Host Lawrence Pyne spends a few days with the "first family" of tracking, the legendary Benoits of central Vermont. Then Lawrence joins Scott Williamson from the Wildlife Management Institute on a nighttime woodcock banding operation at the firing range in Jericho. Also, host Marianne Eaton joins Olympian Doug Lewis of Eliteam and members of the VPT staff for a challenging and insightful day on the ropes in Waitsfield.
In this episodes, volunteers join members of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and other organizations in the construction and placement of hacking boxes. The eagles are introduced to their new temporary homes and Outdoor Journal cameras are there on the day the first doors are opened and the first birds take flight.
Host Marianne Eaton joins Jamie Hess of the Montshire Skating Club for an introductory Nordic skating lesson, Lawrence Pyne joins a group of hunters in the pre-dawn hours as they prepare for a snow goose hunt, and we join field researchers at the University of Vermont who are part of a study to determine the long-term effects of agricultural management on populations of grassland birds through banding operations.
Foraging for delicious wild edibles in northern Vermont, Marianne Eaton and her guests look far beyond the usual berries and fiddleheads. A duck banding operation in Addison County is critical to managing waterfowl populations. Lawrence Pyne gets the lowdown on Vermont's 87 Wildlife Management Areas to learn how they benefit both wildlife and human use.
Lawrence Pyne heads to Waterbury, Vt., to fish for trophy trout on the Winooski River. Four Lake Champlain islands are important nesting areas for common terns, and they're part of the Audubon Society's important bird area program. A look at Groton State Forest's Becoming an Outdoor Family program, which hosts an annual event to help families enjoy the outdoors.
Visit an active eagle nesting site, one of the first in Vermont since 2008 when the birds were reintroduced. Although the bald eagle population has soared to nearly 10,000 nesting pairs nationwide, Vermont had no resident population until these efforts.
Hook into smallmouth bass during spring catch and release season, catch a glimpse of a bald eagle chick hatched in Vermont and wade the Poultney River for native freshwater mussels.