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Maple sugaring adapts to a changing climate

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by Michael J. Caduto Boiling maple sap into syrup is a time-honored tradition in the Northeast, to the olfactory delight of anyone who has spent time in a steamy sugarhouse while inhaling the sweet maple scent of the season. It used to be that trees were tappe... More »

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Looking up for the Geminid meteor shower

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The Outside Story   by Meghan McCarthy McPhaul I’ve always loved the idea of watching the sky for shooting stars.  But I’m much more likely to be up to watch the sunrise than I am to stay awake past midnight, when most meteor showers happen.  Lucky for me, the... More »

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Muscling through migration

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The Outside Story   by Doug Facey During the autumn months, many birds migrate from their summer breeding grounds in the Northeast to warmer wintering areas south of our region. Migratory birds include many species of raptors and waterfowl, which we often noti... More »

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A witch in the woods

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The Outside Story   by D. Glenn Miller In late autumn, well past the showy blossoms of summer, after even fall’s late bloomers have faded and the trees have dropped their leaves, there is one shrubby plant still putting on a flower show: American witch hazel (... More »

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Moose in rut

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The Outside Story   by Susan Shea On an October day years ago, my husband and I were canoeing on a pond in the Green Mountain National Forest. We heard crashing in the bushes along the shoreline just before a magnificent bull moose with large antlers appeared.... More »

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Vermont Has the Largest Candy Economy in the U.S.

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The beginning of the fall season means that Halloween is on its way. Scary movies, spooky costumes, and pumpkin carving are all time-honored Halloween traditions, but trick or treating—and the accompanying appetite for candy—is perhaps the season’s most distin... More »

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Available Flood Recovery Rebates

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Click on the photos below to see what is available. Note: you must apply for the FEMA process before submitting applications for rebates. You can also access the website which collects all the flood rebates in one place: https://www.efficiencyvermont.com/flood... More »

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Buttonbush is a boon for wildlife       

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The Outside Story by Colby Galliher As autumn begins and insect populations dwindle, many waterfowl species rely increasingly on seeds as a food source. Common buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), with its spherical bouquets of seeds now ripening, provides ... More »

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Why do some mushrooms glow in the dark?

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The Outside Story   by Rachel Sargent Mirus I recently found myself sitting in the crawl space of my house holding a bioluminescent mushroom. I’d been on a quest to find one of these light-producing mushrooms and, on my birthday, had collected a jack o’ lanter... More »

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The life of a snapping turtle

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The Outside Story by Anna Morris Until 65 million years ago, huge reptiles dominated our planet — and every summer I think they might be making a comeback. The sight of a snapping turtle hauling herself onto a sunny log or lifting her incredible bulk on mud-co... More »