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Salamanders and Citizen Science

By NBNC2018 | Jul 30, 2019 | Comments Off on 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 NBNC2018 | Jul 11, 2019 | Comments Off on 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 NBNC2018 | Jun 29, 2019 | Comments Off on 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 NBNC2018 | Jun 21, 2019 | Comments Off on 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

By NBNC2018 | Jun 18, 2019 | Comments Off on 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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Wanna-Bees

By NBNC2018 | Jun 14, 2019 | Comments Off on Wanna-Bees

This is the first in a series of posts celebrating our native insects and pollinators. Come to BugFest on June 30th to learn more! Feature photo by Bryan Pfeiffer You know a bee when you see one, right? Think again! We’re hardwired to recognize those yellow and black stripes when we see them. But most…

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NBNC goes to Yellowstone

By NBNC2018 | Jun 1, 2019 | Comments Off on NBNC goes to Yellowstone

(Photos by Kate Taylor and Sean Beckett) By Kate Taylor, NBNC Yellowstone Participant “Open the hatches and get up there. Now!” It was dawn on our 5th day in Yellowstone and we were driving into the Lamar Valley. I was still in a sleep stupor, but we’d been with Sean long enough to recognize that…

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Conserving Pollination

By NBNC2018 | May 29, 2019 | Comments Off on Conserving Pollination

By Sean Beckett, NBNC Staff Naturalist (Banner image: Baltimore Checkerspot; All imagery by Josh Lincoln) An act of clever deception is one of the most important things in the world. And that act may be in peril. Just like animals, plants reproduce by mating. More precisely, the pollen from one flower must land precisely on…

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NBNC’s World Series of Birding Youth Team – The Results!

By NBNC2018 | May 16, 2019 | Comments Off on NBNC’s World Series of Birding Youth Team – The Results!

Last weekend marked an anniversary for NBNC: 20 years since we first sent a youth team to the World Series of Birding. This annual event, held each May in New Jersey, draws teams from all over the world. The competition runs from midnight until midnight on Saturday, and the team that identifies the most species…

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Amphibian Road Crossing: Mid-season update

By NBNC2018 | Apr 23, 2019 | Comments Off on Amphibian Road Crossing: Mid-season update

You know the old adage: April showers bring — amphibian migrations! (Well, May flowers too, but those come later). During the warm evening rains last week our Amphibian Road Crossing volunteers documented frogs and salamanders on the move from Cornwall and Colchester to Calais and Craftsbury. Braving chilly and wet conditions, volunteers donned boots, raincoats,…

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