As spring warms the water, a turtle, covered by leaves and mud at the bottom of a wetland where she hibernated for the winter, awakens.
If you’ve never seen — or heard of — the southern bog lemming, you’re not alone. Although this small mammal scurries through our landscape year-round, it is elusive by nature.
Bobolinks, Savannah sparrows and eastern meadowlarks enrich our summers with their songs, but some of these species are in decline due to the loss of appropriate grassland habitat.
A population of small whorled pogonia — believed to be extinct in Vermont since 1902 and listed as threatened under the Federal Endangered Species Act — has been documented on Winooski Valley Park District conservation land in Chittenden County.
I have a pre-pandemic memory of a dozen high school students — armed with dipnets and wearing chest waders — emerging from a Saint Michael’s College van.
Members of the Johnson Tree Board were the recipients of the 2022 Vermont Tree Steward Volunteer Group Award that recognized their efforts to care for and maintain public trees throughout their hometown of Johnson.
Vermont’s turtles will be on the move this spring, and state wildlife officials are asking for the public’s help in keeping them safe. Female turtles will be looking for places to deposit eggs, sometimes choosing to lay them along the shoulders of roads, which can bring them into the path of…
It is springtime in Vermont and our forests are beginning to fill with green. While the growing season for trees is just beginning, spring ephemeral wildflowers on the forest floor are nearing the end of their short lives.
“Witchity, witchity, witchity.” I know that common yellowthroats have returned to my neighborhood in spring when I hear that distinctive song.
From early spring through late summer, the air trills and croaks and buzzes and chirps with the sounds of nature’s little loudmouths. Mornings are full of birdsong; evenings are the domain of frogs and crickets.
The Friends of Green River Reservoir and The Nature Conservancy convened a virtual panel last week featuring a roster of experts representing many of the disparate organizations involved in the preservation of the Green River Reservoir — except for the utility that owns the Green River dam.
One cold spring morning, a turkey vulture soared across the sky and landed high in a tree behind my house. I soon noticed another vulture, most likely its mate, in a nearby oak.
Beneath the forest canopy, or overstory, of towering trees is a second layer of vegetation known as the understory. It is composed of shrubs, saplings and understory trees that grow in the dappled shade of the overstory.