habitats of Vermont that we work to protect and conserve for their enjoyment. There is no registration required and no additional software to install – simply visit our facebook page for the scheduled session, bring your family and get ready for some wildlife fun!

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

From Pond to Plate

The Castleton Free Library invites you to a Virtual Program hosted by local angler, Joe Mark and VT Fish & Wildlife Fisheries Biologist, Shawn Good.

We are fortunate to live in a state full of bountiful lakes, ponds, and streams. In a collaborative program, fisheries biologist Shawn Good and local resident and angler Joe Mark will discuss where and how to catch fish in the greater Castleton area. They’ll talk about the region’s bodies of water, the fish species that they hold, and techniques and equipment used to catch them. The program will conclude with an opportunity for questions from attendees.

Please call 802-468-5574 or visit their website https://castletonfreelibrary.org/ for the zoom link.

 

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Wildlife on the Move: Protecting Landscape Connections in Vermont

Vermont is very important to animals such as bear, moose and bobcat. These animals need large, undeveloped areas to survive. Vermont’s forests and mountains link wildlife habitat between New York, New England, and Canada.

Climate change, invasive species, roads, and development are all threats. Many people are working hard to protect wildlife corridors—or undeveloped, natural landscapes—so these animals can survive, and thrive.

Join us as we explore these corridors and the threats facing animals. We’ll take a closer look at the Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor in Waterbury and Stowe. Hundreds of acres have been conserved there in the last two years.

This free webinar is perfect for those interested in learning more about wildlife and conservation.

Presenters: Kim Royar, biologist for VT Fish and Wildlife Department and Furbearer Project Leader Bob Heiser, regional director at the Vermont Land Trust

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Bats in Your Woods not Your Belfry

Ever wondered where bats go during the day or in the winter? Vermont has nine species of bats that may be roosting under tree bark, in tree cavities, in rocky outcroppings or talus slopes, in caves and abandoned mines, inside barns and attics, and hopefully in your bat house. Join VT Coverts as we host VT Fish and Wildlife Biologist Alyssa Bennett to learn a little background on Vermont’s bats, with an emphasis on the five threatened and endangered species.  Find out how you can manage your woodland to enhance the habitat for bats. You can help support these insect-eaters day and night by creating snags, protecting water quality, maintaining foraging corridors, and even properly siting a bat house. Register in advance for this meeting.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  This is Bat Week!  If you want to look for other ways to celebrate these marvelous mammals go to Batweek.org.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Webinar: Seeing Beyond Boundaries: Understanding Your Land At Different Scales

In this webinar, we’ll help landowners see their parcel at different scales. We’ll begin on the ground, talking with landowners about their stories of the land, then we’ll zoom out to use BioFinder to see the ecological context in which the parcel sits, looking at how that can provide additional information for land management.
Presenters: Andrea Shortsleeve, Jens Hilke, & Andy Wood 

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

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The mission of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is the conservation of all species of fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the people of Vermont.