Posts by North Branch Nature Center

ECO program lets kids explore the outdoors – in The Valley Reporter

By Hadley Laskowski February 6 2020 THE VALLEY REPORTER “Everybody’s gonna learn to read. But not everyone is going to come out of school feeling like, ‘I’m brave. I’m kind. I help my friends,’” said Leslie Polubinski, discussing the impact that the ECO (Educating Children Outdoors) program had on her kids. “That makes me motivated…

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Footprints in the Snow – The Bridge Interviews NBNC’s Dave Muska

Naturalist Dave Muska teaches the art of animal tracking at North Branch Nature Center By Mara Brooks THE BRIDGE February 5 2020 “So here’s the thing about tracking. Tracking is about reaching levels of awareness and knowing what to look for. Sometimes it’s about following fine details, and other times it’s pretty apparent.” I’m standing…

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NBNC Young Naturalists Compete in the Superbowl of Birding XVII

By Zac Cota, NBNC Teacher-Naturalist While a biting north wind and freezing ocean spray may not sound like an ideal midwinter getaway for most, they made for excellent bird watching conditions for a hearty team of youth birders during last weekend’s Superbowl of Birding. Each January our team of eagle-eyed young birders travels to the…

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59th Annual Plainfield Christmas Bird Count – The Results!

Pouring rain, icy roads, and thick fog tested the endurance and commitment of the 45 birders who joined this year’s Plainfield Christmas Bird Count. Despite the foul weather, birders managed to turn up 4,079 birds of 39 species at feeders and forests of Middlesex, Marshfield, Barre, and everything in between. While Saturday’s list came in…

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Help Complete the Campaign

By Chip Darmstadt, Executive Director In about a year, I’ll be stepping down as NBNC’s Executive Director. By then I’ll have had the privilege of overseeing the organization’s growth for 25 years. In an upcoming Field Marks we’ll reflect back on those years, but right now I want to ask for your help planning for…

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