Pond Mountain Inn

A Vermont Bed and Breakfast Complete with Dramatic Mountain Views


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Wildlife in Wells Vermont – Porcupines

The Porcupine is mostly active at night and nocturnal. It spends most of its time finding food, and resting in trees. They have a natural craving for salt and will gnaw on the dropped antlers of deer to obtain minerals. When they are born their quills are very soft for just an hour. It is believed that a porcupine can throw its quills when confronted, but that is not true, the quills release when coming in contact with another an animal.

We watched this little guy in the photo stroll from the bottom of the property up the mountain behind us… porcupines are very “house” destructive. Quick story.. we heard one gnawing under our house one night at 12:30AM!

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Merck Forest Event – Owl Presentation and Hike February 2020

Merck Forest Event – Owl Presentation and Hike. The evening begins with a presentation about the owls found in our region and then the group will hike out to find some of these magnificent raptors. Saturday, February 22 @ 4:00 – 6:00 pm ($5.00) Learn more Here

Merck Forest Farmland Center is a non profit educational organization located at Rupert, Vermont, only 30 minutes from Pond Mountain Inn. Their mission is to inspire and teach others about  natural and working lands sustainability.

See more events and presentations Here

Include a visit to Merck Forest on your Dorset/Manchester Day Trip!


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There’s Something Special About This Beaver Pond and Lodge – Look Closely

During our recent trip to Waitsfield for yak meat we discovered this beaver lodge standing nearly seven feet tall! But, that’s not the entire story… the most interesting part of our discovery was the shallow beaver-engineered pond – just look at the lower left corner of the photo. This large family of beavers constructed an entire ecosystem to live and raise their pups! We’re always stumbling upon something fascinating here in Vermont!


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Wildlife In Wells Vermont – Owls

Our Neighbor Just Over The Mountain from Pond Mountain Inn captured this little guy! It is always a treat to see Owls in our area of Wells, Vermont and we have a variety consisting of  the Short-eared Owl, Eastern Screech-owl, Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl, Long-eared Owl and the Northern Saw-whet Owl.  Fact: Owls adaptation for survival in the winter is amazing! Some begin their nesting season here in February!
Thanks Jim for sharing this photo!


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Wildlife In Vermont – Wild Turkeys

Down the road from Pond Mountain Inn, we spotted a group of wild turkeys while out for a chilly winter walk. Wild Turkeys in a group is called a flock , whereas a group of domesticated turkeys are known as a rafter or gang. The wild turkeys live and travel together primarily on foot, occasionally taking short flights to escape predators. Their long legs are strong enough to enable them to run 25 miles per hour. and they can fly at 30 to 35 miles per hour!

Learn More About Wild Turkeys  from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

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Discover Nature and Wildlife At The Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences in Quechee Vermont

 

The Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences located at Quechee, Vermont is extraordinary!

The VINS (Vermont Institute of Natural Science ) is a nonprofit environmental education, avian rehabilitation and research organization supported by members.

We spent a half day at their incredible 47 acre campus which is open year round, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. It offers “state-of-the-art raptor enclosures, exhibit spaces, classrooms, and interpretive nature trails”, and a beautiful Forest Canopy Walk.

See what else Quechee has to offer on our Woodstock / Quechee • Day Trip: Itinerary


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A Birdwatchers Paradise In Vermont Minutes From Pond Mountain Inn

Pileated woodpeckers are the largest of the common woodpeckers found in most of North America. With a height of almost 20 inches and a 30 inch wingspan makes it easy to spot while hiking. A recent guest was looking for a nice hike that offered stunning views so we sent her to The Mount Equinox summit, only 35 minutes from Pond Mountain Inn!

 


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Extraordinary Hummingbird Rescue In Vermont

While enjoying a delightful summer evening with one of our guests, we watched the Hummingbirds playing and feeding when one whizzed by and slammed directly into the picture window behind us! We instinctively leapt from our Adirondack chairs only to find this poor bird on the ground with no visible signs of life. John, one of our frequent guests, and a wonderful photographer picked up our tiny new friend and held it in his hand. John was eager to get his camera, but he had the bird, so I grabbed my phone and began taking pictures.

As I continued photographing, our friendly little bird gradually regained his composure, righted himself and kept us company for fifteen minutes. He was clearly enjoying himself and was in no hurry to leave, but it was time to delicately return him to the feeder. He stepped from John’s hand and perched himself comfortably and within a few moments he was quickly tormented by his buddies – they are very territorial and seek control of the feeder. He grabbed a quick drink and returned home….

This goes on from dawn to dusk and is always fascinating to watch. We look forward to their return to Pond Mountain Inn every May!