Wildlife and Plants:
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- Animals in Vermont
- Baby Birds / Animals
- Dead Bird
- Endangered and Threatened Animals
- Endangered and Threatened Plants
- Gathering Edible / Medicinal Plants on State Lands
- Injured or Orphaned Wildlife
- Invasive Species
- Plants in Vermont
- Reporting Bats
- Reporting Nuisance Wildlife
- Wetland Plants
- Wildlife Rehabilitators
Vermont is home to many different types of animals. Some animals live here all year, while some only stay for certain seasons.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Vermont, Native Plants in Northern New England, Common Ferns of Vermont, and Vermont's Big Trees.
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.