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The Outside Story: Meet the Northeast's most alarming insect

Posted on August 6, 2018 |
By Declan McCabe



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If freshwater insects did senior superlatives before graduating from aquatic life, what would yearbook entries say about dobsonflies? Largest? Most ferocious? Most likely to change names? Most likely to bite a human? Or to be used as fish bait? Or to be confused with a centipede?

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Cliffs clear to hike, climb again Aug. 1

Posted on July 30, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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MONTPELIER — Hikers and rock climbers can return to Vermont cliffs starting Wednesday, Aug. 1, now that peregrine falcon nesting season has ended. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has confirmed that all the young falcons have learned to fly and will not be disturbed by human presence on the cliffs.

In Addison County, nesting sites now open include Deer Leap in Bristol, Mt. Horrid at the top of the Brandon Gap and Snake Mountain in Weybridge/Addison.

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Wildlife officials seek aid on turkey count

Posted on July 30, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — Wild turkeys are found throughout most of Vermont. To help make sure that the flocks are healthy and well managed, their reproductive success is monitored annually by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department with help from “citizen scientists” who report the number and size of turkey families they see during August.

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Dead Creek waterfowl lottery deadline nearing

Posted on July 30, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



ESSEX JUNCTION — Applications are available for controlled waterfowl hunting permits to be used at Mud Creek in Alburgh and Dead Creek in Addison, both Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department wildlife management areas.

The applications may be downloaded from Fish & Wildlife’s website vtfishandwildlife.gov.  Printed applications are available at Vermont Fish & Wildlife offices in Montpelier, Essex Junction, Addison, Barre, St. Johnsbury, Springfield, and Rutland.

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The Outside Story: Male mallards aren't as nice as they look

Posted on July 26, 2018 |
By Meghan McCarthy McPhaul



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Robert McCloskey’s “Make Way for Ducklings” is one of my favorite childhood books. I loved the way Mr. and Mrs. Mallard interacted, their seemingly endless search for the perfect nesting place, the description of classic Boston neighborhoods, and the whimsical names of their eight ducklings.

Not until I started reading the story to my own children, several years ago now, did I notice Mr. Mallard ditches Mrs. Mallard after the ducklings hatch, leaving her to tend to eight kids on her own, amid the dangers of snapping turtles and Boston traffic.

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Bobcat caught on game camera

Posted on July 5, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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BRANDON — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department last month released images of a bobcat that was caught in a series of photos on a game camera set up under a bridge in Brandon. The cameras are put out as part of a collaborative partnership between Vermont Fish & Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, and VTrans to better understand wildlife movement around road crossing structures.

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The Outside Story: A slow start for snapping turtles

Posted on June 25, 2018 |
By Brett Amy Thelen



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One moonless May evening, my husband and I walked down to our local pond, flashlights in hand, to look for toads. We were delighted to discover hundreds of them, floating, darting, and jockeying for position in an explosion of courtship. Their surround-sound trills left our ears ringing.

The toads were frenzied, focused only on each other, and highly concentrated in one small, shallow section of the pond, which prompted my husband to wonder if they weren’t awfully vulnerable to predators that way.

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Vermonters asked not to interfere with loons

Posted on June 21, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is asking boaters and anglers to give loons a hand this summer by enjoying them from a safe distance.

Loons were removed from Vermont’s endangered species list in 2005 following decades of recovery effort. But one of the main threats still facing loons as they continue to recover is human disturbance during the breeding season.

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Bat monitors needed this summer

Posted on June 18, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



CASTLETON/FERRISBURGH — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is looking for volunteer citizen scientists to count bats in the greater Champlain Valley and a few other sites around the state this summer. Addison County residents have two opportunities to take part: at Bomoseen State Park in Castleton on Thursday, June 21, and at Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh on Wednesday, June 27. The events start at 7:30 and finish after dusk, around 9:30.

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Bear family causes a big stir in Middlebury

Posted on June 14, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Kristin Mitchell was offering up copious amounts of birdseed at her Birchard Park home in Middlebury this spring in hopes of attracting a flock of fine feathered friends.

But what she got earlier this month was a family of large, furry bears, a group she and Vermont Fish & Wildlife officials would rather see dining deep in the woods.

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