Entries by Dave Mance III

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Credit Robert Frost for the proverb “Good fences make good neighbors.” This may actually be true. I would fine-tune it and add that good electric fences make good, cautious neighbors and can supply a fair amount of entertainment. This windfall of amusement was discovered with the electrification of the fences around our farm when I […]

EAB monitoring in full swing

Henry Martinka, from Shaftsbury, prepares to hang an ermerald ash borer (EAB) trap in his back meadow. The trap is designed to provide data that will help monitor the bugs’ spread.  Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is an invasive insect from Asia that was first detected in Vermont in 2018. It’s currently been detected in […]

If, by chance,

you found a baby barred owl hatchling in the grass beneath a nest that was 30-feet-up in a dead white pine — way too high to climb — you might find a nearby tree cavity that you could reach and stow the little one in there. Feed it freshly trapped, chopped-up mice. Wait for the […]