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!

BirdFEST!
Join us for our 6th annual celebration of Birds!

INBU

Saturday, May 27, 2017

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

 


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Upcoming Programs


BirdFEST!
Join us for our 6th annual celebration of Birds!

INBU

Saturday, May 27, 2017

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


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, May 26, Middlesex Notch (directions)

Boreal Birds at Moose Bog
Saturday, June 24, 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $25 members, $35 nonmembers
Black-backed Woodpecker, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee and Spruce Grouse beckon from Moose Bog and other spots in the Northeast Kingdom. Enjoy a breeding season outing in search of the "boreal grand slam" and other northern species. Carpool from Montpelier.

Bird Banding Demonstration
Saturday, July 15, arrive anytime from 6:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Fee: Donations welcomed.
Get a behind the scenes glimpse of banding in action. We catch, measure and band a variety of songbirds to study their survivorship and reproductive success. A rare chance to see beautiful birds up close. 


cockoftherockAmazing Ecuador: Birding in Paradise
March 18 - 31, 2018
Price: TBA

Spend 14 days birding in one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. Over 1,500 species of birds call Ecuador home, including a whopping 134 hummingbird species alone. We will cover everything from the paramo grassland above tree line to lush tropical rainforest, visiting renowned birding areas including Yanacocha, Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Cabanas San Isidro and Guacamayos Ridge. We pay a special visit to Paz de las Aves, where Andean Cock-of-the-Rock display and    several species of antpitta show up looking for a handout of worms every morning. We will also descend into the lowlands, where we’ll   travel by boat from Coca, down the Napo River to the remote Sani Lodge. With birds like the Shining Sunbeam, Sword-billed Hummingbird and Toucan Barbet, we will truly be birding in paradise! Please contact Chip at chip@NorthBranchNatureCenter.org for more information.

 

 


North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street, Montpelier VT 05602
(802) 229-6206
info@northbranchnaturecenter.org

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