Last June my wife Marie and I encountered a mature wood turtle while walking through a forest near our home. We admired the intricate topography of its shell, inspiration for this species’ scientific name: Glyptemys (“carved turtle”) insculpta (“sculpted”). The 9-inch adult had brownish-blac…

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Mornings are quiet now. Gone is the loud chorus of bird song outside my window that I awoke to in spring and summer. While we brave the cold, snow and bitter winds of winter by donning extra layers or throwing another log on the fire, most of our summer birds have departed for the warmer tem…

If you are out walking on an early winter morning, you might be lucky enough to see some of nature’s most beautiful and ephemeral sights: hair ice and frost flowers, both snow-white and delicate against the dull forest floor.

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In this world there are many beautiful things and many, well, special things. Every year my family likes to visit places in other states or countries. But this year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we can’t travel.

As winter settles in, people watching their birdfeeders hope to catch a glimpse of something out of the ordinary – perhaps a visitor from the Far North. Nothing satisfies this desire like the bubbly and charismatic common redpoll. A member of the finch family, this small songbird is similar …

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Snowy owls in Morristown and Shelburne have humans turning their heads. The normally nocturnal birds are having their time in the limelight, especially the one in Shelburne, which has become something of a social media celebrity.

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Author David Goodman literally wrote the book on backcountry skiing in this area 30 years ago, and fortuitously found himself updating it just in time for a winter season that will likely see record numbers of skiers eschewing resorts and heading for the woods.

One night just before Christmas last year, my youngest daughter and I opted to walk the short distance home from dinner at my parents’ house, rather than drive with the rest of the family.

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With additional snow expected in the coming weeks, the U.S. Forest Service is encouraging all riders to put safety first by practicing safe snowmobile practices and observing COVID-19 precautions.

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Zac Cota of the North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier and Sawyer Beck of Hyde Park watch a snowy owl that’s been hanging around the Ryder Brook Golf Course in Morristown, seen here perched on a utility pole and in flight.

On a hike up the Stowe Pinnacle this fall, I was blown away by the number and variety of people I met on the trail. There were hikers of many different ages, body types, skin colors and fitness levels. I heard multiple languages being spoken. There was no universal hiking attire; some were d…

Each winter, birdwatchers across the Americas don their binoculars to scour their hometowns, documenting and enjoying resident winter birds. This annual tradition, over a century old, has become a powerful tool for understanding the rise and fall of bird populations over time.

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