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Spring 2014

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North Branch Trekkers - Afterschool Program
Thursdays, 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Fee per session: $29 members, $32 nonmembers
If you missed the start date you are not too late! Students in grades 4 through 7 can still join teacher-naturalist Ken Benton for the winter/spring session of the North Branch Trekkers outdoor based after school program. We'll explore the magnificent green spaces of Montpelier while practicing outdoor living skills, tracking, and wildlife monitoring. We are now offering the program at a prorated per session cost, depending upon your child's start date. Learn more about trekkers.

Create a Biodiverse Garden for Ecological Resilience
Friday, April 18, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Fee: $5
Biodiversity is the foundation of ecological soil, plant, pest management, and thus, ecological resilience. In this presentation, Dr. Wendy Sue Harper will teach strategies for creating more beautiful, biodiverse, and thus resilient gardens. Dr. Harper teaches agricultural biodiversity at Green Mountain College. This program is sponsored by the Central Vermont Master Gardeners.

April Vacation Nature Camp (for grades K-3)
Monday-Wednesday, April 21,22 & 23, 8:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $125, member, $140, nonmember, for 3 days or $45 m, $50 nm for individual days
Spring is a great time to explore the Nature Center. Join us for 1 to 3 days of spring nature adventures and activities. Daily topics include:
    Mon. 4/21 - “A ‘Jump’ Start on Spring” (Amphibians)
    Tues. 4/22 - “Earth Day in Action”
    Wed. 4/23 - “Wandering Wildlife” (Birds & mammals)

Birding By Ear Mini-Course
Tuesdays, April 22 & 29, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays, April 26 & May 3, 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Fee: $165 members, $180 nonmembers
Identifying birds by song is one of the most useful skills you can add to your birding repertoire. In this course, we’ll learn tips and tricks to help remember the multitude of bird songs, including tools and resources to help you continue your learning beyond the course. We’ll also discuss how and why birds sing. The course will culminate with a trip into the field to put our new-found skills to the test!

Spring Migration Bird Walks
Fridays, 7:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Fee: $10, free for members
Explore NBNC and other local birding hot spots for spring migrants, such as warblers, vireos, thrushes and waterfowl. Call for directions to meeting locations.
    April 25 North Branch Nature Center
    May 2 New Shelter, Hubbard Park (map)
    May 9 North Branch Nature Center
    May 16 Sodom Pond, Adamant (directions)
    May 23 North Branch Nature Center
    May 30 Sparrow Farm-carpool from NBNC
    June 6 New Shelter, Hubbard Park (map)

Woodcock Watch
Thursday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 members, $8 nonmembers
It’s spring and love is in the air - literally! We’ll 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 Birding in Cape May, NJ
May 8-12, 2014
Fee: $585 members, $635 nonmembers
For over a decade, NBNC has brought groups of teens and young adults to Cape May for the World Series of Birding.  Now, for the first time, we’re offering a trip for adults at a more leisurely pace.  We’ll lodge in a cabin in the heart of Belleplain State Forest, where Summer Tanagers and Yellow-throated Warblers will replace our alarm clocks.  Cape May is spring birding at it’s best… please let us know if you are interested!

Mother's Day Wildflower Walk
Sunday, May 11, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Fee: $10 adults, $5 kids, free for members
Come join us on a wonderful walk for all ages on this day to honor the beauty that lies within our mothers and our wildflowers. We'll take a walk through the meadows and woods
along the North Branch to view our spring flora and learn the folklore behind names of these beautiful, yet ephemeral, wildflowers. Moms, families, plant lovers - and dads too - are invited to join us on this easy and enjoyable walk.

The Devil's Cormorant: A Natural History
Thursday, May 29, 7:00 p.m.
Fee: Donations Welcome
Join author Richard J. King as he discusses his latest book, The Devil's Cormorant: A Natural History. Silent, still, cruciform, and brooding; flashing, soaring, quick as a snake: behold the cormorant. Long a symbol of gluttony, greed, bad luck, and evil, the cormorant has led a troubled existence in human history, myth, and literature. In his book and talk, King takes us back in time and around the world to show us the history, nature, ecology, and economy of the world’s most misunderstood waterfowl.

3rd Annual BirdFest!
Saturday, May 31, 7:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Bird walks & workshops; Live raptors; Kids activities; Bird banding demo; Bird Carving; Bird Art Displays; and much more! Check back soon for a full schedule!

Birds & Brews
Saturday, June 14, meet at the trailhead at 6:30 a.m.
Fee: $30 members, $40 nonmembers
See birds. Drink beer. The concept is brilliant in its simplicity! For our inaugural “Birds & Brews” event, we’ll be hiking Mount Abraham (5.8 miles, 2550 ft elev. gain) to look for Bicknkell’s Thrush and other high-elevation species, followed by a trip to Bobcat Brewery and Café. Proceeds benefit NBNC, cost of beer not included.

Educating Children Outdoors: Lyndon State College Summer Course
Monday, July 14 - Friday, July 18
This course will provide opportunities for teachers to apply integrated academic curricula beyond the classroom to the outdoors for exploration, experimentation, creativity, and personal growth. Email Amy or visit to learn more or to register.

Please call 229-6206 for more info and to register

What's Next

Amphibian Crossing Brigades

Spring Peeper

Tuesday, 4/22
Moderate chance of rain, migration likely.

Learn more about how you can help amphibians.

Summer Camp Registration
Registration Now Open!

Summer Camp

Woods and water explorations, games, hikes, live animals, nature study, crafts, friends and fun! We've been offering fun, exciting and educational nature camps for children for nearly 15 years.Visit the camps page to register now.

Birding By Ear Mini-Course

meadowlarkTues., April 22 & 29, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Sat., April 26 & May 3, 7 - 11 a.m.

Identifying birds by song is one of the most useful skills you can add to your birding repertoire. In this course, we’ll learn tips and tricks to help remember the multitude of bird songs, including tools and resources to help you continue your learning beyond the course. We’ll also discuss how and why birds sing.

Click here to learn more.

Chestnut-sided WarblerBuy "Bird-Friendly"

Order your bird-friendly coffee through NBNC and save on shipping! You'll be supporting the Nature Center, the birds, and the farmers who grow this sustainably produced product. All orders can be picked up from the Nature Center. Click here to download an order form.

Birding Cape May, NJ
May 8-12, 2014

Hooded WarblerWe've brought groups of young birders to Cape May for the World Series of Birding since 1999, and now we've got a trip just for adults! Cape May hosts some of the best birding on the east coast, with over 200+ species possible on our trip.

Click here to learn more.

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