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2020 Hunting Lottery for Bluffside Farm

2020 Hunting Lottery for Bluffside Farm

For the fifth consecutive year, Bluffside Farm in Newport will be open for archery deer hunting. Applications are due by September 26. As per Newport City ordinance, no firearms are allowed on Bluffside Farm at any time, including rifle season which coincides with the late November time period. All hunters must carry written permission and hunt in designated areas away from neighboring houses.

A Conservation Dream Takes Flight

A Conservation Dream Takes Flight

On a mid-summer morning Fred Pratt sat on his cabin’s front porch, high on a Duxbury hillside, listening to birdsong from the surrounding forest. “There’s a yellowthroat down there,” he said. “And there’s a catbird, and robins of course, and another warbler, maybe a chestnut-sided.”

How a Chipmunk Baby Boom Leads to More Mushrooms

How a Chipmunk Baby Boom Leads to More Mushrooms

When I went out to look for edible mushrooms in a stand of oaks, beech, and hemlocks recently, I found uprooted, overturned, and torn-apart mushrooms everywhere. It looked like a tiny hurricane had targeted only the fungi. A closer look revealed rodent toothmarks. Small mammals like chipmunks and red squirrels feed on mushrooms; the scene of destruction might be explained by this year’s chipmunk baby boom, which was spurred by high seed production in oaks and beeches in 2019.

Identify Summer and Fall Meadow Wildflowers in Vermont

Identify Summer and Fall Meadow Wildflowers in Vermont

  In late summer and early fall meadows come alive with wildflowers and insects. From the graceful pink Joe Pye Weed that blooms in mid-August to New England Aster, one of the last spectacles of the year, there is so much to see and enjoy in the fields near your...