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As the KNP Complex Fire approaches, U.S. Forest Service firefighters Heron Hilbach-Barger and Jackie Materne, left, clear vegetation around the Ash Mountain headquarters in Sequoia National Park, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. The blaze is burning near the Giant Forest, home to more than 2,000 giant sequoias. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

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As the KNP Complex Fire approaches, U.S. Forest Service firefighters Armando Flores, right, and Heron Hilbach-Barger clear vegetation around structures at the Ash Mountain headquarters in Sequoia National Park, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. The blaze is burning near the Giant Forest, home to more than 2,000 giant sequoias. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

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Carlene Ness walks on a road along the Salton Sea in Desert Shores, Calif., Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Ness moved to the area in 1999 with her husband, who has since passed away. They were attracted by the abundant wildlife and the boating docks along the shore, which have since dried up. Longtime residents like Ness miss when eared grebes, cormorants and white and brown pelicans were more abundant. “The noise was awesome,” she said. “That’s what everybody bought for, and we have to fight for it.” (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2020 file photo, an egret flies over a bask of caiman on the banks of the almost dried up Bento Gomes river, in the Pantanal wetlands near Pocone, Mato Grosso state, Brazil. The Pantanal is the world's largest tropical wetlands, popular for viewing jaguars, along with caiman, capybara and more. In 2020 the Pantanal was exceptionally dry and burning at a record rate. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

Loons nesting along lake shorelines are susceptible to human disturbance, and their nests can be flooded and destroyed by motorboat wakes.

Bird feeders offer an easy and safe way to interact with wildlife, but installing them after December 1 limits the potential to attract bears.

Many of Vermont's resident bird species, such as this hairy woodpecker, stay close to home, where there's less competition for available food.

Vermont leads the nation in residents who participate in bird watching. Feeding birds in winter is a great way to enjoy seeing wildlife from y…