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Farmers: It's hot for the cows, too

Posted on July 9, 2018 |
By Nick Garber



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ADDISON COUNTY — The record-breaking heat wave that hung over Vermont last week may have mostly broken, but local farmers say its effects could be felt for weeks more.

Pete James, the farm manager at Monument Farms in Weybridge, said his cows are reacting just like any hot human being would.

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The Outside Story: Orb webs and the artwork of spiders

Posted on July 9, 2018 |
By Rachel Marie Sargent



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When I was little and tagging along when my dad tended his vegetables, I would sometimes find large black and yellow garden spiders. They were beautiful, and I noticed they had a curious trait: they often added a bright white decorative zigzag to their webs. I always wondered why, if a spider web is meant to catch insects unawares, these spiders would go to such effort to make their webs more visible?

To answer this question, I recently spoke with Dr. Todd Blackledge, who researches spider silk and the web decorations of garden spiders.

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Summer pet safety tips

Posted on July 9, 2018 |
By Dr. Erin Forbes



Ahh, summer in Vermont —  chance to relax, soak up the sun, enjoy the beautiful Vermont countryside, and have as many creemees as your heart desires. However, there are some important safety tips to keep in mind for your pets.

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Good homes sought for rescued dogs

Posted on July 9, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



MONKTON — Attention dog lovers and people with big hearts: Champlain Valley Canine Rescue (CVCR) — a non-profit group that rescues and offers for adoption dogs that would otherwise meet their demise in overcrowded kill shelters in various Southern states — needs your help.

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Couch-sitting, TV-watching duck is human imprinting gone wrong

Posted on July 5, 2018 |
By Nick Garber



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MONKTON — Picture this: an 11-year-old wood duck sits on the couch with a Vermont family, watching TV and eating their popcorn.

This is no hallucination, but a real example of a worrying behavioral pattern: wild animal imprinting on humans.

Imprinting refers to the crucial process in which a young animal learns what species it is. For precocial birds like ducks and geese, imprinting is based on sight, and takes place almost immediately.

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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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Pets of the week: Gus and Moose

Posted on July 2, 2018 |
By Becky Shackett and Emily Baslow



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Hi, we’re Gus and Moose. Moose is the Chihuahua and Gus is a terrier mix. We live in Bristol and we’re best friends. We know a few tricks and like to play all the time, our mom and grandma buy us toys all the time, in return we love them unconditionally.

 
Becky Shackett (Gus’ Mom)
Emily Baslow (Moose’s Mom)

Bristol

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Trap, neuter and return targets cats on farms

Posted on July 2, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Part of what makes Addison County such a great place to live are the numerous farms that mark the landscape. Residents have all enjoyed viewing an old barn glowing in the setting sun and, as animal lovers, they also notice the cats sprawled out enjoying the same sun. In a program aimed at improving their lives, Homeward Bound offers free sterilization and rabies vaccination for stray, barn, and feral cats in the county.

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Help relieve dogs' allergy problems

Posted on June 25, 2018 |
By Dr. M. Kathleen Shaw



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While we love the blooming flowers, trees and grass this time of year, for our pets with allergies it can be a nightmare. Seasonal allergies (atopy) is one of the most common skin disorders in dogs. It is an inherited allergic reaction to pollen, grass, mold, or one of many things Mother Nature makes.

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Keeping chickens means taking precautions

Posted on June 25, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — Keeping a small flock of chickens at home to provide eggs and meat has become increasingly popular, but many first-time small-scale poultry farmers are discovering that several species of wildlife like the taste of chicken as much as we do. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department urges poultry owners to use electric fencing and follow other precautions to protect their birds from predation.

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