Since eastern coyotes first arrived in Vermont in the 1940s, they have steadily expanded until today they are found in almost every corner of every town in the state. Hated for preying on deer, pets and livestock, and generally treated like vermin, coyotes have also proven to be remarkably adaptable and resilient, and they have slowly gained the respect of many Vermonters, including a small but growing corps of dedicated coyote hunters.
The sounds of campfire songs can be heard echoing over Buck Lake in Woodbury all summer long from adolescents attending the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s Conservation Camp. But one week of the summer is reserved just for teachers. Since 1985 the Wildlife Course for Teachers has offered educators a hands-on introduction to fish and wildlife management. The goal is to get educators to incorporate what they learn at camp into their classroom curriculum.
- Vermont Fish and Wildlife - http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/
Michael Clough (cluf), the Assistant Director of the Southern Vermont Museum of Natural History, travels throughout the state with a variety of rescued animals to help educate and inspire people to care more about our native wildlife and their habitats. We visit the museum and follow Michael to a classroom during one of his educational programs.
Southern Vermont Natural History Museum - vermontmuseum.org
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.