North Branch Nature Center’s
Naturalist Journeys Slide Show and Lecture Series

All programs start at 7:00 pm at the Unitarian Church on Main Street in Montpelier, across from the Kellogg-Hubbard Library

Donations welcomed.
Food and beverages will be available

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The below lectures were for our 2014 speakers
The line-up for our 2015 lectures will be posted here shortly.

Friday, January 24, 2014
Dark Times for Bats

Bats in North America are in grave jeopardy. Foremost among the threats they face is white-nose syndrome, a new fungal disease that first showed up near Albany, New York in 2006. It has since spread to nearly all of the eastern, southern, and midwestern states, and is moving rapidly across Canada, as well. White-nose syndrome is pushing several bat species to the brink of extinction, which could have ripple effects on farms, forests and human health.  Wildlife biologist Mollie Matteson, a conservation advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity, will talk about why bats are important and the multiple threats to bat survival, including not only disease, but also pesticides, climate change and large-scale wind energy. 

Friday, January 31, 2014
Vermont's Bird Atlas: A Story from 56,000 Observations

Over 300 Vermonters traversed fields and forests, marshes and mountains to collect data for the Vermont Breeding Bird Atlas. Rosalind Renfrew will share results from the state's largest inventory of bird life, with a focus on changes in Vermont's bird communities during the last 30 years.


InsectEatFriday, February 7, 2014
Eat More Bugs
: Entomophagy in Vermont For a New Protein Paradigm

The dietary use and creation of protein in Vermont has been rough on the land and watersheds and has adversely impacted biodiversity. In this lecture, Rachael Young will explore insect protein, and its current and historical ecological effects, for human health and environmental conservation. Beginning with a historical perspective through the eyes of early conservationist and Vermonter George Perkins Marsh, with humans as a geologic force upon nature, this lecture is a call to action for conservation-based diets that go beyond sustainability.

Friday, February 21, 2014
Summer's Glory in Alaska

The problem with Alaska is there is too much to see and do. John Snell and Rob Spring will share some of their experiences—and many fabulous photographs—from a trip they made in the Summer of 2012. Both are excellent photographers and Rob lived in Alaska for five years, traveling extensively, in the 1970s. They will show the "tip of the iceberg"—literally and figuratively, a small, beautiful and informative slice—of this remarkably diverse state. 


CJFriday March 7, 2014
Timber Rattlesnakes of the Appalachian Highlands: Icons for Conservation

The timber rattlesnake is one of the few remaining icons for wild places in the eastern US. In the presentation, Christopher Jenkins, founder and CEO of the Orianne Society will give an overview of their biology and talk specifically about their status in New England including our efforts to conserve the species in Vermont.


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Paul P. Hanlon, Attorney




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