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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bigyearFriday, January 9, 2015
The Photo Big Year: A Quest to Photograph North America's Birds

For the past two years, Tyler Pockette has been working as a seasonal field biologist in San Diego, California, where he studies migrating birds passing through the Yuha Desert. The rest of Tyler’s year is spent back in his home state of Vermont, where he spends most of his time birding for play, not pay. Join him on his final year of working in Southern California as he attempts to photograph as many species of birds as possible in a calendar year. There will be plenty of beautiful photographs and stories of travel, rare birds, and disappointing misses as he makes the 3,000-mile drive four times per year from the far Northeast corner of the country through some of the nation’s most bird diverse territory, to the far Southwest corner, racking up hundreds of bird species along the way.  

Friday, January 23, 2015
Botswana: A Gift of Life

Botswana is more than just the setting for the Ladies’ Detective Agency series—even if much of that delightful portrayal holds true. In three weeks of traveling during the “green” (rainy) season, we saw 175 new species of birds and many species of large animals. Even more impressive, however, were both the landscapes and the remarkable people of Botswana. In particular, the guides we had were exceptional—gifted naturalists and wonderful human beings. If you’ve ever considered going to Botswana, there has never been a better time than now. If you haven’t yet been tempted, don’t attend this Naturalist Journey.... John Snell will have you ready to hop straight on an airplane!


NorwayFriday, February 6, 2015
Naked in Norway: Backpacking Above the Arctic Circle

In the Arctic, Bryan Pfeiffer and Ruth Einstein discover that Willow Ptarmigans utter the craziest song ever, that a cloudberry tastes like an apricot-mango smoothie, that the planet is warming, and that the eternal sun exposes profound beauty and biodiversity so far north of the Equator.


thrasherFriday, February 13, 2015
Avian Conservation in the Caribbean

Kate Freeman spent two breeding seasons in St. Lucia, West Indies, studying the behavior and survival of an endangered songbird — the White-breasted Thrasher (Ramphocinclus brachyurus). This West Indian endemic, found solely on the islands of Martinique and St. Lucia, is threatened by development and habitat loss. Freeman's research examines cooperative breeding behavior, in the context of conservation, for this species.


CJFriday February 27, 2015
ICE SHIP: The Epic Voyages of the Polar Adventurer Fram

In the golden age of polar exploration, over 100 years ago, many an expedition set out to answer the big question: what exists beyond the barrier of ice in the Arctic Ocean? No one knew, for the ice had kept its secret well. Norway’s charismatic scientist-explorer Fridtjof Nansen, convinced that it was a frozen ocean, intended to prove it in a novel if risky way: by building a ship capable of withstanding the ice, drifting wherever it took them, on a relentless one-way journey into discovery and fame . . . or oblivion. Join former Vermont State Naturalist Charles Johnson as he discusses the journeys of this vessel, the topic of his latest book: ICE SHIP.



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