Each fall, thousands of broad-winged hawks soar across the New England sky in flocks known as kettles on their way to South and Central America. The sky swirls with hawks bubbling up on thermals of hot air and then streaming southward. It is …

What wildlife have you been spotting lately? Lee Krohn, town manager in Shelburne, snapped this osprey family while out and about. Send us your shots at jessie@shelburnenews.com

I grew up on a street lined with tall, stately elms. While walking to school one day, I found a bird’s nest that the wind had blown down. The nest was a beautiful, silky gray pouch. My teacher helped me identify it as a Baltimore oriole’s nest.

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Many of us avoid close encounters of the eight-legged kind. But if you’ve ever come eye-to-eye with a spider, you’ve probably noticed they have several more eyes than we do. Most have four pairs.

I’ve been waiting to catch a glimpse of Condylura cristata, the star-nosed mole, ever since I learned about this animal during a small mammals course in graduate school. Can you imagine a palm-sized mole whose pink, star-shaped nose contains …


While it looks like we won’t be traveling far this summer, Vermont offers myriad ways to celebrate the longest, sunniest days of the year. From trails to fishing, kayaking to horseback riding, parks, waterways and businesses are open for expl…

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Once, when I was little, I was so thrilled to come across a gorgeous, dark red trillium that I picked it and placed it in a vase in the house. I was disappointed when it quickly wilted. And it smelled bad.

As spring arrives, so do… bats? Like many other naturalists, I spend lots of time during this season looking for migrating salamanders and blossoming bloodroot. I’ve never thought much about what bats are doing this time of year.

One of the first spring wildflowers you’ll see – maybe even before the last patches of snow disappear – is the violet. The flower, which blooms from April-June, is widely known and easily identified.

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This May, while we thank the human moms around us, I’ve been thinking about the many dedicated moms in nature, too.

Anyone who has shared a home with a dog or a cat has learned something about the silent language of tails.

Curious about how scientists study fish populations or climate change? Or how drones are used to map streams and lakes? If so, check out Zoom a Scientist, an interactive, virtual webinar series focused on watershed and aquatic science hosted …

As spring continues to … spring, so too do the thousands of frogs and salamanders leaving their winter hideaways for more seasonally appropriate ponds, wetlands and vernal pools to breed.

One spring-like afternoon this winter, I was skiing near Middlebury. The trail followed Otter Creek, weaving through cedar patches, hemlock groves, and past the occasional hardwood.

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