When Meg Berlin and her then-husband visited a friend who lived in Charlotte almost 25 years ago, they fell in love with the area and decided to buy some land and build a house. Berlin’s initial plot was 50 acres, but she eventually acquired another 15 from a neighbor who lived just north of her.
Early March is a wonderful time to look for birds in Charlotte, as the resident species are already getting…
Some of winter’s most active mammals are hiding in plain sight. Many are busy after dark and even those that move at twilight are good at staying out of sight.
You may have seen some different birds at your feeder recently. This year is an invasion year for common redpolls.
In 2008, Audubon Vermont and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation teamed up to create a program called “Foresters for the Birds.
A cold north wind blows through the curtains of the bedroom. I pull the duvet quilt up a little tighter around my shoulders and wiggle back into my warm cocoon. Visions of red-legged mallards with their wings cupped and their feet dangling down fly through my dreams. As they begin their final descent into the decoys, my hunting partner John and I both switch off the safety mechanism on our shotguns. One low mallard whistle on the call, and they commit to the spread.
In recent years sandhill cranes have been observed in Vermont. So, what’s the big deal? Well, among other things, sandhills (Antigone canadensis) are the oldest species of bird on earth; fossil records date them to about ten million years. And cranes can dance!
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 birds, which require a special habitat of sparse trees and shrubs, with an understory of grasses and forbs, all adjacent to a forested area. In addition golden-wings are ground-nesting birds and prefer hardwood rather than softwood trees.
Directly opposite my house, about 40 feet away, are two bluebird boxes that bring me entertainment all year long….