Pieter’s Lens – The Loon Story Continues

Pieter’s Lens – The Loon Story Continues

By Pieter van Loon, VLT forester — Back in May I was taking my cameras for a walk on 90 acres of conserved land on the shore of South Pond in Marlboro. When I stuck my head through the thicket of speckled alders on the pond edge, I was surprised to see two loons...
Pieter’s Lens – An Osprey Sighting in Brattleboro

Pieter’s Lens – An Osprey Sighting in Brattleboro

by Pieter van Loon, VLT forester — You know what’s great about the conserved Retreat Farm in Brattleboro? Just about everything. Sure, it is over 450 acres of conserved forestland, farmland, and water—right in the heart of the seventh largest town in Vermont....
Pieter’s Lens – Following a Loon Family on South Pond

Pieter’s Lens – Following a Loon Family on South Pond

By Pieter van Loon, VLT forester — Earlier this year, I took at photo of a loon displaying on South Pond in Marlboro. Apparently the courtship that accompanied that display was convincing, as the loons I saw that day now have two chicks. All of the shoreline of...
Pieter’s Lens – An important time to learn more about ash trees

Pieter’s Lens – An important time to learn more about ash trees

by Pieter van Loon, VLT forester — I was recently reminded that ash trees are dioecious (pronounced die-EESH-iss). That is just a fancy way of saying there are male ash trees and female ash trees. For most of the year you can’t tell them apart, but right now it...
Pieter’s Lens  – A Red Eft Sighting

Pieter’s Lens – A Red Eft Sighting

by Pieter van Loon, VLT forester — Red efts are the juvenile stage of the eastern newt. Did you know newts can live up to 15 years? That means a newt year is roughly equivalent to a dog year. This one climbed to the top of a coltsfoot leaf. What do you suppose...