The word Missisquoi is derived from an Abenaki word that means "abundance of waterfowl". We did indeed see evidence of a healthy waterfowl population, we were also serenaded non-stop by a plethora of songbirds. But, without question, the most impressive show at Missisquoi is the insect life! You need to step lightly & thoughtfully, and make your best attempt at remaining quiet & peaceful. Keep your eyes focused, and you will be rewarded with glimpses of some of the loveliest specimens the bug world has to offer. We were constantly being led by a small battalion of red dragonflies, they skimmed along just ahead of us, like dolphins playing in the wake off the bow of a boat. They appeared inquisitive, and were the perfect tour guides!
I can't end without mentioning the other wild ambassadors that greeted us on our travels throughout the refuge, we were welcomed by cottontails, amphibians galore, a large healthy snake circling (and entering) the loo! (aka the toilet facility), deer, and enough scat & tracks to keep even the most seasoned tracker busy with his nose to the ground.
If you are lucky enough to live in Vermont, it is certainly worth your while to take a day to explore the extensive trail systems of the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, it is not to be missed. If you don't live in Vermont but find yourself meandering about on a meadow's trail, near a bog, swamp, or wetland... focus your attention just a little bit deeper, to the smallest of the small, to the unseen perfection of the insect world. They are ready to dazzle!
**Photographs are originals by Josh**