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Travel the World with NBNC

By North Branch Nature Center | Sep 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Travel the World with NBNC

North Branch Nature Center has a rich history of leading world-class expeditions to the planet’s wildest destinations. In 2019, join NBNC on life-changing adventures to Ecuador,Costa Rica, and Yellowstone. Whether it’s macaws in the rainforest or grizzlies in the mountains, witness nature’s most enchanting faces and places with NBNC. “The best part? Seeing the magnificent…

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Montpelier BioBlitz – The Results!

By North Branch Nature Center | Sep 14, 2018 | Comments Off on Montpelier BioBlitz – The Results!

After two months of dissecting micro-moths, mailing vials of plant bits, and convening experts to hem and haw over stranger specimens, we bring you the exciting results of the Montpelier BioBlitz 2018. We knew there would be new species for our city, county, and maybe even state, but never did we expect such a diversity…

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Caterpillars abound at NBNC

By North Branch Nature Center | Aug 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Caterpillars abound at NBNC

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly caterpillars are all over the nature center trails this week! With two beady eye spots, these thumb-sized caterpillars avoid depredation by mimicking the head of a snake. Here in Vermont we have two species of Tiger Swallowtails, the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, and the Canadian Tiger Swallowtail. Telling the adults apart by sight…

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Montpelier BioBlitz 2018 – Thank you!

By North Branch Nature Center | Aug 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Montpelier BioBlitz 2018 – Thank you!

Results are pouring in from the Montpelier BioBlitz 2018, with over 1,500 species documented and a few more to come! Even in the beginning stages of data review, we have already found many surprises. Our botanists found the first U.S. record of the Dead-nettle Leaf Beetle (Chrysolina fastuosa; a European species), feeding on its namesake Dead-nettle (Galleopsis sp.) on…

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ECO Iron Chef

By North Branch Nature Center | Aug 1, 2018 | Comments Off on ECO Iron Chef

Last week our ECO Institute (Level 2) participants spent five days with NBNC Teacher/Naturalist Ken Benton and NBNC Staff Naturalist Sean Beckett in a natural history immersion for educators.  The group spent each day birding, botanizing, checking out local geology, learning forest trees, building fires, and covering a range of ecological content and outdoor skills…

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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