If you're looking for big steelhead trout in Vermont, you'll find no finer spot to cast than the eleven-mile stretch of the Willoughby River between Lake Willoughby and the Barton River. Every spring people come from miles around not only to fish, but watch them jumping upstream to reach spawning grounds. The falls at Orleans presents one of the best fish watching opportunities in Vermont if not all New England. Host Lawrence Pyne, and angler Michael Hahn, tackle the Willoughby in search of two feet of steelhead.
When it comes to making things out of wood no animal is more persistent and more proficient than the beaver. Beaver dams provide valuable wet land habitat for several species of fish and wildlife. But these same dams can cause a lot of damage to roads and septic systems. In this segment, we look at a unique project called the "Cooperative Beaver Baffle Demonstration Project" that uses water control structures to properly manage beaver dam water levels.
Kayaks are challenging boats to learn how to paddle. Building them requires a whole different set of challenges. We visited the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum to look at their "Champlain Discovery" program that teaches teenagers with almost no woodworking experience how to build their own kayaks. The program culminates with a student trip on Lake Champlain in their new boats.
It's easy to see why kayaking is one of the fastest growing water sports. These sleek boats can go places others cannot, making them the perfect tool for wildlife viewing. Vermont is a kayaker's paradise, offering paddlers a diverse collection of lakes and rivers. Host Marianne Eaton joins kayak guide, Jamie Mittendorf, for a paddling adventure down the Otter Creek and a trip out into Lake Champlain.
Rock Climbing can be an intimidating sport for many people. But with the proper training it can be an exhilarating experience. There is a sense of accomplishment when scaling what you thought was impossible. It can be a real confidence booster, and its lessons can be applied to everyday life. Host Marianne Eaton attends the Petra Cliffs Rock Climbing Center in Burlington and then tackles a sixty-foot cliff high above Lake Dunmore in Salisbury with her teachers.
Learning traditional outdoor skills such as hunting and fishing can be an intimidating experience for some women. The National Wild Turkey Federation offers a program to help women gain confidence and experience in a number of outdoor activities including target shooting, fly fishing, kayaking and tracking. In this segment, we spend a day with the Vermont chapter of the Federation for their "Women in the Outdoors" program.
Over-harvesting in the 18th century combined with loss of natural habitat nearly lead to the extinction of the North American Wood Duck. But thanks to conservation efforts such as the construction and installation of wood duck boxes in wetlands this beautiful bird has had a resurgence. In this segment we tag along with District Wildlife Biologist John Mlcuch as he visits State-maintained duck boxes in Vermont and learn about the nesting habits of the North American "woodie."
- Ducks Unlimited - Duck Box Page
- Northern Prairie Wildlife Research
Center - Ducks at a Distance Waterfowl
- Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
- For VT wood duck box info,
call: Bill Crenshaw, 802-879-5699
It wasn't that long ago that there were no wild turkeys in Vermont. But in the late 1950's and early 60's The Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife instituted the "Trap and Transport Program," trapping wild turkeys in New York State and relocating them to Vermont. The program proved very successful and today wild turkey populations have expanded across the entire state. In this segment, host Lawrence Pyne and turkey hunter Buvy Gamache venture out on the last day of turkey season 2001 in search of an elusive tom.
The Primitive Rendezvous is a step back 150 years in time. It is a re-creation of an 1840s fur trapper market of the northern plains territories when the mountain men would come down from the hills every summer to sell their pelts and get supplies before returning to the mountains. Today's rendezvous re-creates that same type of camp for about ten days every summer in locations around the country. It has turned into a family-oriented camping experience that gives people an idea what it was like to live back then. On most days, nothing from the 21st century is allowed in camp. We visited last year's New England Rendezvous that was held in Pawlet, Vermont, for a step back in time.
Orienteering is the sport of using nothing but a compass and map to locate points on a course that has been laid out in the woods. Competitors race the clock to locate the checkpoints, and then return to the starting point. It can be competitive or just a nice walk in the woods. It's a sport that is popular throughout the world. Host Marianne Eaton joins members of the Green Mountain Orienteering Club on one of their outings and navigates her way through the wilderness.