The department is hosting a series of FREE guided walks on select state wildlife management areas (WMAs) in northern, central, and southern 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!
Early Morning Bird Walk
Date: Wednesday, September 11 (rain date: September 12)
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Victory Basin Wildlife Management Area, Victory, Vermont | Map
Join Vermont Fish & Wildlife Bird Project Leader Doug Morin and Tom Berriman of NEK Audubon for an early morning walk searching for rare resident birds, migrating birds of all kinds, and anything else of interest we find! Bring binoculars, wear outdoor footwear and be prepared to walk one to three miles on generally flat roads and trails. A bird ID book if you have one, water and a snack are also great items to bring along.
Meeting at Damon’s Crossing, Victory VT. There is no good access directly from the east or west, so it is recommended you use either Route 2 from the south or the Victory/Granby Roads from the north.
Coming from the south, it is 5.4 miles north (on Victory Road, which becomes River Road) from Route 2. Note to stay right on River Road at 3.4 miles (do not turn left on Victory Hill Road). From the north, it is 4.6 miles south (on River Road) from Gallup Mills (the intersection of Victory Rd and Granby Rd).
Look for a Fish & Wildlife truck and/or a smiling Fish & Wildlife employee to greet you at the parking area. Do not stop and wait at an empty parking area!
Halfmoon Cove Natural Community Walk
Date: Tuesday, September 17
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Halfmoon Cove Wildlife Management Area, Colchester, Vermont | Map
The lower Winooski River supports a unique and intriguing ecosystem that includes floodplain forests with their tall arching trees, wet swamps, and flooded marshes. Come learn about these natural communities, and the many plants and animals that inhabit them with State Lands Ecologist Bob Zaino.
This trip will involve a moderate walk on flat ground but requires walking off-trail and across wet ground. Waterproof boots are recommended.
Snake Mountain Fall Hawk Migration
Date: Saturday, September 21 (rain date: September 22)
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Snake Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Addison, Vermont | Map
Join Vermont Fish & Wildlife biologists Doug Morin and Toni Mikula on top of Snake Mountain to look for migrating raptors. Hike at your own pace and plan to take between one to two hours to hike up to the top. Biologists will be set up on the summit from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. with spotting scopes and binoculars and will help you identify raptors aloft in their annual fall movements. Bring your own bird watching equipment or share ours as we spend an enjoyable afternoon looking for birds.
Fall Foliage Wildlife Walk
Date: Saturday, September 21
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Steam Mill Brook Wildlife Management Area, Walden, Vermont | Map (meeting at end of Rock Road in Walden)
Vermont’s lead moose biologist, Cedric Alexander, will lead the group at the vast Steam Mill Brook Wildlife Management Area. The Steam Mill Brook area contains a large expanse of unbroken forests and provides an important corridor for wildlife moving between the Worcester Mountain Range and the Northeast Kingdom. These lands have been managed to create young forest habitat that is critical for many species of wildlife, from chestnut-sided warblers to American woodcock to moose.
Alexander will lead the group through a variety of habitats to look for wildlife and sign, from flowery meadows to wetlands and young forests, talking about the importance of each to snowshoe hare and their predators, grouse, deer, moose, bear, and songbirds.
Botanical Field Trips and Talks - Here's your chance to learn about some of Vermont's extensive variety of plants from the experts.