Posts filed under: Conservation Currents

In a regime of “alternative facts” are you engaging the application “fundamental truth”? In an era imagining the inhabitation of Mars are you attending to your habitat here on Earth?...
Most of us who pay attention to the current state of bats have heard about white-nose syndrome and may also know that bats are vulnerable to this through their winter...
Here in Vermont, a few species of jumping spiders are common. ...
  Mary Van Vleck | Contributor Often when driving along the highways or walking in the woods, I am struck by the species of trees that seem to dominate in...
Linda Radimer | Contributor When you know what they could be doing, there is no question. Once outside and on their own, “Fluffy” the cat and “Fido” the dog have...
Roel Boumans | Contributor This time of the year I tend to walk around my place a lot collecting maple sap. I often pass by a curious remnant of a...
Meg Berlin | Conservation Commission Member Following a legacy can be a challenge. Last year Charlotte lost two of its largest and most special trees—the slippery elm on Thompson’s Point...
Mary Van Vleck | Contributor Directly opposite my house, about 40 feet away, are two bluebird boxes that bring me entertainment all year long. They are placed in a grassy...
Mel Huff | Contributor Blow & Cote, the Morrisville heavy construction company that builds bridges, finished the rehabilitation of the historic Seguin Covered Bridge Friday, Dec. 9. The upper bridge...
Mel Huff | Contributor The extensive rehabilitation of the 167-year-old Seguin Covered Bridge on Lewis Creek has been plagued by delays. First, the work, scheduled to begin in late June,...
Mel Huff | Contributor At Town Meeting in 1989, Charlotte voted to establish a conservation commission. The new commission’s work was to include “maintaining an inventory of the Town’s natural...
About six weeks ago, I finally made it to Town Hall with all the documentation needed to register my hound dog, Homer. He was the 374th dog registered this year....
Sadly, bats are one of the most misunderstood and maligned of our native animals. Many people fear them or have cursed and killed them when they get into homes and...
The Super Bowl, the Final Four, Bruce Springsteen concerts all create opportunities for scalping tickets. Economists call this market—reselling something you just bought—the secondary market. Super Bowl tickets, for example,...
Three years ago I planted a hummingbird and butterfly garden using handsome new cultivars, something I’d fantasized about doing for years. The bed attracted lots of hummingbirds, although not as...
On a one-day workshop with an expert from the State, a small group of Charlotters learned all about invasive plants on Mt. Philo. ...
If you see a bird at your feeder or a fisher cat at the edge of the woods, a bobcat passing nearby or even notice the stand of hickory trees...
In preparation for Thanksgiving, many of us venture into the woods and fields, searching for plants to decorate our tables and doorways. One of the most spectacular and sought after...