• Welcome to FOVLAP’s newest blog!  Here we share news of how Vermont’s lake and watershed associations translate knowledge into action as we collaborate to protect water quality.  Please let us know if you have a story to contribute or you have a shore land problem area you need help with. …

Meet The Neighbors: Introducing The Zooplankton

We’ve completed our visits with lake phytoplankton and are ready to begin with a new group – the zooplankton. The term ‘zooplankton’ is a general one that refers to all of the very small swimming life found in lakes, ponds, and marine environments. Most zooplankton are microscopic, but some are …

Climate Changes: Local and Global

These last few weeks I have been thinking about climate change. I am a gardener and small fruit grower as well as a bee keeper. My property is just outside Montpelier, located in a small narrow north-south running valley. Our winters have always come a little earlier and lasted a …

Meet The Neighbors: Red Algae

There is one last group of algae that you may encounter in Vermont waters, the Rhodophyta or red algae. Red algae are …

It’s Amphibian Time!

It’s spring and love is in the air! If you are a frog or salamander, that means you’ll be heading for the …

Spring Planting Fever!

It’s that time of year again. The time when I walk in urban areas peering into gardens and under shrubbery, looking for …

Meet the Neighbors: Dinoflagellates

Dinoflagellates are a group of microscopic mostly unicellular algae that are found in freshwater and marine environments worldwide. While we don’t hear …

Learn From Local Naturalists

The dark days of winter are finally lengthening, but there are still plenty of long winter nights ahead. Why not learn a …

NALMS Resources Available to Non-Members

The North American Lake Management Society is a lake-focused group composed of lake scientists, policy makers, volunteers, residents, and visitors. Their mission …

Finding Treasure

Today’s post was inspired by a compendium of one of my favorite cartoon strips – Calvin and Hobbes. It’s called “There’s Treasure …