Citizen Science

Amphibian Road Crossing Project: Season Update

Even though we’re still early in the season here in Central Vermont, volunteers have contributed 89 surveys, and have collectively put in over 85 hours of time in the field documenting 1801 amphibians at 34 different road crossing sites. Thanks to all who are helping out with this project, and congratulations to those who reported…

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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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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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