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As I waded in Lake Champlain one summer, a fellow bather explained that just a little farther out, refreshing spring water would cool my feet. I have heard that old wives’ tale repeated at Lake Arrowhead in the Pennsylvania Poconos and in Lough Ree in the Irish midlands.

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It was a big day for our whole family including my little “brother” Simba who was a 4-month puppy. We were climbing Mount Mansfield, the highest mountain in Vermont.

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 and wondered where these dragonflies would go.

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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 American lore, blue jays are portrayed as thieves and tr…

The Canada goose hunting season, to help control Vermont’s resident Canada goose population prior to the arrival of Canada geese migrating south from Canada, started Sept. 1.

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 past, battling the turbulence at this higher elevati…

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State officials want to start a novice turkey-hunting weekend and introduce an electronic reporting system for big game, changes that could help combat a decline in the number of hunters — and in the state’s revenue from hunting licenses — and make reporting game easier during COVID-19.

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 maturation to life for generations of readers.

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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 it as a garter snake, our most common snake, foun…

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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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“This bear cub was dancing on his hind legs recently, trying to get at the beetles in the trap in our front yard in the middle of the morning,” said Heide Horsley, of Stowe, who hurriedly grabbed her iPhone to capture this shot on Aug. 13.

The living light of bioluminescent organisms like fireflies, anglerfish and marine plankton is legendary.

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