Field Guide to January 2024
Although the days are slowly growing longer, life in the Northeast still finds itself in the depths of winter. January is about survival. Wildlife that doesn’t migrate adapts instead to make it to spring. Here are a few tidbits of natural history happening outdoors this month around you.
Vermont Town Birding Challenge
Vermont’s 251 towns offer up a vast array of habitats and birdlife. Recently, Vermont birder Bob Heitzman accomplished his goal of birding in each of Vermont’s 251 towns, a monumental achievement! Learn how focusing your birding efforts at the town level can be rewarding in so many different ways.
Field Guide to February 2021
Even though there’s lots more winter ahead, February heralds hints of spring around the corner. From Star-nosed Moles to returning Red-winged Blackbirds, this month’s field guide to wildlife around you is sure to keep your spirits high, no matter what that sleepy woodchuck predicted.
Field Guide to January 2021
Although the days are slowly growing longer, life in the Northeast now finds itself in the coldest depths of winter. January is about survival. Wildlife that doesn’t migrate adapts instead in order to make it to spring. Here’s a few tidbits of natural history happening outdoors this month around you.
The Season’s First Snowy Owls
The forecast calls for snow — Snowy Owls and Snow Geese. Vermont’s first two Snowy Owls of the season have turned up in the past week.
Autumn’s First Snowy Owl
The Arctic came visiting early this fall. Reed Webster found this Snowy Owl in Westminster, Vermont, on October 25 – our first report of the season.
March Photo-observation of the Month
It seems that Vermont iNaturalists are behaving like the weather. They just can’t let go of winter. The March winner…
A Blitz of Two Dozen Snowy Owls
By Ian Worley The amazing irruption of Snowy Owls in North America this winter of 2013-2014 has brought these charismatic…
Loon Meets Owl in Eric Hanson’s House
On December 17, I awoke to -25 F here in Craftsbury, VT. The day before a juvenile Common Loon had…
Snowy Owl Invasion: 2011 versus 2013
The last big Snowy Owl invasion was in 2011 (top map), but it was much more widespread than the one…