Sarah Zahendra and Kent McFarland from the Vermont Center for Ecostudies recently trekked through deep snow near Maidstone Lake in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom to find out more about Alces americanus, or moose, in our region.
Joining them on the journey was Jake Debow, a researcher working on an extensive cooperative project with Vermont Fish And Wildlife and the University of Vermont.
Debow has collared over 90 moose to find out their mortality rates, productivity and trends for upcoming years. His research allows him to track the moose population's nutritional plane throughout the winter.
Moose populations in Vermont and New Hampshire are seeing a rapid decline due to a suite of reasons, most predominantly, the abundance of winter ticks.
Find more info, video and photos at the links below:
- Learn more about Moose from the Smithsonian Natural History Museum
- See a map and images of observations at iNaturalist Vermont, a project of the Vermont Atlas of Life
- Add your observations of Moose and other wildlife to the map at iNaturalist Vermont
- Read the moose fact sheet from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
Outdoor Radio is produced in collaboration with the Vermont Center For Ecostudies with support from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation.