Posts filed under: Conservation Currents

Mushrooms? It seems that I’ve cooked with the little button mushrooms found in most grocery stores forever and enjoyed them raw in tossed salads. About 12 years ago, I was...
A volunteer removes a European frogbit plant from the water by hand. Photo contributed Among the great egrets and northern map turtles in Charlotte’s Town Farm Bay and Shelburne’s LaPlatte River...
In a parallel universe, Charlotte is celebrating 50 years of hosting nuclear power—or perhaps regretting it. The fork in the road that our universe took came on the unremarkable date...
The Charlotte Conservation Commission has acquired several trail cameras to help identify and confirm key significant habitat corridors in town. ...
The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) has been in the news recently. The populations of these colorful and much loved butterflies have declined 90 percent in the past 20 years, and...
Autumn has arrived and so begins the holiday season and thoughts of friendly gatherings, food, food and more food. Thanksgiving is coming up, and just the thought makes my mind...
When I was growing up near Buffalo, New York, I had a friend who loved snakes, and we would spend time looking for them in my yard. When we found...
In my work at the Conservation Commission I reviewed a subdivision application in which two state agencies, another town committee, and a not-for-profit all held interests aimed at compliance with...
Throughout Vermont, people interested in our environment are increasingly concerned about the health of our forests and the current development trends. People come here to visit or to settle down,...
How would you react if you received a notice that said your home property would be bisected by a new highway? You would likely go to your town, county and...
The golden-winged warbler (GWWA) is an early-successional species whose songs have captivated many. Vermont is currently the only New England state that hosts a population of these unique and beautiful...
We often hear about climate change and its implications, but what does it actually mean for Lake Champlain and the communities around it? Lake Champlain has already seen drastic increases in...
 As a solar community organizer, I spend a lot of time talking to people about renewable energy. The question I get most frequently is, “Why is there so much wind...
The eastern wild turkey, a member of the galliformes order, is a delicious mouthful for man or beast. One of five distinct subspecies of wild turkey found in the U.S.,...
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 one area or...
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 a natural...
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 stone wall...