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.

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.

Asian Clam

Asian Clam

Asian Clams (Corbicula fluminea) prefer sand or fine gravel substrates in lakes and rivers that contain high levels of oxygen. In Vermont, Asian clams are currently only found in Lake Bomoseen.



In their native range, alewives (Alosa pseudoharengus) are a saltwater fish that swim up freshwater rivers and streams to spawn. Landlocked populations are able to complete their entire life cycle in freshwater and are usually considered invasive. Alewives are found in deep, open waters except during spawning season when they move to shallower waters in bays and tributaries. In Vermont, alewives are established in Lake Champlain and Lake St. Catherine.


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Commissioner Louis Porter

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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.