Here’s a quiz for Harry Potter fans: What kind of owl played Hedwig in the movies? If you guessed a snowy owl, you’re correct. With their bright yellow eyes, bulky-looking bodies and white feathers that cover everything from their beaks to their large feet, these owls strike an impressive pose.

In the spirit of the original Smugglers Notch Primitive Biathlon, Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club, 1158 Garfield Road, Morrisville, will host a primitive biathlon on Saturday, Jan. 29, and Sunday, Jan. 30.

The ski conditions on the Stowe Recreation Path should see a big improvement in the new year thanks to Stowe Nordic’s recent purchase of a groomer.

Most winters, the dark-eyed junco is one of the most common birds at my feeder. While I rarely see juncos in summer, except when hiking in the mountains, small flocks of juncos typically appear soon after I hang my feeder in early December.

Each year, birdwatchers nationwide don snow boots and binoculars to scour their hometowns, documenting and enjoying resident winter birds.

As I write this, Chittenden County is settling into winter, last night’s rain notwithstanding. As December progresses you might start to hear the buzzing of chainsaws and the thrum of skidders in the woods, logs piling up by the side of your road.

Stowe Mountain Resort’s planned six-person lift promises to be much faster than the lift it would replace, but perhaps only slightly faster than the zoning hearing needed to give approval at the local level.

Every year my husband and I cut a Christmas tree on family land. We look for a young balsam fir growing in the power line right-of-way or in a forest clearing.

South Burlingtonians joined Vermonters from across the state in the running of the 45th Green Mountain Athletic Association Turkey Trot 5K food drive on Thanksgiving Day from Gutterson Field House in Burlington.

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