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An overflow crowd learned how to to recognize and control a variety of invasive plants, in this forum featuring Hannah Putnam of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and the Ottauquechee Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. We also got a chance to meet the new game warden, Tim Carey, and learn about the increase in local black bear activity over the summer.
Four live raptors played to a packed house at this highly entertaining event featuring Michael Clough, Assistant Director of the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum. Everyone at the Mount Holly Town Library was thrilled to get a close look at the birds – a barred owl, a red tailed hawk, a kestrel and a screech owl – and learn all about Vermont’s majestic birds of prey. It helped that Mike is not only an avid naturalist, but also a born actor and comedian. We will definitely invite him back for a future event!
Beavers have two sets of eyelids — the lids underneath are transparent so they can see while swimming underwater. That’s just one fascinating facet of nature’s busy builders, featured in this engaging presentation by Chris Bernier, leader of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s Furbearing Management Program. Participants in the forum at the Mount Holly Town Library learned all about beavers’ amazing engineering feats, how they benefit other wildlife and what to do when beaver architecture causes flooding and other problems for humans.
Fun frog fact: This critter will eat anything it can fit into its mouth – including another frog! Just one of the intriguing habits of reptiles and amphibians that Vermont naturalist James Andrews shared with a lively and inquisitive audience at the Mount Holly Town Library. As coordinator of the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas Project, Andrews tracks sightings of frogs, toads, turtles and snakes in each Vermont town. He distributed an up-to-date list of those known to be living in the Mount Holly area and urged everyone to look for certain species that haven’t been documented in 25 years.
Mount Holly Town Library
The largest animal in Vermont’s wildlife landscape drew the biggest crowd ever for the “Know Your Wild Neighbor” series. An overflow crowd gathered to learn about the marvelous moose from Cedric Alexander, Moose Project Leader for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department for more than 20 years. Cedric clearly knows everything there is to know about moose – their lives and habits, their history in Vermont and likely places to spot one in the great outdoors. (Look for them at the manmade roadside “salt licks” created by road-salt runoff. And if you’re driving a car, be careful!)