Vermont abounds in wildlife.  With a little preparation, some caution, and luck you can witness the state’s natural abundance.

Every season in Vermont has its own wildlife-watching opportunities. Perhaps you enjoy seeing tracks in the snow, hearing birds in the spring or chorus frogs around a vernal pool, summer brings migrant shore birds, and autumn visits of white-tail deer?

Here you’ll find some great leads for where to go and how to do it safely for both you and the wildlife.

WHAT’S HOT RIGHT NOW?

May: There is perhaps no better time of year for wildlife watching in Vermont than May. The birds are migrating into Vermont, bringing the forests and fields alive with their colors and sounds.  Snow geese are still touching down in large numbers at Dead Creek WMA in Addison during the early part of the month.  For the first few days in May, the steelhead rainbow trout continue their upstream migration, leaping up Willoughby Falls in Orleans.  Warm rainy nights are filled with the chorus of frogs.  And salamanders are on the move, which are fun to hunt for with young kids as a way to connect them with nature.  

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Top 10 Wildlife Watching Experiences in Vermont

From moose in the Northeast Kingdom to snow geese in the Champlain Valley, here is Vermont’s wildlife watching hot spots.

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Wildlife Viewing Tips

Find the basic tips to get you closer to wildlife.

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Tips for Protecting Wildlife

While it’s great to get close to nature, remember wildlife need their space. Here are some suggestions to safely share the outdoors with wildlife.

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Bird Watching

Birding is a popular activity enjoyed by many Vermonters. Learn how to get started, where to go, what to look, and backyard birdfeeder basics.

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Wildlife Watching Month to Month

Check out this chart to see which wildlife viewing activities are happening when.

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Wildlife Watching Resources

Need more information? Here you’ll find more leads on watching wildlife in Vermont.