Last summer while working in the garden, I was startled when a fast-flying wasp dropped a plump pumpkin spider on the soil in front of me. The wasp landed, grabbed the spider, and wiggled backwards into a small hole I hadn’t noticed, quickly …

Forests are communities, a rich mixture of organisms engaged in relationships and interactions with each other, built around the living architecture of trees. These communities parallel healthy human communities in many ways, not because they…

Occasionally I get an email from a camp, school or local club asking if I can present an insect program. So, it was not unusual last week for me to be handing insect nets to excited Cub Scouts. I led them toward some ash trees and made sure e…

Many Vermonters are facing problems with bears looking for food near their homes, and with the food scrap ban in effect fish and wildlife officials offer some tips for people who are composting at home so they can avoid attracting hungry bears.

Vermont’s migratory game bird hunting season starts Sept. 1.

Like many things in nature, plants come in all shapes, sizes and growth tendencies. Some work best in an informal setting while others are ideal for a formal garden.

One summer day, I was relaxing on the bank of a secluded pond watching mallards forage when a dark shape broke the stillness of the water. It was a North American river otter, swimming with its head and back emerging from the surface, sleek b…

Few birding experiences rival hearing the haunting call of the loon or seeing them glide by in protected coves on a lake. However, for the birds’ protection, boaters and anglers should enjoy loons from a safe distance.

Walking down my road on an early June afternoon several years ago, I spotted a snake attempting to cross into the underbrush. Covered in colorful splotches, it quickly slithered across the pavement and out of sight. I knew this wasn’t a garte…

The public is prohibited from swimming at fishing access areas due to safety concerns. The primary use of the areas is for launching and retrieving motorboats.

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