Wildlife and Plants Frequently Asked Questions

Wildlife and Plants:

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Animals in Vermont

Vermont is home to many different types of animals.  Some animals live here all year, while some only stay for certain seasons.  

Fish and Wildlife Species Library

Vermont's most common critters

 

Baby Birds / Animals

Resist the temptation to "save" baby animals such as birds, deer, or foxes that you may find alone in the woods.  The mother is likely watching from a safe distance and will not return until you are gone.  If you're really concerned that an animal looks injured or unwell, contact your local game warden or a wildlife rehabilitator.

 

Dead Bird

If you find a dead bird, please report it by callling the Vermont Department of Health at 1-800-913-1139, Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm.

 

Endangered and Threatened Animals

List of Endangered and Threatened animals in Vermont

List of Rare and Uncommon animals in Vermont

 

Endangered and Threatened Plants

List of Endangered and Threatened plants in Vermont

List of Rare and Uncommon plants in Vermont

 

Gathering Edible / Medicinal Plants on State Lands

Vermont Ginseng Certification Program

When gathering in Vermont, be sure you're not collecting off-limits species.  Check the Fish & Wildlife Departments's Endangered and Threatened webpage to make sure your collection is within regulations.

 

Injured or Orphaned Wildlife

Visit the Fish & Wildlife web site to learn what to do with injured or orphaned wildlife BEFORE you act.  For the wellbeing of all wildlife in Vermont and for your own safety, taking a wild animal into captivity is illegal.

 

Invasive Species

Threats from Invasive Species

Aquatic Invasive Species

Vermont Invasives website

Report invasive plant species

Report invasive tree pests

 

Plants in Vermont

Plant life in Vermont is beautiful and diverse, ranging from tiny mosses to giant trees.  Here you can find descriptions of popular flowers and trees in Vermont state parks.  Several other useful resources are the Database of Wildflowers for VermontNative Plants in Northern New EnglandCommon Ferns of Vermont, and Vermont's Big Trees.

 

Rabies

Avoid any animal that exhibits strange behavior.  Don't try and trap or capture the animals yourself.  More information about rabies in Vermont and protecting yourself from the disease.

If an animal bites you, wash the wound immediately and call your doctor.  You may also call 1-800-4-RABIES (1-800-472-2437) to report the bite and learn more about next steps after possible rabies exposure.

 

Reporting Bats

Reporting Nuisance Wildlife

Report nuisance wildlife

Resources for help with nuisance wildlife

 

Wetland Plants

Wetland Plants

 

 Wildlife Rehabilitators

Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitators

Becoming a wildlife rehabilitator

What to do about injured or orphaned wildlife