Salisbury Conservation News
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Four natural history programs are scheduled in Salisbury in June and July as part of a series of events to celebrate our 250th birthday. For details, visit http://conservation.townofsalisbury.org/?page_id=1491. All programs are free and open to the public, no registration is required. Continue reading →
Jim Andrews has gone through the results of Salisbury’s 2010 Wildlife Tally and compiled lists of all the species that were observed and those that we might have missed. The year-long tally of 203 species included 31 mammals, 136 birds, 6 reptiles, 16 amphibians, and 15 fishes. Lists of all the species can be seen in the posts that immediately precede this one (they appear lower on the list at right). Continue reading →
Below is a list of vertebrate wildlife species that did not get included in Salisbury’s 2010 Wildlife Tally. Jim Andrews thinks that these species could be found in town. If you encounter any of these animals in Salisbury in the coming years, please add them to our tally. Some of these species are common in Salisbury and just got overlooked, but others will be very hard to find. We hope to grow the tally from 203 species to 250 by the year 2020. Continue reading →
Here are the six species of reptile found in Salisbury in 2010. There are six other species not observed that could be present here (see list here).
Below are the 16 species of amphibians observed in Salisbury in 2010. We might also find two other salamanders, Jefferson salamander and mudpuppy in town.
|Northern leopard frog||Frogs|
|Eastern red-backed salamander||Salamanders|
|Northern dusky salamander||Salamanders|
|Northern two-lined salamander||Salamanders|
The 15 species of fishes observed in Salisbury in 2010. There are probably 25 other fish species in Salisbury that we did not see in 2010 (see list here).
|Black crappie||Bass & Sunfish|
|Largemouth bass||Bass & Sunfish|
|Pumkinseed||Bass & Sunfish|
|Rock bass||Bass & Sunfish|
|Smallmouth bass||Bass & Sunfish|
Last year, residents of Salisbury were invited to record all of their observations of vertebrate wildlife at a special page on this website. About 40 people submitted almost 400 observations during the course of the year. The observations included 203 different species of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Most of these species were birds (see figure at left). Our tally probably did a much better job representing birds compared to some of Salisbury’s other animals because all that flying and singing makes birds more conspicuous than the other groups. Vermont has about 200 bird species which breed in the state, so our tally of 136 species probably missed quite a few that spend time in Salisbury. But we might have missed even more species of fish.
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There are more species of fish in the world and in North America than are in any of the other vertebrate groups. Our tally included observations of most of the important game fish in Salisbury, but probably missed many smaller species. We also missed a few mammals, especially some mice and shrew species, but also beaver. Continue reading →
Salisbury is tucked between the Green Mountains and the Champlain Valley, and both of these landscapes have much to offer to the large wildlife species we see in town. Moose, deer, bear, coyote, and bobcat take advantage of the unbroken forest in the mountains, but also depend on the mild climates, fertile habitats, and diverse vegetation in the valley. In completely wild environments, the daily or seasonal migration between critical habitats follows natural corridors where travel is easy or safe. In developed landscapes, Continue reading →