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April 21, 2011

'Outdoor Journal' Season May 3 on VPT

The opening story of Vermont Public Television’s “Outdoor Journal” season will have viewers itching to get outside, as host Lawrence Pyne shares a perfect spring day with a friend in the woods and on the water.

On Tuesday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m., outdoorsman and writer Pyne returns as host of VPT’s series. Six new half-hour programs will travel the state to feature people who love Vermont’s outdoors and find some of the best places to hunt, fish and appreciate nature. Programs are repeated Saturdays at 10 a.m.

On the May 3 program, Leighton Wass of Adamant, Vt., spends a day with Pyne. In the morning, they’re combing the woods for prized morel mushrooms. Wass offers advice on how to find these tasty wild edibles and offers important cautions for the novice. In the afternoon, Pyne and Wass are in Groton State Forest fly fishing for wild brook trout on the pond near Seyon Lodge. Another story in the program visits one of the state’s Wildlife Management Areas, Bird Mountain in Rutland County. Here, biologist Doug Blodgett shows diverse habitats for wildlife, including a home for peregrine falcons. The program ends with a nighttime trip with Fish and Wildlife Department researchers on Lake St. Catherine, also in Rutland County. Biologist Shawn Good and his team use electrofishing to survey the population of bass, an increasingly important species in Vermont.

The May 10 program finds Lawrence Pyne on Lake Champlain, showing why crappies are becoming a favorite sport fish; a visit to Victory Basin Wildlife Management Area, with deer, moose and spruce grouse; and the shorebird show on the mudflats of Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area in Addison.

Among other stories in the new season are: restoration of the trout-fishing mecca, the Batten Kill; a high school course in taxidermy; landowners learning how to provide habitat for wildlife; data collection to manage the white-tailed deer population; and nighttime ice fishing.

“VPT’s Outdoor Journal” is intended to foster appreciation and respect for the environment and working landscape, and the program’s call-in specials offer viewers a chance to be involved in community affairs.

Producer of the program is Neil Hilt. Production funding is provided by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. Additional funding is provided by Remo and Peter Pizzagalli.

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Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: April 21, 2011 16:35:50