Vermont abounds in wildlife. With a little preparation, some caution, and luck you can witness the state’s natural abundance.
Every season in Vermont has its own wildlife-watching opportunities. Perhaps you enjoy seeing tracks in the snow, hearing birds in the spring or chorus frogs around a vernal pool, summer brings migrant shore birds, and autumn visits of white-tail deer?
Here you’ll find some great leads for where to go and how to do it safely for both you and the wildlife.
WHAT’S HOT RIGHT NOW?
APRIL: Wildlife watching is just heating up with the weather in April! Birds are returning, frogs are chorusing, salamanders are migrating, fish are on the move, and moose come down from the mountains. One of the best wildlife viewing activities this time of year is watching the steelhead jump up Willoughby Falls in the Northeast Kingdom, usually around the last week in April or the first week in May depending on conditions. The snow geese also touch down at Dead Creek in large numbers on their way back north.
From moose in the Northeast Kingdom to snow geese in the Champlain Valley, here is Vermont’s wildlife watching hot spots.
Find the basic tips to get you closer to wildlife.
While it’s great to get close to nature, remember wildlife need their space. Here are some suggestions to safely share the outdoors with wildlife.
Birding is a popular activity enjoyed by many Vermonters. Learn how to get started, where to go, what to look, and backyard birdfeeder basics.
Check out this chart to see which wildlife viewing activities are happening when.
Need more information? Here you’ll find more leads on watching wildlife in Vermont.