OJ 309 Seg 2

Series: 
Outdoor Journal
Episode #: 
309
Zone: 
Segments
Header: 
Keeping Track
Body: 

Besides skiers and riders, Vermont's hills, valleys and woods are also home to lots of wildlife ... even in Chittenden County. There is a growing interest in protecting wildlife habitat in areas that are heavily trafficked by people. This involves such things as taking into consideration wildlife corridors when constructing a road. For example, what may be the shortest line between two points for people may also intersect with a moose, deer or bobcat corridor, creating a perilous journey for both the human and the animal. Working to create safe passage for wildlife is an effort that involves private citizens, planning commissions, conservation groups, land trusts and even the Agency of Transportation. Vermont's Agency of Transportation and the Department of Fish & Wildlife are working together to learn how to conserve critical habitat. Members of both organizations join Sue Morse of Keeping Track for a day in the wild tracking animals and learning the way they travel.

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OJ 309 Seg 1

Series: 
Outdoor Journal
Episode #: 
309
Zone: 
Segments
Header: 
Snowboarding
Body: 

Snowboarding has seen a 240% increase in participation in the last 10 years, making it the nation's fastest growing sport. And Vermont is "Snowboard Central" in the east. It's home to Burton Snowboards and the annual U.S. Open at Stratton. Equipment and teaching methods have changed drastically since Jake Carpenter started Burton in 1977, making learning to ride a much more enjoyable experience. The Burton "Learn to Ride" (LTR) program incorporates equipment designed for beginners. The LTR snowboards have a beveled edge and are designed to be very soft torsionally, which is the ability to twist them. Today's technique uses a lot of twists in teaching, too. The technique makes it easier for folks to get from their heel edge to their toe edge, and vice versa, without actually catching the edge. A number of snowboarding schools feature the LTR program. In a typical beginner lesson, riders learn to balance on the board, make turns, and stop before they are allowed to progress to the lift. Being able to load and unload a lift is an important part of a beginner snowboarding experience. But thanks to improved teaching methods, first-timers can expect to progress rapidly and get to the point where they are able to ride the lift on their first day. Host Marianne Eaton joins Ted Fleischer of the Stowe Snowboard School at Spruce Mountain for her first step in learning to ride.

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OJ 310 Seg 3

Series: 
Outdoor Journal
Episode #: 
310
Zone: 
Segments
Header: 
Biathlon
Body: 

Combining the sports of cross-country skiing with precision target shooting, the biathlon has evolved from an ancient hunting method to military ski patrols, to an Olympic and World Cup sport. It requires strength, endurance, solid skating skills and a high degree of shooting accuracy. Add cold and changing snow conditions to the mix and you have one of the toughest physical and mental challenges a competitor can face. The Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho is home to one of the premiere biathlon training facilities in North America and is managed by the National Guard. The Guard has produced a number of world-class biathletes. The Ethan Allen facility attracts competitors from all over the world. Host Marianne Eaton joins Guard member and Olympic biathlon racer Dan Westover on the range in Jericho for an introductory lesson to the sport of biathlon.

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    National Guard Sports Office
    113 Ethan Allen Road
    Jericho, VT 05465
    (802) 899-7122

OJ 310 Seg 2

Series: 
Outdoor Journal
Episode #: 
310
Zone: 
Segments
Header: 
Brook Trout Buddies
Body: 

Vermont's Northeast Kingdom abounds with brook trout, in large part because of the helping hand played by a local sportsman's club. Volunteers with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Conservation Group refurbished the former state fish hatchery in Morgan, where they now annually raise thousands of brook trout fry. They oversee an annual program called "The Morgan Hatchery Project" that involves getting members of the community to fan out across the Northeast Kingdom on cross-country skis, snowshoes and snowmobiles to stock local beaver ponds and other remote waters with these colorful, native fish. On a good day volunteers can distribute 60,000 fry to throughout the Northeast Kingdom. Though the stocking benefits the fishing community, the real satisfaction comes from practicing responsible habitat stewardship, and giving back to nature. We follow the brook trout journey from incubation to release on a wintry spring day in Morgan.
 

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For information about volunteering for the Morgan Hatchery Project or for stocking location information, contact Byron Fish at (802) 723-6385.

OJ 310 Seg 1

Series: 
Outdoor Journal
Episode #: 
310
Zone: 
Segments
Header: 
Smelt Fishing
Body: 

Every year, as winter envelops northern New England in its icy grip, shantytowns pop up on our larger lakes, marking the spots where ice fishermen have gathered for generations in pursuit of rainbow smelt. Smelt are the smallest member of the family that includes trout and salmon, but what they lack in size, they make up for in abundance and taste. Smelt are renowned for their delicate flavor, and a successful day fishing for smelt is measured by the pailful. Nowhere is this truer than on Lake Champlain, where ice fishermen annually catch untold millions of the small silvery fish, and jigging for smelt in a cozy shanty is a timeless way to spend a frosty winter day. Host Lawrence Pyne fishes with Denise Gibeault of Shoreham, VT, and visits the Halfway House Restaurant in Shoreham for a sample of these tasty fish.

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  • Shanty Rentals

    Mike's Shanty Rentals
    (518) 546-7907 - Mike Wright
    (518) 546-7414 - Mike Blaise

    Norm's Bait & Tackle
    286 Bridge Road
    Crown Point, NY 12928

    Pete Hanson Shanties
    P.O. Box 13
    Moriah, NY 12960
    (518) 546-7808

    VOGA lists shanty rental information
    on their Ice Fishing in Vermont page

Vermont Free Fishing Day

Date: 
Saturday, June 11, 2011 (All day)
Address: 
http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/cfcalendar.cfm?
City, State: 
Statewide
Source: 
Nature Walks (only on OJ pg)
Featured Event: 
No

Vermont Days

Date: 
Sunday, June 12, 2011 (All day)
Address: 
http://www.vtstateparks.com/htm/events.htm
City, State: 
Vermont State Parks
Source: 
Nature Walks (only on OJ pg)
Description: 

Free Entry, All Vermont State Parks

Featured Event: 
No

Vermont Days

Date: 
Saturday, June 11, 2011 (All day)
Address: 
http://www.vtstateparks.com/htm/events.htm
City, State: 
Vermont State Parks
Source: 
Nature Walks (only on OJ pg)
Description: 

Free Entry, All Vermont State Parks

Featured Event: 
No

Plant Walk & Talk

Date: 
Sunday, September 4, 2011 11:00 am
Address: 
http://www.vtstateparks.com/htm/events.htm
City, State: 
Island Pond, Vt.
Source: 
Nature Walks (only on OJ pg)
Featured Event: 
No

Raptors and Other Predatory Birds

Date: 
Saturday, September 3, 2011 2:00 pm
Address: 
http://www.vtstateparks.com/htm/events.htm
City, State: 
Grand Isle, Vt.
Source: 
Nature Walks (only on OJ pg)
Featured Event: 
No

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