New England is home to dozens of species of mammals, hundreds of varieties of birds, and tens of thousands of different insects, but only one lizard: the five-lined skink. Though I am fond of reptiles and often seek them out, I have never see…

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 …

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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 Americ…

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 pa…

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 …

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A recent incident involving bears in Wilmington should bring to the attention of those who rent out or manage property rentals in bear country that it is important to provide information about bears to renters so they can take the necessary m…

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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…

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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.

At its July 23 meeting, the Hinesburg Town Forest Committee voted to dedicate both the Hinesburg Town Forest and LaPlatte Headwaters Town Forest exclusively to hunting for specified periods during the 2020 deer hunting season.

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The campaign encourages landowners in the Lake Champlain basin to raise their lawnmower blades to 3 inches, to leave clippings on the ground to decompose in place and to cut only a third of the length of the grass blades in a cutting.

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

‘Tis the season for geese to start making moves. What are you seeing in your backyard? Send your photos to jessie@shelburnenews.com and we’ll share them with readers.

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Last July, Rich Kelley posted a most unusual photograph to the Vermont Birding Facebook group with the caption, “Someone bit off more than he could chew.”

Completion of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail has accelerated with the allocation $2.8 million in state funds, matching $11.3 in federal funds. The trail is to be completed by the summer of 2022. It extends across five counties in northern Ver…

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