Living With Wildlife In Vermont

Living With Wildlife In Vermont

Vermont is known for its natural beauty. People travel across the country and world to visit and enjoy the outdoors – fishing, hiking, hunting, birding, and so forth. One-hundred-and fifty years ago the majority of the state (80%) was used primarily for agriculture and farming, and we had far less forest than we do now (80%). Animal populations like moose, turkey, and black bear, which once had limited populations, are now thriving.

Lake Champlain is also a gateway for migratory birds, and in recent winters we've had Bald Eagles right here in South Burlington. In Shelburne Bay, when the ice packs into the shoreline Eagles can be seen hunting fish in January and February. This spectacle can be seen throughout the summer on the Lake if you’re looking for Osprey. Harriers, which are adept at flying close to the ground can be found hunting in the fields of Ferrisburg and Panton if you're patient. In the summertime we’re lucky enough to have Ruby-throated Hummingbirds feeding in the gardens, and Cedar Waxwings nesting off the Winooski River and other waterways.

If you live in a rural area, you may also find a sneaky bear in your garbage if you've left it out or eating a recently hung bird feeder from your porch. Tip, let the bear have the feeder. 

It’s easy to forget that we share our space with other animals, but here in Vermont you’re surrounded by life and all you have to do is keep your eyes peeled.


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