Each fall, thousands of broad-winged hawks soar across the New England sky in flocks known as kettles on their way to South and Central America. The sky swirls with hawks bubbling up on thermals of hot air and then streaming southward. It is …

The Shelburne Beach, seen here on its opening day June 15, is back for the season. Send your summery photos to jessie@shelburnenews.com.

I grew up on a street lined with tall, stately elms. While walking to school one day, I found a bird’s nest that the wind had blown down. The nest was a beautiful, silky gray pouch. My teacher helped me identify it as a Baltimore oriole’s nest.

Season passes can be bought at the beach using cash or check, or online. Passes are available to Shelburne residents only, and social distancing is expected. No dogs.

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Many of us avoid close encounters of the eight-legged kind. But if you’ve ever come eye-to-eye with a spider, you’ve probably noticed they have several more eyes than we do. Most have four pairs.

I’ve been waiting to catch a glimpse of Condylura cristata, the star-nosed mole, ever since I learned about this animal during a small mammals course in graduate school. Can you imagine a palm-sized mole whose pink, star-shaped nose contains …


While it looks like we won’t be traveling far this summer, Vermont offers myriad ways to celebrate the longest, sunniest days of the year. From trails to fishing, kayaking to horseback riding, parks, waterways and businesses are open for expl…

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Once, when I was little, I was so thrilled to come across a gorgeous, dark red trillium that I picked it and placed it in a vase in the house. I was disappointed when it quickly wilted. And it smelled bad.

As spring arrives, so do… bats? Like many other naturalists, I spend lots of time during this season looking for migrating salamanders and blossoming bloodroot. I’ve never thought much about what bats are doing this time of year.

One of the first spring wildflowers you’ll see – maybe even before the last patches of snow disappear – is the violet. The flower, which blooms from April-June, is widely known and easily identified.

The Shelburne Tree Committee and the Pierson Library have joined forces to create a virtual Arbor Day Celebration, something typically observed the first Friday in May. This effort brings tree-inspired poetry and information about how to plan…

While most things have come to a halt during the COVID-19 pandemic, spring continues to… spring, and planting goes on. The Town of Shelburne Tree Committee and Parks and Recreation planted new trees. Donated by Branch Out Burlington and coord…

Trees flower outside the Shelburne Town Office Wednesday, after a snowy, frosty weekend.

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