Last October, a young student in one of my nature journaling workshops pointed out a fuzzy yellow caterpillar with long black tufts. “Those kind sting!” he declared. He was the third student that month to point out the same kind of caterpilla…

Arguably the most beautiful time of the year has arrived in Vermont, full of colorful leaves and serene scenes. What are you seeing on your daily walks, commutes and adventures? Share your photos with jessie@shelburnenews.com for a chance to …

New England is home to dozens of species of mammals, hundreds of varieties of birds, and tens of thousands of different insects, but only one lizard: the five-lined skink. Though I am fond of reptiles and often seek them out, I have never see…

Sitting in a grassy field at Townshend State Park on a late summer day, I watched dozens of dragonflies roaming the sky. Their slender bodies drifted in and out of view as they rode the air currents. I thought of the cool autumn days to come …

The hills are alive with the colors of autumn, although long-time leaf peepers will tell you that the leaves have passed their peak.

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Plenty of backyard birdwatchers consider blue jays (Cyanocitta cristata) the villains of the avian world. Mark Twain best summarized anti-blue jay sentiment when he compared the bird’s principles to that of an ex-congressman. In Native Americ…

It’s that time of year when Leaf People mysteriously begin to pop up around the town of Shelburne. All indications seem to be that the creative cornstalk creations are inspired by the changing of the leaves, apparently attracted by the bright…

The September before my daughter was born, my husband and I went for our last pre-baby hike around Camel’s Hump. We stopped for a snack on the ridgeline, and as we sat munching granola bars we were surprised to see a monarch butterfly flap pa…

Some of my favorite children’s books describe life cycles as heroic tales of persistence and redemption. From “The Ugly Duckling” to “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” to “A Seed is Sleeping,” these stories have brought the miracles of growth and …

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The Shelburne Volunteer Fire Department helped out the U.S. Coast Guard this weekend, keeping tabs on a Lake Champlain Sailing Center benefit concert. Lee Krohn grabbed this shot while out at the lake.

Someone seems happy, spending time on Lake Champlain last weekend.

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A recent incident involving bears in Wilmington should bring to the attention of those who rent out or manage property rentals in bear country that it is important to provide information about bears to renters so they can take the necessary m…

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One summer day I lifted the black plastic top of our composter and jumped back, startled – a large snake was curled up on top of the compost. The yellow stripe down the center of its dark back and two yellow stripes along its sides identified…

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This year, the Royal Savage Yacht Club’s signature sailboat racing event, the Diamond Island Regatta, looked a bit different due to COVID-19, but then sailors seem to find ways to adjust to winds of change.

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