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
Admission by Donation
Friday, January 13, 2017
The Rise and Fall of the Timber Rattlesnake. Author and Naturalist, Ted Levin will discuss a six-year inquiry into the natural and not-so-natural history of the timber rattlesnake. Ted looks at the biology and the conservation efforts in New England, to protect timber rattlesnakes, as well as the misguided attempts to destroy them or to take them home as a pet.
“[A]s darkness congealed over the talus, barred owls and coyotes sent vespers across the river while the stuttering call of an eastern screech owl wafted over the rocks. In early October, if the temperature remains warm, homebound rattlesnakes stay on the talus; if the temperature falls, they go under, braided together like so many twists of licorice.”
Friday, January 27, 2017
John O’Meara, Associate Professor of Physics at Saint Michael’s College will excite viewers with a question that has inspired humanity: "Are we alone in the universe?” Through new technologies and theories, astronomers are on the verge of being able to answer this question. In this talk, I will describe our current efforts to search for planets like Earth around Sun-like stars in the Galaxy, and the tools and telescopes we will use to see if life exists on them.
February 10, 2017
Reporting from the frontiers of Planet Earth, Bryan Pfeiffer and Ruth Einstein have already brought you “Naked in Norway” and “Naked in the Grand Canyon.” Now, direct from home, Bryan and Ruth bring you “Naked in Montpelier.” You’ll discover the odd and shocking wildlife that swims, slithers, walks, hops, flies or just sits there as the rest of us go about our lives in the capital city. This will be a revealing portrait of the wild in our own backyards. (Rated PG for “Politely Graphic.”)
Friday, February 24, 2017
Leif Richardson, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Gund Institute, UVM Vermont has >250 species of native bees, many of which are important pollinators of wild and cultivated plants. These wild bee species may be threatened by land use change, pesticides, disease, climate change, and competition with honey bees. Leif will discuss how we know when insect species are of conservation concern, and recent efforts to protect declining bee pollinators in Vermont and beyond.
March 3, 2017
Kimberly Royar, Wildlife Biologist for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department will walk through the history of land use in Vermont since pre-settlement times and discuss how changes to the distribution of forests, farms, and development have influenced the populations of species like bobcat, beaver, wolves, coyotes, lynx and marten.
For more information about these and other programs and events contact NBNC at email@example.com
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