Nature Nugget: A fondness for ferns

Nature Nugget: A fondness for ferns

The fiddleheads we savor in spring are the young, coiled up leaves of the ostrich fern, a tall, graceful fern common along rivers and in moist, rich upland forests. They appear in bottomlands in late April, and they last only a few short weeks. Once the fiddleheads have come unfurled, as most have by now, the leaves are bitter and are no longer good to eat.

Nature Nugget: Bobolinks, world-class travelers in trouble

Nature Nugget: Bobolinks, world-class travelers in trouble

During breeding season, male bobolinks are black and white with a tuft of straw-yellow on the back of their head. They flutter across fields singing a song that may make you think R2-D2 is loose in the haylands of Vermont.

Caring for the Missisquoi River 

Caring for the Missisquoi River 

From its headwaters in Lowell, the Missisquoi River meanders through valleys, tumbles down gorges, and crosses the border into southern Quebec before flowing into Lake Champlain. The river is a priority in the state’s clean water initiatives. Sheldon wetland restored...
A Haven for Wildlife in Award-Winning Derby Woodlands

A Haven for Wildlife in Award-Winning Derby Woodlands

In 1973, Kathleen and Allen Yale bought a parcel with open and wooded land and made it their home. They’ve since transformed it—rehabilitating areas that had previously been clear-cut, controlling invasive species, and managing for both timber and wildlife. Allen has...
Next Generation Taking on Orwell Farm

Next Generation Taking on Orwell Farm

Bill and Liz Orr have farmed for decades and hope to pass the farm to their daughter and son-in-law, Rachel and Brian Reed. Their 279-acre property became the 20th conserved farm in Orwell when they conserved the land with VLT, which will protect it from development....