Wildlife Areas: Rutland

In the next few weeks, you will see a series of posts about wildlife areas categorized by region. Here is the second:

Pine Hill Park

Pine Hill Park in Rutland Vermont, only a half hour drive from campus offers some of the best biking, running, hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and geocaching in the central Vermont region. It has 325 acres of land and within that, 16 miles of single-track trail for you to explore. Pine Hill Park is home to some of the best bird species in Vermont! Hooded Mergansers, Wood Ducks, Osprey, Scarlet Tanagers, and Northern Flickers are just a few of the common sightings in the area. The park is also the perfect terrain for many species of salamander as well as snapping turtles. But we can’t forget about the flora, trout lily and blood root, Solomon’s seal, star flower, and pink lady’s slipper can be seen in may. Barred owls can be heard on the far side of the pond. The most spectacular part of Pine Hill Park however, is the American Chestnut population. There are a total of 41 chestnut trees in the park; they are weeded, watered, and sprayed with organic garlic oil on a regular basis to protect them. The information in this overview was collected from: Pinehillpark.org


West Rutland Marsh

The first time that I went to visit West Rutland Marsh, my brother and I saw migrating Canada Geese above and in the reeds, what sounded like millions of Red-Winged Blackbirds hid. As I stepped towards them, the reeds rattled in waves further and further away.

The West Rutland Marsh is a designated important bird area for it’s essential habitat for one or more species of birds. Notable birds include the Virginia Rail, American Bittern, and Marsh Wren. If you’re lucky you may be able to catch a glimpse of a least bittern. Northern Saw-Whet Owls and green herons have also been sighted.

West Rutland Marsh is the place to be no matter what season. There will always be life, easy hikes, and beautiful scenery.

For more information, visit: http://www.westrutlandtown.com/place-of-interest/west-rutland-marsh

Thank you to Charles Harcourt for the photos, follow him on Instagram @charlie_is_outside

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