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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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NBNC is April’s Hunger Mountain Co-op Featured Community Partner!

By NBNC2018 | Apr 4, 2019 | Comments Off on NBNC is April’s Hunger Mountain Co-op Featured Community Partner!

By Robert Barossi, Community Relations Assistant Manager, Hunger Mountain Co-op Re-posted from the Hunger Mountain Co-op Blog North Branch Nature Center began twenty-three years ago with a staff of just two people. From those early days, the Center has grown to include a team of twelve educators, naturalists, and nature lovers who provide a wide…

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Never Just a Track

By NBNC2018 | Feb 6, 2019 | Comments Off on Never Just a Track

by Dave Muska, NBNC Teacher/Naturalist Editor’s Note: Dave will be leading an Introductory Wildlife Tracking workshop this Sunday, Feb. 10. Just four spots remain; learn more and register here!   It’s nearly 0° F in the early morning light.  Alongside the edge of the dirt road, between the tall plowed banks of snow and last…

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Local Youth Score Touchdown in Superbowl of Birding

By NBNC2018 | Feb 5, 2019 | Comments Off on Local Youth Score Touchdown in Superbowl of Birding

By Zac Cota, AmeriCorps Member Teacher-Naturalist Each winter Mass Audubon holds the Superbowl of Birding, a 12-hour birding competition along the seacoast. Our largest youth team yet comprised 10 youth, ranging in age from 8 to 18, who honed their skills and shared their passion with other young birders from around the region. After spending…

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The Nature Of: Owls on the Move

By NBNC2018 | Dec 21, 2018 | Comments Off on The Nature Of: Owls on the Move

By Zac Cota, AmeriCorps Teacher-Naturalist Article from the winter edition of our “Field Marks” newsletter A constant “toot”echoes across North Branch’s star-lit field: the call of the Northern Saw-whet Owl.  This one’s not an actual owl, but an audio lure used to attract these robin-sized predators. Throughout October and November, our bird-banding station is reconfigured…

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58th Annual Plainfield Christmas Bird Count – Results and Highlights

By NBNC2018 | Dec 17, 2018 | Comments Off on 58th Annual Plainfield Christmas Bird Count – Results and Highlights

With sunny skies and warm temperatures, Saturday’s weather was a perfect day for the 58th annual Plainfield Christmas Bird Count. Forty-six volunteers from Plainfield, Barre, Montpelier, East Montpelier, Plainfield, Calais, Marshfield, Orange, and Middlesex totaled up a staggering 4,117 birds over the course of the day. This total, more than 300 birds greater than last…

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