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University of Vermont Campus
Burlington, Vermont 05405
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Snowy Owl (2017-18)
Photo by Allan Strong

About University of Vermont Campus
The northern extent of the University of Vermont campus is the Trinity campus just on the north side of Colchester Avenue. The university grounds extend south to the Redstone campus, bordering Burlington Country Club. On North Prospect Street, the Waterman building is the main administrative building at the western end of campus and East Avenue and Spear Street demark the eastern side of campus. Parking can be challenging. Visitor Parking is located on College Street across from the Waterman Building and there is a parking fee. If you are on campus early, there is free parking on Prospect Street south of the intersection with Main Street.

The UVM campus supports over 2,500 trees and was designated a “Tree Campus” by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The diversity of landscaping creates a habitat for a wide variety of birds, particularly in spring and fall migration. One of the best birding spots is the walk south from Main Street to the Redstone campus where the campus abuts residential housing to the west. Redstone Pines have supported nesting Merlins, and the stormwater retention ponds near the Redstone Lofts often have good bird activity. The ornamental conifers (Norway spruce in particular) supported a long-staying group of Red Crossbills during the 2020-21 invasion, and are good places to look for Cape May Warblers in spring and fall. Crabapple trees are planted in many places across campus: the university green, the athletic campus, Living Learning Center, and the Medical Center are good places to look for Bohemian Waxwings and Pine Grosbeaks in winter. Arguably UVM’s most famous avian visitor was a Snowy Owl that spent most of the 2017-18 winter on campus. It regularly roosted on the Bertha M. Terrill Building where it was seen by hundreds (if not thousands) of students.
From Allan Strong