Winter Ecology

Image 2-23-19 at 4.11 PM

The post-glacial landscape

Humans arrived in Vermont over 12,000 years ago while the cold breath of the glaciers still blew across the land.  What do we know of these early natives and the rich cultural heritage that runs unbroken through time to the native Abenaki people alive in Vermont today?   Vermont Master Naturalist acknowledges that we gather on the unceded land of the Abenaki people, who have cared for it for generation and continue to do so.

During the winter session, Vermont Master Naturalists study the post-glacial landscape, taking advantage of the season to track wildlife and study the bark and buds of winter trees.  Examining a White Pine tip up Mud Pond Conservation Area with VMN Williston (photo by Cheryl Dorschner.)


Looking at tracks on a frozen beaver pond and exploring a porcupine den at Raven Ridge Natural area with VMN Bristol 5 Town naturalists.

Image 3-9-19 at 7.23 AM

Tracking a bobcat in the new Richmond Town Forest with VMN Richmond (photo by Rebecca O’Dowd.)



Image 3-12-19 at 12.59 PM

Makuk birch bark basket shared with VMN Burlington naturalists by Allaire Diamond (photo by Garrett Chisholm.) Grey fox tracks in the new Burlington Urban Wilds park (photo by Sophie Mazowita) and a grey fox captured on a trail camera at North Branch Nature Center in preparation for a field trip with NBNC naturalists Sean Beckett and Dave Muska and the VMN Winooski Headwaters team (photo: selfie by the fox.)


Banner photo by Rob Merrifield