When it comes to learning about your hunting area and simply enjoying wildlife, there is no substitute for time spent outdoors. But game cameras are the next best thing. These motion-sensing cameras monitor what’s going on in the woods 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you’re looking for the buck of a lifetime or simply a better understanding of the wildlife in your backyard, game cameras provide a fun, easy way to learn more about the critters that roam your favorite neck of the woods.
On warm early spring nights amphibians across Vermont are on the move. Salamanders and frogs migrate in mass from their upland wintering habitat to wetland breeding grounds. Unfortunately in many areas these migrations take them across heavily traveled roads resulting in high mortality rates. In recent years however a dedicated group of volunteers has been keeping an eye on the spring weather. When conditions are right these salamander saviors descend on known crossing sites both to ensure a safe migration and to learn more about some of Vermont’s most delicate and rarest residents.
Since its inception back in the fall of 2002, Dead Creek Wildlife Day has become an annual event held on the first Saturday in October. Activities include everything from decoy carving and building bluebird boxes to an owl walk and viewing snow geese during their fall migration. The event is a showcase for the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area as well as a fun and exciting way to introduce the entire family to dozens of outdoor activities and wildlife exhibits.
Host Marianne Eaton visits Kedron Valley Stables in South Woodstock for a horseback riding lesson and then joins members of the GMHA for their annual fall foliage ride. Then, we learn about The Junior Waterfowl Hunter Training Program, developed to pass on the traditions of waterfowl hunting to young people. Lastly, Host Lawrence Pyne joins the Farnham family of South Hero in their unique "rock blind" on the shores of Lake Champlain for an afternoon of duck hunting.
We visit the 2003 derby and host Lawrence Pyne heads out on Monkton Pond with his kids to share some tips on how he keeps fishing fun and exciting for his family. Then, We travel to the White River to look at efforts to reform a riparian buffer and to the woods of central Vermont to watch apple trees being released. Lastly, host Marianne Eaton attends Doe Camp 2003 to learn a little about shooting, survival, fly-fishing and other outdoor sports.
Host Marianne Eaton joins Eric Hanson from Northstar Canoe Rentals, to paddle a stretch of the Connecticut and spend the night at one of the primitive campsites along the river. Then, we join members of Green Mountain Power as they re-locate an osprey nest and we look at the osprey recovery efforts of Central Vermont Public Service and a concerned citizen on Lake Arrowhead in Milton. Lastly, Host Lawrence Pyne heads out onto Lake Champlain with Captain Dick Greenough of Sure Strike Charters in search of lakers.
Host Marianne Eaton joins Ted Fleischer of the Stowe Snowboard School at Spruce Mountain for her first step in learning to ride, then both Vermont's Agency of Transportation and the Department of Fish & Wildlife are working together to learn how to conserve critical habitat, lastly host Lawrence Pyne joins members of the Woodford SnoBusters for a day riding the VAST trails of southern Vermont.
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 Lawrence Pyne joins an old friend for a little fall fly-fishing on the Clyde for salmon. And we join a biologist electro-fishing to examine the health of salmon populations on the lower section of the river. We then visit Helena Nordstrom,a wildlife rehabilitator, and head to the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Woodstock. Lastly, Host Marianne Eaton joins Tom Bergh of Maine Island Kayak Company for a sea kayak adventure off the coast of Maine.
Host Marianne Eaton joins Dick Hall for a Telemark lesson. Then we visit the 30th Annual NATO Telemark Festival in Mad River Glen. Then, Outdoor Journal spends a day with a group of teachers as they venture into forests and streams to measure fish populations, examine insects, visit deer wintering yards and collect various plant and animal specimens. Lastly, host Lawrence Pyne joins avid fly fisherman Peter Burton for a day of fishing for brook trout in the Green Mountain National Forest.