Birdwatching Programs

They're colorful. They're musical. They are present year-round and can be found almost anywhere on the planet. It's no wonder that birds have fascinated people for generations. NBNC has a rich history of offering birding programs to the public for both recreation as well as research. Be sure to explore the "Birding" section of our site to learn about the many ways you can get involved in birding with NBNC.

Birding at NBNC

With a variety of habitats, from the NBNC's open fields to the riparian forests, birdlife thrives at this wildlife sanctuary in the middle of Montpelier. Over 155 species have been observed on the property, which hosts a diversity of productive habitats. As you walk through the fields, you may hear Savannah Sparrows singing from the tall grass or see Tree Swallows soaring overhead. As you arrive at the field's edge, the lively calls of American Redstarts and Chestnut-sided Warblers ring from the treetops. And as you stop at a riverside bench to enjoy the scenery, a Belted Kingfisher may fly by as it searches for fish on the wing. Grab your binoculars and come on down to the North Branch Nature Center to enjoy central Vermont birding at its best!

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Join us for our 6th annual celebration of Birds!


Saturday, May 27, 2017

» Bird Walks and Workshops
» Live Raptors
» Kids Activities
» Bird Banding Demo
» Bird House Building
» Photo Contest & More!


Upcoming Programs

Woodcock Watch (rescheduled, new date!)
Wednesday, May 3, 7:45 p.m.
Fee: $5 members, $10 nonmembers
It’s spring and love is in the air - literally! We will listen and watch for the dramatic courtship flight of the American Woodcock, a sandpiper which nests along the North Branch. With luck, we may also be serenaded by Wilson’s Snipe and we’re sure to hear a chorus of Spring Peepers.

Spring Migration Bird Walks
7:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Fee: $10, free for members
Explore NBNC and other local hotspots for spring migrants, such as warblers, vireos, thrushes and waterfowl. Learn birding basics, expand your birding ear and discover more.
     Friday, April 28, NBNC
     Saturday, May 6, Cow Pasture (directions)
     Friday, May 19, NBNC
     Friday, May 26, Middlesex Notch (directions)

Berlin Pond Birding
Saturday, April 29, 6:30 - 11:30 a.m. 
Fee: $20 members, $25 nonmembers
Berlin Pond and the surrounding area, is a great location for migrating song birds, waterfowl, loons, herons, and much more! Call us to register and learn about carpooling options.

hoodedwarblerMigration at Magee Marsh
Friday, May 5 - Friday, May 12
Fee: $1,650 (sharing a double); $2,250 (single room)
Magee Marsh in Ohio is a prime destination for birders looking to experience the marvels of warbler migration in spring. Three dozen species of warblers have been recorded in the area and plenty of shorebirds, raptors and waterfowl only help to sweeten the experience. The sheer number of individual birds and their close proximity (no warbler neck!) are a thrill to behold. Vermonters will also appreciate the western/southern species that range east to Ohio, including Trumpeter Swan, Prothonotary and Hooded Warblers, Lark and Henslow's Sparrows. Trip fee includes lodging, van transportation in Ohio, continental breakfast and guiding (but not airfare or other food). $250 deposit upon registration.


And stay tuned for details about an upcoming birding trip to Ecuador in 2018!


North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street, Montpelier VT 05602
(802) 229-6206

Open Monday - Friday, 9am to 4pm
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