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The Vermont Center for Ecostudies and VPR unite the sounds and science of nature in this monthly feature. The program is hosted by biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra, who share their knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm for wildlife education and conservation.

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The Vermont Center for Ecostudies and VPR unite the sounds and science of nature in this monthly feature. The program is hosted by biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra, who share their knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm for wildlife education and conservation.

    Outdoor Radio: Blue Jays, "Engineers Of The Forest"

    Outdoor Radio: Blue Jays, "Engineers Of The Forest"

    Blue jays are pretty common. We see them all the time, and yet, they still have mysteries to share with us. Blue jays are also known as the "engineers of the forest." Their diet consists of acorns and beech nuts and they take these seeds to new areas and cache, or bury, their food. Sometimes they forget to come back to get these stored nuts and seeds allowing them to grow. The birds are planting new trees and expanding the forest.

    • 7 min
    Outdoor Radio: Is There Such A Thing As A January Thaw?

    Outdoor Radio: Is There Such A Thing As A January Thaw?

    In the past 125 years, only two Januarys have stayed below freezing for the entire month. Some Vermonters relish a period of warmer temperatures while others lament the melting snow. Is there such a thing as a regular, consistent January thaw?

    • 7 min
    Outdoor Radio: The Winter Flight Of The Bruce Spanworm Moth

    Outdoor Radio: The Winter Flight Of The Bruce Spanworm Moth

    You don't expect to see a moth in November, but these winter moths have adapted to thrive in the cold. The operophtera bruceata, or the Bruce Spanworm moth, spends the summer as a catapiller in the canopy of hardwood trees. They eat and eat, getting bigger until they fall down into the leaf litter and pupate. As the weather turns cold, around the end of October, they emerge as adults. This comes in very handy for these moths, because most of the birds have migrated away and there are very few

    • 5 min
    Outdoor Radio: Hunting The Ferocius Vermont Tiger Beetle

    Outdoor Radio: Hunting The Ferocius Vermont Tiger Beetle

    If you've been in the woods or in the garden and spotted a quick flash of metallic emerald that was there one second and gone the next, then you have probably encountered a tiger beetle. These insects earn their name. They are fast, fierce predators, even as larva. There are 16 species of tiger beetles that have been spotted in Vermont. Out of those 16, almost half are considered to be of conservation concern.

    • 7 min
    Outdoor Radio: Counting Endangered Terns On Champlain's Papasquash Island

    Outdoor Radio: Counting Endangered Terns On Champlain's Papasquash Island

    Hard hats in hand, Biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra head to the docks at Lake Champlain. They are taking a boat to Papasquash Island, owned by Audubon Vermont, to help count the new breeding population of common terns.

    • 7 min
    Outdoor Radio: Catching Up With The Vermont Wood Turtle

    Outdoor Radio: Catching Up With The Vermont Wood Turtle

    In some regions of Vermont almost all the wood turtles we find are pretty old. We're not seeing their young grow up and join the population as we would expect. Maybe there's a problem with their nests or with the survival of the young. The Orianne Society , a non-profit organization "dedicated to the conservation of reptiles, amphibians and the ecosystems they inhabit," is currently researching and studying these wood turtles in an effort to conserve their numbers.

    • 7 min

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