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.
Fingernail clams, freshwater relatives of oysters and mussels, lives in Vermont’s forests alongside fairy shrimp and salamanders.
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.
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 […]