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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.

Opening day was May 10 at the Waterbury Stowe Fish and Game Club, 5365 Waterbury Stowe Road, Waterbury.

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.

This May, while we thank the human moms around us, I’ve been thinking about the many dedicated moms in nature, too.

Anyone who has shared a home with a dog or a cat has learned something about the silent language of tails.

The Hunger Mountain Headwaters — 1,877 acres in Stowe, Middlesex and Worcester — have been permanently protected in a joint effort by the Trust for Public Land, Stowe Land Trust and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation.

As spring continues to … spring, so too do the thousands of frogs and salamanders leaving their winter hideaways for more seasonally appropriate ponds, wetlands and vernal pools to breed.

One spring-like afternoon this winter, I was skiing near Middlebury. The trail followed Otter Creek, weaving through cedar patches, hemlock groves, and past the occasional hardwood.

Green Up Vermont announced last week their plan to postpone Green Up Day from May 2 to May 30 to ensure the health and wellbeing of those involved.

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