Discoveries, Wildlife

Searching for Squirrels, Finding the Night

Written by Rachel Garwin A week ago, I joined my friend Teage (a Field Naturalist alum) and a group of his UVM students on an “owl prowl,” Teage’s own euphonic term for a night hike.  We gathered at the edge of Centennial Woods, where gauzy tufts of white pines and bare hardwood twigs strained the… Continue reading Searching for Squirrels, Finding the Night

Discoveries

Chicken of the Woods

by Becky Cushing Frog legs, rabbit, octopus, sea lamprey: Tastes just like chicken. But a mushroom? That might take some convincing. Purple toadstools dot moist ground. Tiny aliens emerge from rotting wood. A stalk shoots from leaf litter on the forest floor. Like Alice's Wonderland, the damp woods in and around Burlington are splattered with… Continue reading Chicken of the Woods

Discoveries

A Bypassed Giant

by Rachel Garwin What’s the last amazing thing you overlooked?  I discovered mine last Wednesday in Centennial Woods, a 65-acre natural area near the University of Vermont campus.  A friend and expert naturalist was sharing his local knowledge with a group of undergrads, and I had tagged along.  The familiar path turned to the left… Continue reading A Bypassed Giant