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Did you know that black bears make “nests” in trees so they can feed in comfort? Forrest Hammond of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department shared that and many other intriguing bear facts in his engaging presentation at the Mount Holly Town Library. Audience members got answers to all their questions, like how to keep bears out of the backyard (take down that bird feeder) and what to do if you encounter a black bear (make a lot of noise and do NOT run away!).
Eric Hanson, biologist with the Vermont Loon Recovery Project, drew a capacity crowd for this presentation at the Mount Holly Town Library. The audience learned that just 25 years ago, common loons were disappearing from Vermont, with only 10 nesting pairs statewide. Now there are over 60 pairs — and the loons on Lake Ninevah have played a major role. The chicks they’ve produced since 1995 have likely helped colonize seven nearby water bodies.
(Photo by Ray Richer)
Paul Nevin, a longtime Mount Holly resident and retired teacher, shared his 60-year “love affair” with Lake Ninevah at a Saturday afternoon gathering at the Fish & Wildlife Boat Access. The group then visited several spots around the lakeshore as Paul described how Lake Ninevah and its surroundings have changed since his boyhood vacations there in the 1950s.
The crowd of wildlife lovers at Vermont Wildlife Biologist Kim Royar’s presentation learned that bobcats are one of the most widely distributed carnivores in the contiguous U.S., and the rocky ledges and wetlands of northwest Vermont are important habitat. But the animals are now at risk in the Green Mountain State due to encroaching land development.
Mount Holly Town Library
Lake Ninevah, and other Vermont lakes, attract a number of “invasive” plants and animals that can spread and take over a lake, choking off other life and making water recreation impossible. Marie Levesque Caduto, Watershed Coordinator with the Vermont D.E.C., showed how to identify unwelcome species like zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil, and what can be done to control them.