Citizen Science

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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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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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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Montpelier BioBlitz on the Natural Curiosity Podcast

At a BioBlitz, conservation meets community, and nature takes center stage. We invited Dr. Steven Shepard of the Natural Curiosity Podcast to NBNC back in July, and we are delighted to feature his podcast episode about our Montpelier BioBlitz. Grab a cup of coffee, and listen to NBNC staff explaining the importance of nature alongside…

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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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