The department is hosting a series of FREE guided wildlife walks on select state wildlife management areas (WMAs) and elsewhere around Vermont. The walks are led by biologists and naturalists with decades of experience conserving Vermont’s wildlife and their habitats.
You're encouraged to bring snacks and water, and dress in footwear and clothing appropriate for walking slowly in the woods.
Space is limited and these events fill up quickly, so signup early!
Wildlife Viewing Tour
Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 (Backup date: Saturday, February 15)
Time:10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: Victory Basin Wildlife Management Area, Victory, Vermont.
Join St. Johnsbury biologists Doug Morin and Paul Hamelin for a wildlife-based exploration of a truly unique part of Vermont. Victory Basin is a vast lowland boreal forest that is common in northern Canada but rare here in Vermont, allowing visitors to feel like they’ve stepped into another world. There is a possibility of spotting boreal wildlife such as a snowshoe hare, Canada jays, and maybe even an American marten.
Participants must bring their own snowshoes and come prepared with what they need to remain comfortable during a two-hour walk outside with frequent stops—especially winter layers, food, and water. Binoculars and any favorite field guides are optional.
Doug Morin is the manager of Victory Basin Wildlife Management Area (WMA), and is the Bird Project Leader for Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Paul Hamelin is a veteran wildlife biologist who manages wildlife habitat on northeast VT WMAs and private lands statewide.
Animals in Winter
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: Maclure Library, Pittsford, Vermont | map
Ali Thomas, education manager for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, will host this kid-friendly event starting at the library. The first hour will feature information on wildlife winter survival strategies. The second hour will be an outdoor adventure to the Pittsford Village Farm to see what signs of animal winter adaptations can be found. An experienced naturalist and tracker who has worked on conservation education projects throughout the country, Thomas studied under renowned wildlife tracker James Halfpenny.
Snowshoes will be available at the library. Be sure to dress for the weather. For more information contact - email@example.com | 802-483-2972
Tracking Wildlife in Winter
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m..
Location: Westshire Elementary School, 744 VT-113, West Fairlee, VT 05083 | map
Ali Thomas, education manager for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, will be leading the walk. The first hour will feature information on learning how to begin tracking wildlife. The second hour will be an outdoor adventure hike to see what signs of wildlife can be found. An experienced naturalist and tracker who has worked on conservation education projects throughout the country, Thomas studied under renowned wildlife tracker James Halfpenny.
According to Thomas, tracking wildlife is a great way to connect with nature and the outdoors and getting started requires no experience or equipment.