By Hannah Phillips - Here in Vermont, the passage of fall foliage marks the arrival of stick season. For a smaller group of birding enthusiasts, it also marks the triumphant return of the snow geese. Every year, thousands of snow geese descend upon the Dead Creek Wildlife Refuge in Addison, seeking respite and fuel on their… Continue reading Predicting Fall’s First Snowstorm
By Anya Tyson - If I went outside right now, hopped in the car, and started driving, it would take me 45 hours to reach the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Michoacán, Mexico, some 2,823 miles away. Though I badly want to see the groves of sacred firs (Abies religiosa) quivering and dripping with orange… Continue reading Monarchs Head South Toward an Uncertain Future
By Bryan Pfeiffer Two wings and a prayer carry a Blackpoll Warbler on a remarkable journey to South America each autumn. Well, actually, two wings and the audacity to pull off one of the most amazing feats of migration on the planet: a non-stop, trans-Atlantic flight lasting up to three days. With most of us only speculating… Continue reading A Blackpoll Warbler’s Daring Trans-Atlantic Flight
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By Sonia DeYoung - Outside my window, a robin pecks around in the rain. It's the day before Thanksgiving, and the forecast calls for the rain to turn to snow tonight in my Massachusetts hometown. So why isn't this robin right now flying south toward a warm, easy winter? Casual birdwatchers see robins as harbingers… Continue reading Partial Migrants: Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Snorkeling in frigid waters for a species at-risk By Levi Old On a dead-still summer night, I army-crawl upstream. “We have a large adult!” says Jen. I rise to one knee and pull the fogged snorkel mask off my head. “A big one?” I mumble in a haze. “Yeah, really big. Much larger than I’ve… Continue reading Freshwater Sharks
By Bryan Pfeiffer On a crisp, sunny day in September, after what was probably a typical summer for a dragonfly (which involves flying around, killing things and having sex beside a pond), a Common Green Darner took off and began to migrate south. As it cruised past the summit of Vermont’s Mt. Philo, with Lake Champlain below… Continue reading The Nuclear Option for Dragonflies