Vermont Fish & Wildlife biologists to lead wildlife walk at Victory Basin

Winter is a great time to be out on the landscape looking for wildlife or signs of wildlife.
Winter is a great time to be out on the landscape looking for wildlife or signs of wildlife. Photo provided

VICTORY, Vt. – The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department will host a wildlife viewing tour at Victory Basin Wildlife Management Area Saturday, Jan. 25.

Doug Morin and Paul Hamelin, wildlife biologists with the department, will lead this wildlife-based exploration of a truly unique part of Vermont. Morin is a wildlife biologist and an alumnus of the University of Vermont’s Field Naturalist graduate program who manages Victory Basin WMA. Hamelin is a veteran wildlife biologist who has managed wildlife habitat on WMAs throughout the state.

“We’ll keep an eye out for tracks, trees, birds, and any other curiosities we find along the way,” said Morin. “Victory Basin is a vast lowland boreal forest that is common in northern Canada but rare here in Vermont, allowing visitors to feel like they’ve stepped into another world. We have a chance of spotting boreal wildlife such as snowshoe hare, gray jays, and possibly even the tracks of an American marten.”

Two walks will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Participants are asked to bring snowshoes and to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for being outdoors in winter, including extra layers, food, and water, as well as binoculars if they have them. They should also be able to walk one to two miles at a relaxed pace over a relatively flat trail while wearing snowshoes.

People can register for the event at Admission is free and is limited to the first 12 people who sign up for each walk. A reminder to please leave dogs at home. The backup date in case of inclement weather is Saturday, Feb. 15, and participants will be notified via email.

Victory Basin is one of 99 wildlife management areas owned and managed by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department for wildlife-based recreation such as hunting, fishing and wildlife watching. These lands are purchased and managed in part using funds from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife Restoration Program using excise taxes on hunting and shooting equipment, as well as through hunting and trapping licenses and donations to the Vermont Habitat Stamp program.

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