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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 »



On Thursday, January 11,  at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury, Otter Creek Audubon held our first of three Cabin Fever Lecture series presentation of the winter with the Bird Diva, Bridget Butler speaking about Crows & Ravens. Considered harbingers of evil by some, and for others an endless curiosity. Bridget explained how intelligent crows really are, the difference between crows and ravens, and their complex social structure. If you missed this presentation it can viewed online here thanks to the production facilities of Middlebury Community Television.


Bridget Butler the Bird Diva

Our next Lecture, The Jewels of Ecuador, presented by Hank Kaestner, will take place on February 15, 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


Given temperatures in the minus teens at our start time, it’s unsurprising that only eight people came to this years First Day Hike at Button Bay State Park, but it was a hardy, group well dressed for the weather, ready too look for birds. Read the rest of this entry »

The story of this month’s wildlife walks at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland is the story of all birding in our region in the past few months: A marked dearth or birds. Still we did manage some good sightings. Warm weather has kept the Otter Creek flowing so far this December, so flushing a Great Blue Heron away from the end of the boardwalk Read the rest of this entry »


This month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland started off amid cold, wind and snow flurries, giving us the first real bite of winter for the year. And the birds seemed to be feeling the weather too as they were hard to come by as we walked the park. As frequently happens though, one of our first observations was a singing Read the rest of this entry »

This month’s wildlife walks at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland began pleasently with the sound of a Carolina Wren singing near the parking lot. As we went down the trail we had a nice bit of drama as there was a three-way altercation between a Red-tailed Hawk, an immature Cooper’s Hawk and an American Crow. They circled together Read the rest of this entry »

Otter Creek Audubon Society, the Addison County chapter of the National Audubon Society, is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of grants to help finance environmental education projects for Addison County schools. The mission of Otter Creek Audubon Society is to protect birds, other wildlife and their habitats by encouraging a culture of conservation within Addison County. All local efforts are volunteer-run. Read the rest of this entry »

On Thursday November 9, the Otter Creek Audubon Society will be holding our Annual Dinner and Meeting, a chance for us to get together with the OCAS community and celebrate the work we have done over the past year, and the volunteers who have made that work possible. Read the rest of this entry »

This past Sunday Otter Creek Audubon held our annual hawk watch at Buck Mountain in Waltham. As always scheduling this event is a bit of a gamble because we can never predict the weather far enough in the future to know whether or not the conditions will be good. Last year for example we were rained out. But this year lucked into a sunny and Read the rest of this entry »



This month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grasland started off under beautiful waning moon still hanging in an early morning sky. In the plants along the trail we notices a large number of dew-covered spider webs, many with Banded Garden Spiders sitting in the middle of them. As we reached the boardwalk we discovered a Read the rest of this entry »

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