Biologist to lead wildlife walk at Victory Basin

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The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department will host a wildlife viewing tour at Victory Basin Wildlife Management Area. Doug Morin, a wildlife biologist with the department, will lead this wildlife-based exploration of a truly unique part of Vermont. The tour is scheduled for February 10.

Doug Morin is a habitat and wildlife biologist with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. He is an experienced naturalist and an alumnus of the University of Vermont’s Field Naturalist graduate program. He is also one of the lead managers for this remarkable property.

“We’ll keep an eye out for tracks, trees, birds, and any other curiosities we find along the way,” said Mr. Morin. “Victory Basin is a vast lowland boreal forest that is common in northern Canada but rare here in Vermont, allowing visitors to feel like they’ve stepped into another world. We have a chance of spotting boreal wildlife such as snowshoe hare, gray jays, and possibly even an American marten. And with irruptions of crossbills and pine siskins ongoing, we may catch sight of these uncommon visitors.”

The walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants are asked to bring snowshoes and to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for being outdoors in winter, including extra layers, food, and water, as well as binoculars if they have them. They should also be able to walk one to two miles at a relaxed pace over a relatively flat trail while wearing snowshoes.

People can register for the event by contacting Doug Morin at [email protected] Admission is free and is limited to the first 25 people who sign up. — from Vermont Fish and Wildlife.

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