Posts by NBNC2018

Salamanders and Citizen Science

Rachel Mirus’ Scientific Vermont Blog features NBNC’s Amphibian Road Crossing Program this month. Head over to her website, “Rachel’s Cybercabinet of Natural Curiosities” to read all about it! This wonderful watercolor is also by Rachel Mirus. Read Rachel’s post

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The Herb Garden at NBNC

By Claire Gilbertson, VT Master Gardener Following a suggestion from Chip Darmstadt, director of the North Branch Nature Center, the Master Gardeners developed an herb garden for the pollinators this year We followed the 1851 “Catalogue of Medicinal Plants, Barks, Roots, Seeds, Flowers and Select Powders….” published by the United Society of Shakers, New Lebanon,…

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The Nature Of: Monarch Butterflies

By Ken Benton, NBNC Teacher/Naturalist The old sheep field that comprises the majority of the NBNC property comes alive every summer with the sweet scent of blossoming flowers and the squeals of joyful children stalking the field with butterfly nets. Common Ringlets, Northern Crescents, and Clouded Sulphurs frequently flutter about the swinging nets, but the…

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Speaking Volumes: A Volunteer-Powered Library

By Emily Seiffert, NBNC Communications Manager One exciting outcome of NBNC’s ongoing capital campaign is the formation of a robust and organized natural history lending library. Working cheek-to-jowl as we did before the addition was built, there was nowhere to shelve our sizeable collection of natural history books. Plus our busy staff just didn’t —…

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The Skinny on NBNC Summer Camps

On a particularly cold, rainy, sleety, icy, snowy, grey April day (remember all of those!?), Field Marks sat down with Summer Camp Co-Director Carrie Riker to talk about NBNC’s longest-running program. Here’s what we learned while magically transporting ourselves to the season of sunshine and green. What’s your favorite thing about being a summer camp…

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