Resources for Kids, Adults & Landowners


Wildlife Information

Vermont Critters

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Citizen Science

Explore and share your observations from the natural world

iNaturalist Contribute to Science. Every observation can contribute to biodiversity science, from the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard weed. We share your findings with scientific data repositories like the Global Biodiversity Information Facility to help scientists find and use your data. All you have to do is observe.

Journey North Post your sightings and follow migrations of Monarchs, Birds and other animals

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Moose by Dave Erler - moose ecology, behavior, and other biology

The Social Black Bear by Ben Kilham - black bear communication, learning, intelligence, and sociality

Fisher by George Leoniak - radio collaring fisher to learn about use of habitats and travel corridors

Forest Birds and Conservation Biology by Len Reitsma - avian ecology and ‘conservation biology 101’

Vermont Black Bear by Forrest Hammond - bear populations, ecology, and human interactions

Other videos:

Bringing Nature Home by Doug Tallamy, excellent video about the impacts of invasive plants on wildlife and how quickly wildlife returns if we use native plants

Useful Publications


Habitat Stewardship Brochures An excellent series of 12 brochures from UNH Cooperative Extension to help landowners learn about and help conserve important wildlife habitats found on their land. Visit their site to see all the brochures, then use link above to access/download copies directly.

Conserving Vermont’s Natural Heritage A Guide to Community-Based Planning for the Conservation of Vermont’s Fish, Wildlife, and Biological Diversity

Mapping Vermont’s Natural Heritage is a guide that describes the datasets used on BioFinder, interprets them, and lists possible strategies for conserving them.

Natural Community Inventory A natural community is made up of the species that live together in a natural setting, along with their physical environment and the processes that affect them. Vermont has more than 90 different natural communities.

Draft 2015 Wildlife Action Plan

Wetland Woodland, Wildland Download book

The Place You Call Home A Guide to Caring for Your Land in Vermont

Tracks : Life-size Tracking Guide by Lynn Levine,‎ Martha Mitchell, Heartwood Press 2001.

Waterproof, spiral bound book with life size tracks

Reading the Forested Landscape by Tom Wessels

New England Wildlife by Richard M. DeGraaf & Mariko Yamasaki

Working with Your Woodland: A Landowner’s Guide by M. Beattie, L. Levine & C. Thompson

Northern Woodlands Magazine, published by the Center for Northern Woodlands Education



LLA Map Activities

Fun activities using LLA maps 

Wildlife Range Transparencies to use with regional maps

Download Moose Transparency

Download Bobcat Transparency

Download Bear Transparency

How Much Land Do a Moose, Bear and Bobcat Require? To use with the transparencies.

On-line Tools

Biofinder Layers of statewide biogeographic data with the ability to overlay and analyze them, intro video

Vermont Forest Parcelization Online Tool

Use the new online tool created by the Vermont Natural Resources Council to explore forest parcel trends and learn about recommendations to reduce subdivision of land.

 Especially for Landowners

Vermont Conservation Design Maintaining and enhancing ecological function across the landscape is fundamental to conserving biological diversity.

Our Vermont Woods All the resources you need to keep our woods healthy

Keep Forests Healthy The tool provides a rapid and simple process to assess forest resiliency. This publication contains background information on important characteristics of resilient and healthy forests and examples of potential adaptation strategies. It is accompanied by a scorecard to be used in the field to evaluate the resiliency of a forest.

Habitat Help for Landowners

Wildlife Habitat Management for Lands in Vermont - A Landowner's Guide This manual provides useful information and guidance to landowners, foresters, wildlife biologists and others interested in managing land for the benefit of fish and wildlife.

Landowner Guides to a Successful Timber Harvest Including wildlife, water, economics, working with foresters and loggers

The Resilient Forest Series by Northern Woodlands Linked print, audio and video works that explore the relationships and traditions that have helped keep forests intact. The series will also consider how human and natural communities are adapting to change.

Vermont Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) For Wildlife Habitat                                                                                                   Orange County (802) 828-4493, Windsor County (802) 885-8836

Vermont Audubon Forest Bird Habitat Assessments (802) 434-3068

Vermont Coverts: Woodlands for Wildlife, Inc. (802) 388-3880

Vermont Woodlands Association

County Foresters: Orange County (802) 476-0173; Windsor County (802) 281-5262


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Vermont Institute of Natural Science 

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