Conservation

Trout in the Classroom

kid sampling stream

Trout in the Classroom (TIC) program brings the science of Vermont's aquatic ecosystems into schools across the state.

Through the TIC program, students raise brook trout at their school, monitoring and supporting all stages of their development, before releasing them into a local stream. Students learn about early trout development and anatomy, habitat, water chemistry, life cycles and food.

Bird Survey Results

Ongoing monitoring of nesting success helps determine trends or fluctuations in numbers and offers a better understanding of what management and conservation efforts are needed. Below are the survey results of several bird species the department is currently monitoring.

Turtle Project Results

Monitoring turtle distribution and nesting success helps determine trends and improves management and conservation efforts. Below are summaries for two turtle species the department is currently monitoring.

Conservation Education

The department offers a variety of educational resources for children, formal and non-formal educators, and the general public.

Let's Go Fishing Program

Let's Go Fishing Fun
The Let’s Go Fishing Program is a network of volunteer instructors who encourage and teach youth and adults how to fish. 

Let’s Go Fishing emphasizes that fishing is more than catching fish by:

  • educating participants about water ecology and fishing

Project Wild

Project Wild

Project WILD is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students. Its focus is wildlife education.

Plant Inventory

wild orchid

Vermont is home to over 2,800 plant species. Most of these are flowering plants, but this also includes conifers, ferns, grapeferns, clubmosses, horsetails, quillworts, spikemosses, and bryophytes—mosses, liverworts, and hornworts.

Zebra Mussels

Zebra Mussels

Zebra mussels are typically found in infested lakes and rivers attached to hard surfaces including rocks, other mussels, plant stems, docks, boats, and pipes. In Vermont, they have become established in Lake Champlain and Lake Bomoseen.

Spiny Waterflea

Spiny Waterflea

Spiny waterfleas (Bythotrephes longimanus) are typically found in areas of deep, cold, open water. In Vermont, spiny waterfleas are currently found in Lake Champlain.

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Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Louis Porter

1 National Life Drive
Fish & Wildlife LogoDewey Building
Montpelier, VT 05620-3208
802-828-1000
fwinformation@vermont.gov

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