Birders Helping Birds: Invasive Plant Removal Day at Dead Creek WMA

  • Volunteer Opportunity
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Join Maeve Kim and Bernie Paquette of Jericho on July 7th at Dead Creek WMA in Addison to help restore habitat for the birds. They have successfully run volunteer invasive plant management efforts in their community and are now sharing the love and passion for action in a collaboration with VT Fish & Wildlife.

What:     Invasive Honeysuckle cutting party
Who:      Anyone with loppers, saws, gloves, and a desire to help the birds! (please let organizers know ahead of time if you plan to attend)
When:    On July 7th, time TBD (watch link above for more details)
Where:   Dead Creek WMA Brilyea Access ( 
Why:       For the birds we all love! 

Finding Fun in the Phenology of Invasive Plants

Phenology is the study of the life cycle events of living things – like tracking when plants get their leaves, their flowers, and their fruits. Knowing this information gives us a better understanding of the species in our ecosystems, can guide the timing of our invasive plant management work, and can help us track the impacts of climate change on plants in Vermont. In 2022, The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation is spearheading a few projects geared towards tracking the phenology of invasive plants and we need your help!

Comparison of Spongy Moth & Spotted Lanternfly

At first glance, the spongy moth and the recent invader the spotted lanternfly (whose Latin name is Lycorma delicatula) would not appear to have much in common. The spongy moth, Lymantria dispar, is a moth. Moths fall under the insect order Lepidoptera, the moths and butterflies, and are characterized by scaly wings and a long tongue. The spotted lanternfly may look like a moth, but a closer glance at their mouthparts reveals them as true bugs, in the insect order Hemiptera. This group of insects is characterized by sucking-piercing mouthparts that look like a long straw running along the underside of their bodies.