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In this issue of Otter Tracks you will find the following articles:

    • Ecstatic Chaos
    • Migratory Bird Treaty Act Weakened
    • Earthworm Concerns
    • A New Fungal Disease in Snakes
    • Our 2018 Hog Island Camper
    • Wright Park Birding!
    • Tough Life for Upland Sandpipers
    • OCAS Trip to Mt. Mansfield
    • Opening Up New Worlds
    • OCAS Calendar of Events

Otter Creek Audubon Society members will receive a copy in the mail but you can always find the latest issues of Otter Tracks in color on our home page. You can also browse issues going back to the year 2000 in our Otter Tracks Archive.

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This month’s wildlife walk took place on a morning with the beginnings of some very nasty weather. Even so, we did manage a good group of attendees as well as a good group of birds. Most of the action at Otter View Park was happening down on the river, where two Pied-billed Grebes were spotted diving on the creek. There were also Wood Read the rest of this entry »

 

Herpers, on Tuesday night, April 3 the rains brought out both herpers and amphibians. However, since it was both colder (~39° F) and drier than last Thursday night, there were fewer amphibians to go around. Read the rest of this entry »

Herpers, the flood gates opened around 8:15 PM at Morgan Road last night and seven species of amphibian poured through with over 2,500 counted in the two hours we were on site. Many amphibians went uncounted even with 37 volunteers helping out. At my greeting and education post, I had a steady flow of amphibians moving out from under Read the rest of this entry »

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A tiny Spotted Salmander

On warm, wet nights from mid-March to mid-April frogs and salamanders move from their wintering sites on high ground to wetlands to mate and lay eggs. Their route to the nearest vernal pool sometimes takes them across a road. Read the rest of this entry »

On Thursday, March 15,  at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury, Otter Creek Audubon held our third Cabin Fever Lecture series presentation of the winter on Pine Martens, presented by Vermont Fish & Wildlife biologist, Chris Bernier. This talk centered on reintroduction efforts for this weasel family species, explained their current status in Vermont and their difficult relationship with Fishers. If you missed this presentation it can viewed online here thanks to the production facilities of Middlebury Community Television.

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Chris Bernier

Normally we only hold three presentations over the winter, but next moth we will be hosting a special presentation by Mark LaBarr and Margaret Fowle giving us the results of their Golden-winged Warbler migration tracking project. That will take place April 12, 7pm at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury. In the meantime, if you would like to see more, many of our past presentations can be viewed at this link.

– Ron Payne

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This month’s wildlife walk featured a checklist of early signs of spring. Right of from the parking lot at Otter View Park we had territorial Red-winged Blackbirds singing from prominent perches, House Finches singing their pretty warble, and Song Sparrows calling from a tiny cattail-filled drainage. Throughout our entire morning walk we saw Read the rest of this entry »

On Thursday, February 15,  at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury, Otter Creek Audubon held our second of three Cabin Fever Lecture series presentation of the winter with Hank Kaestner giving a talk about a recent trip he took to Ecuador where he saw almost 400 bird species in one week, including 45 different hummingbirds! They are the jewels of Ecuador! If you missed this presentation it can viewed online here thanks to the production facilities of Middlebury Community Television. Read the rest of this entry »

This month’s wildlife walks at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland happened on a snowy morning leaving us responsible for walking in fresh tracks on the trails. Things were in general very quiet at the park until we made our way down to the boardwalk where we scared up a flock of Robins that were making use of the flowing water in the Read the rest of this entry »

 

This month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland was postponed a week due to a blizzard that blew through on the originally scheduled morning and all seven people who came to the delayed walk agreed we were doing it on a much better day. Fairly fresh snow made for great conditions to spot tracks, the best of these being a Read the rest of this entry »

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