Wildlife on the Move: How We Can Protect Critical Links & Corridors

The Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor from Hunger Mountain. Photo courtesy of Allan Thompson.

Part of the Shutesville Wildlife Series

Location: Green Mountain Club Visitors Center, Route 100, Waterbury Center

Time: 7-9pm

Free & open to the public. Donations to the Waterbury Conservation Fund welcome.

What do Vermont's plants and animals need to thrive, reproduce, migrate, and move as  our climate changes? High-quality habitats alone are not enough; our forests, wetlands, and waterways also need to be well-connected across our landscape and beyond. Protecting wildlife corridors and other habitat links is important and challenging work, and the actions we take in our own backyards and communities make a difference.

During this community presentation, get a sense of the big picture of conservation work happening locally and across our region to protect landscape connections from the Adirondack Mountains though New England to the Canadian Maritimes. Hear from members of the new Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor Partnership about how local, regional and statewide organizations are working together along with landowners and concerned citizens to keep this critical connection along the Waterbury-Stowe town line safe and open. Share your questions and suggestions, and find out how you can get involved.

We will also learn about the work communities to our north have been doing for over a decade to protect another critical habitat link for wildlife moving between Vermont and Quebec. Program Director, Bridget Butler will share inspiring stories from the Cold Hollow to Canada (CHC) program including how citizen scientists are gathering data on wildlife and road crossings, as well as how neighbors are working together through the CHC Woodlots Program to maximize benefits for wildlife across the Cold Hollow Mountains. Also known as the Bird Diva, Bridget is a passionate and approachable naturalist who has been playing match maker for the wildscape & Vermonters for more than 20 years. You won't want to miss her energetic and dynamic presentation.

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