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Introduction to Ice Fishing for Walleye

‍Introduction to Ice Fishing for Walleye

Saturday, January 14, 2017 11:00am-1:30pm: Lake Carmi, Franklin, VT

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is conducting an introductory course on ice fishing for walleye. The course will reinforce the basics while teaching basic techniques that can used to successfully target walleye.

Topics covered will include aquatic ecology, knot-tying, fish identification, regulations equipment, and much more!

This is a hands on course and warm clothing is a must! All equipment and materials will be provided.

Pre-registration is required, to register call 802-505-5562 or email



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Volunteers Needed for Turtle Beach Clean Up Day

Volunteers Needed for Turtle Beach Clean Up Day


Volunteers Needed for Turtle Beach Clean Up Day

Once again it’s time for the annual spiny softshell turtle beach cleanup day, and Vermont Fish & Wildlife is looking for volunteers to help on Saturday, October 22. Participants are asked to arrive at North Hero State Park between 10 and 11 AM, because the group may move on to another site by 11 o’clock.

Volunteers will help by pulling up vegetation on nesting beaches to prepare the turtle nesting sites for next year. They may also find a few hatchlings that have remained in nests underground this late in the year. In addition to threatened spiny softshell turtles, these nest sites are also used by map turtles, painted turtles, and snapping turtles.


Volunteers Needed for Turtle Beach Clean Up Day Spiny Softshell Turtle

Spiny Softshell Turtle

Vermont Fish & Wildlife biologist Steve Parren will have hatchling spiny softshell and other turtles on hand and will talk about his long-term recovery efforts with the species. Some hatchling turtles will be raised in captivity by the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center while they are small and are most vulnerable to predation. They will then be released back into Lake Champlain next spring.


“This is a great way to help conserve a threatened species right here in Vermont,” said Parren. “It’s also a fun way to learn more about the turtles and to see some recently hatched baby turtles.”


Volunteers Needed for Turtle Beach Clean Up Day Snapping turtle hatchling

Snapping turtle hatchling next to my granddaughter Gabby’s foot.
Photo taken in North Hero, Vermont by Molly McHugh

What You’ll Need For The Turtle Beach Clean Up

Participants are asked to dress in layers of warm clothes and to bring work gloves, a leaf rake, short-handled tools such as trowels, and their own lunch. Families and kids are welcome. The cleanup may run until 4 p.m., although participants can choose how long to help.

“This has turned into a very popular annual event for people interested in conservation,” said Parren. “We’ve had nearly 100 people show up to help in recent years, so we’re glad to see so many people care about wildlife.”

How To Get To North Hero State Park

To get to North Hero State Park, follow Route 2 north past Carry Bay in North Hero. Take a right on Lakeview Drive, just before Route 2 swings west toward Alburg. Follow Lakeview almost to the end until you reach the North Hero State Park entrance sign on the left. Drive to the end of the road always bearing right.

For more information, please contact Eric Lazarus at 802-658-8505 or


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September is Vermont’s River Cleanup Month – And How You Can Help

September is Vermont’s River Cleanup Month

September is Vermont's River Cleanup Month and Watersheds United Vermont invites interested volunteers to get involved.

Missisquoi River Basin Association volunteers at a cleanup. Photo Credit: Lindsey Wight

When Vermonters think of September, they picture the last days spent swimming in our lakes and rivers, or the first cool nights that signal the start of fall. However, for many Vermonters, September also signifies the perfect time of year to put on some work gloves and join friends and neighbors in hauling tires, refrigerators and shopping carts from our rivers and streams. September is Vermont’s River Cleanup Month and Watersheds United Vermont invites interested volunteers to get involved.

For years, local watershed groups and other volunteers in Vermont have organized river cleanups to remove trash that has accumulated in our waterways. Trash in rivers not only creates an eyesore for paddlers and swimmers, but it also negatively impacts riparian wildlife and adds pollutants to our waters. In 2014, the Vermont legislature, recognizing the importance of river cleanups, designated September as Vermont’s official River Cleanup Month. Lyn Munno, director of Watersheds United Vermont (WUV), the organization coordinating the statewide River Cleanup Month effort, says: “September is a great time to clean our rivers- water levels are usually not too high and the temperature is still mild.”


This September’s river cleanups are already being planned by local groups across the state. In 2015, Vermont River Cleanup Month participants hauled 16,000 pounds of trash from rivers and shorelines at 30 cleanup events.

Mary Russ, Director of the White River Partnership and a seasoned river cleanup leader says: “The WRP organizes cleanup events at White River access sites as a way to make the river cleaner and safer for recreational use. Each fall, dozens of volunteers remove hundreds of pounds of trash from the river, from drink containers to tires to everything in between.”


Vermonters can participate in River Cleanup Month in a couple of ways. Contact your local watershed group to see if you can help with a river cleanup in your watershed, or organize your own cleanup with neighbors, club members, classmates, or co-workers. To register an existing cleanup or to access resources on running a successful river cleanup, check out WUV’s River Cleanup website (


WUV is collaborating on Vermont’s River Cleanup Month with two other organizations that have decades of combined river cleanup experience: Connecticut River Watershed Council’s Source to Sea program, which is running its 20th annual cleanup for the Connecticut River watershed, and American Rivers, which has run its National River Cleanup since 1991.


Watersheds United Vermont (WUV) is a state-wide network of local groups dedicated to improving the health of their home watersheds. WUV’s mission is to empower community-based watershed groups throughout the state to protect and restore Vermont’s waters. Please contact WUV at or 802-585-3569 for information or suggestions about Vermont River Cleanup Month. Make sure to tag any River Cleanup Month social media photos or posts with #vtrivercleanup.

Dead Creek Wildlife Day 2016

Dead Creek Wildlife Day 2016

Dead Creek Wildlife Day 2016

Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area

Dead Creek Wildlife Day offers something for everyone. The day is filled with wildlife demonstrations and guided nature walks. Come for an hour or stay for the day! 
Saturday, October 1, 2016
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area

Free Admission and Parking

Schedule may change due to conflicts, please check the schedule again before arriving for the most up-to-date information. 

Activities include:duck calling contest poster

  • Live Critters of New England
  • Waterfowl Calling Contest for Young and Old
  • Decoy Carving
  • Hunting Dog Handling
  • Fishing How-tos
  • Wildlife Photography Tips & Tricks
  • And Much, Much More….

And don’t miss out on loads of family fun like…

  • Building Blue Bird Boxes
  • Face Painting
  • Nature Art and Crafts

Where is Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area?

Dead Creek WMA is located on VT Rte. 17 about one mile west of the junction of Rte. 22A and Rte. 17 in Addison, Vermont. For more information call (802) 828-1000.

get a map and directions

Dead Creek Wildlife Day is hosted by Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreations, and Otter Creek Audubon Society.


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