The American Marten is about the size of a mink with a bushy tail trailing a long body, short legs and a thick, fur coat. They can be brownish or reddish in color and have a light, buffy patch of fur around their throat. Their pronounced eyebrows give them a quizzical look. Deforestation and over-harvesting brought the marten to the brink of extinction by 1900 in some locations. In the late 1980’s, marten were reintroduced in the southern Green Mountains of Vermont. But was it successful?
In this month’s episode of Outdoor Radio, we join three biologists that work with American Marten conservation and recovery; Kim Royar and Katy Crumley of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Scott Wixsom from the Green Mountain National Forest. We traveled by car, snowmobile and finally snowshoes, through snow squalls deep into the southern Green Mountain National Forest in search of the elusive American Marten. Discover how, against the odds, the American Marten has made a comeback in the southern Green Mountain National Forest.
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- Learn more about their habitat and habits at Vermont Fish & Wildlife Dept.
- Read this story about their population expansion on the VCE Blog.
- Check out a few sightings and learn more about Martens on iNaturalist.
- If you are lucky enough to capture one on your game camera, or anything really, add it to the Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist.
Outdoor Radio is produced in collaboration with Vermont Public Radio.