When cold December nights begin to freeze local ponds and lakes, most waterfowl hunters are packing away their guns and digging out the ice augers. But there are a few hardy souls that brave the bitter temperatures in pursuit of goldeneyes. Also known as whistlers or ice ducks, these rugged diving ducks are the often the last migratory birds found on Lake Champlain as fall gives way to winter, and they offer some of the hottest hunting of the year.
As winter takes hold, Lawrence Pyne and hardy December duck hunters go after golden eye on Lake Champlain. Vermont Fish & Wildlife works to preserve nesting habitat for turtles. A visit to the Nulhegan Basin in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom explores current efforts by power companies to incorporate wildlife management practices into their business planning.