Despite the state’s planned reopening in July — if not sooner — many expect Vermonters to stick to the outdoors when it comes to summer recreation.

The local baseball team from Peoples Academy and Stowe High School help carry lumber a half-mile through the woods to a bridge site in the Morristown Forest, an increasingly popular destination for Lamoille County residents to hike on newly created trails.

This spring, as you walk outside, keep an ear open for two distinctive bird songs: zee zee zee zee zo zee or zee zee zo zo zee. If you hear them, you’ve identified a black-throated green warbler (Setophaga virens), a bird that is often heard but rarely seen.

One summer, I took a nature drawing class, and we hiked up the Stowe Pinnacle to sketch in the cool, mountain forest. I chose to draw a big yellow birch that had established itself on the steep slope.

On certain afternoons, if I time it just right, I may spot a brown creeper (Certhia americana) on the trunk of a tree in my front yard. Moving stealthily, almost imperceptibly up the tree, the brown creeper hunts for food amongst the bark.

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