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Foliage-Loving Influencers Turn Life in Vermont Town Into Hell

The town of Pomfret is restricting access to a popular photo spot after complaints of excessive traffic, trespassing, and noise. -    Rhea Nayyar   One of thousands of photos capturing the idyllic Sleepy Hollow Farm in Pomfret, Vermont (photo by Anthony Quintano via Flickr ) Hold off on the riding boots and camel-brown scarves! One exasperated New England town has officially approved temporary vehicle restrictions on two roads after a plot of private property became a worldwide content farm for what’s known as “ Christian Girl Autumn ,” a curated social media aesthetic centered on the beauty of changing leaves, fall attire, seasonal treats, and cozy vibes. The town of Pomfret, Vermont, has seen an unprecedented surge in fall foliage fans, known as “peepers,” since its Sleepy Hollow Farm became an influencer destination in recent years. However, complaints of trespassing, invasive drone activity, littering, a

Inspiration = BEAR, Otis

Yup, that is the bear OTIS 

[The legendary brown bear Otis is a quintessential example of longevity and adaptability in bears.]

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Otis: An Inspiration

Do your favorite live cam friends inspire you to take care of the world? Animals like Otis have a devoted following, so might their influence directly impact conservation efforts?

Our resident naturalist Mike Fitz along with his research colleagues sought to answer this very question, and their findings are illuminating. Much of their research is collected from viewers.

The research paper summary is available on our blog, and the full-length paper can be viewed here.



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