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Ron Payne



Nine hearty birders came out on a cold and damp morning for this month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland. Despite the dreary weather the birds were quite active right from the start with a singing Carolina Wren and Yellow-rumped Warblers observed right from the parking lot of the park. Further down the trail we saw Read the rest of this entry »


Waterproof field books allowed for year-round observations for the Starksboro 3/4 class.

Otter Creek Audubon Society (OCAS), 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.
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On Thursday November 8, 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 »


As always, a beautiful view

This past Sunday, 19 people trekked up to the top of Buck Mountain in Waltham in the hopes of finding migrating hawks. With temps in the 80s, it was a warm day for a hike, but enjoyable nonetheless. On our way up, the birds were mostly quite but for some Blue Jays and Eastern Wood-pewees, but we entertained ourselves with finding amphibians Read the rest of this entry »



This month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland on a breezy morning with a persistent front of clouds holding off the sun overhead, which made it feel like we were experiencing the first real cold snap of fall. At the park we had a little lesson in identifying Ravens which were molting the central tail feathers to make them Read the rest of this entry »

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

    • Audubon Vermont Transitions
    • OCAS Patches!
    • Editorial: Trump’s Campaign against Environmental Protection
    • Bicknell’s Thrush
    • Exciting News Flash!
    • Scott Weidensaul at OCAS’ Annual Dinner
    • Hog Island Audubon Camp: Outstanding Experience
    • OCAS Calendar of Events
    • Environmental Education Grants – In Their Words

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.


This month’s wildlife walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland took place on a lovely mid-summer morning with nine people in attendance to search for birds and other wildlife. Along the trails at the park we found ourselves distracted by insects, particularity a Leaf-footed Bug and a Milkweed Bug, appropriately enough found on Read the rest of this entry »


This month’s wildlife walks at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland on a morning with occasional spitting rain, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of our participants. One of the biggest features of Otter View Park in July is the large Mulberry tree that grows south of the boardwalk which is full of fruit at this time. Among the birds we saw coming Read the rest of this entry »


On Saturday, June 23, OCAS and the Middlebury Area Land Trust held our annual beginning birder’s walk at Wright Park in Middlebury. Beginning birder’s of all ages, many equipped with OCAS’s binoculars, broke into three groups led by OCAS President Ron Payne, board member Craig Zondag and MALT Executive Director Jamie Montague and searched for birds around the various trails of the Park. Birding highlights were Read the rest of this entry »


June is the peak time of bird breeding activity so most of our highlights from this month’s walk at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland revolve around that theme. One of the best sightings of the day was the Warbling Vireo nest at the park we had previously posted about. Nearly two weeks later, and the chicks were big enough to be Read the rest of this entry »

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