Vermont may be a vacation playland. But it’s also home to a wide range of wildlife including birds, thanks to the recovery of our forests over the past hundred years. Consider this: by the 1890s, farmers had cleared much of the forests; trees covered only about a quarter of Vermont. Today, more than 75 percent of Vermont is forested. So it’s no surprise that this is a great place to observe nature in action. In fact, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Vermont has the nation’s highest participation rate of “wildlife watching.”
According to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, there are no less than 84 wildlife management areas throughout the state. You can download detailed maps of these areas, complete with trails and topography at the department’s web site, www.vtfishandwildlife.com.
The Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge attracts large flocks of migratory birds to its quiet waters and wetlands. Here on the shores of northern Lake Champlain, you’re likely to see an abundance of waterfowl, such as mallards, black ducks, wood ducks, ring-necked ducks, snow geese, and more.
Bring your friends, your family and your birding groups and find out more about birding through our birding map.
Photo credit: © Bryan Pfeiffer / Vermont Bird Tours