Visit a Winter Deeryard with Outdoor Radio
White-tailed Deer wading through deep snow. / © Putneypics
This month on Outdoor Radio we visit a winter deeryard. White-tailed Deer use these special woodlands to help them survive Vermont winters. Covering only a few to perhaps as large as 100 acres of forest, they can be used by generations of deer. Hike with us to a small deeryard and learn what makes deeryards and deer winter adaptations special.
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White-tailed Deer standing alert just outside a winter deeryard. /© K.P. McFarland
Looking out from a shaded deeryard. /© K.P. McFarland
Deer scat during the winter is a bit like sawdust because they are feeding mostly on twigs. /© K.P. McFarland
Just outside of the deeryard most of the saplings are nipped by deer to what normally would be the top of the snowpack. /© K.P. McFarland
Guard hairs litter a deer bed from the previous night. These are filled with air to help buffer the deer from cold. / © K.P. McFarland
A co-founder of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, Kent McFarland is a conservation biologist, photographer, writer and naturalist with over 20 years of experience across the Americas. Kent's writing and images have appeared widely in magazines, newspapers and mobile field guides. He's co-host of Outdoor Radio, a monthly natural history series on Vermont Public Radio. You can find him on Twitter @KPMcFarland.
[…] This winter in central Vermont, it feels like more precipitation has fallen as rain than snow. A severe winter can take a toll on deer, but this year they and some other winter residents have escaped the worst of what a winter can bring. Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra from the Vermont Center for Ecostudies visit a deeryard on Outdoor Radio, a terrific monthly radio program on ecology broadcast on Vermont Public Radio. Hear it here. […]