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7 am - 2 pm | North Branch Nature Center
Admission By Donation


7 - 9 am | Bird Walks (departing every 20 minutes)

Join an expert birder on a casual stroll around the nature center in search of resident and migratory bird life. Learn identification tips and enjoy the diversity and behaviors of our late summer birds. Walks depart every 20 minutes from the nature center from 7 through 9. Last walk returns around 10 AM.

8 - Noon | Bird Banding Demonstrations

Join NBNC staff at our bird banding research station while they use specialized nets and equipment to safely catch, measure, and tag migratory songbirds in the forests and fields of the nature center. Learn about bird population research while observing elusive songbirds up close.

10 am | Slow Birding with the Bird Diva

Slow Birding is a practice which builds a deeper observation of birds while creating a deeper connection to yourself and the place you live. Come be a part of a collective sit spot session to both watch and listen to birds as a group. We’ll learn how to look with and without binoculars, map what we’re hearing and seeing, and take field notes that will improve not only our identification skills but also our awareness of what’s happening on the landscape. Please bring a portable chair or stool if you would like to attend this session.

10 - 2 pm | Live Birds of Prey

Get up close and personal with ambassador hawks and owls, as Outreach for Earth Stewardship educators and rehabilitators share about the amazing ecology and evolution of these winged predators.

10 - 2 pm | BirdCraft Tent for Kids and Families

Join NBNC staff and volunteers for a big menu of bird crafts! Build a birdhouse to bring home, try songbird soap carving, make your own wings and binoculars, DIY bird feeders, bird drawing, and much more! For families, help us construct our community Chimney Swift Tower!

11 am | Bird Conservation in Vermont: How can landowners make a difference? - Margaret Fowle, Audubon Vermont

Vermont provides important habitat for an abundance of bird species, and some like Chimney Swifts, Bobolinks, and Wood Thrush are in decline, and others like Peregrine Falcons and Bald Eagles have made a comeback.  Come hear an informative presentation about the status of some of our critical bird species and how humans can play a role in providing the places they need to thrive.

Noon | Nocturnal bird migration & flight calls - Bill Evans

For more than 30 years Bill Evans has been studying the vocalizations birds give during their clandestine nocturnal migrations. Bill will share insights into this cryptic night flight calling phenomenon, play examples of the calls, and present preliminary results from a microphone monitoring the calls atop the North Branch Nature Center this season.

1 pm | Keynote: Saving the Bird in the Bush - the Bird Diva, Bridget Butler

The top two pastimes in North America are gardening and birdwatching, when you put the two together you get "birdscaping" or landscaping with birds in mind. Bird Diva Bridget Butler will share how you can turn your yard into a haven for birds and share some of the current research on ensuring that even in urban areas we're meeting the needs of our feathered friends. It's all about paying it forward for the birds we enjoy through our love of nurturing the land.

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North Branch Nature Center

713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
(802) 229-6206

Hours: Center Open Monday-Friday 9-4
Trails Open 24/7