by Braden DeForge, 2021 Conservation Stewardship AmeriCorps Member Sitting on the floor of the Nature Center on a hot June afternoon, we sifted through envelopes of photographs archiving the changes the land we call North Branch Nature Center has undergone. A photo taken from Otter Rock, grabs my attention: At this popular swimming destination for…

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By Chelsea Clarke Sawyer, Communications Coordinator Inspiration struck Brooke Piana and Katrina Jimerson on a hot July day last summer. Here at NBNC for our week-long Vermont Biodiversity Educators Institute, the two art teachers were immediately drawn to Susan Bull Riley’s paintings of local plants and wildlife on display in our gallery. The Woodstock Union…

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The Vermont Alliance for Half-Earth is a group of Vermont residents and conservationists, including NBNC staff, who have come together to advance biodiversity preservation in the state. The Alliance gets its inspiration from the legendary biologist E. O. Wilson, his Half-Earth Project, and its vision to conserve half the Earth’s oceans and land for nature.…

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By Zac Cota Rain patters as the streetlights kick on in the fading grey of daylight. Within the hour, amphibians will be on the move. Volunteer Amphibian Crossing Guards will be on the move too.    Throughout the spring, dedicated community scientists visit sites where frogs and salamanders make dangerous road crossings as they move…

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The Christmas Bird Count is a global community science project organized by the National Audubon Society. At 121 years old, it is the longest-running project of its kind. In the weeks surrounding Christmas, groups fan out over established 15-mile-wide count circles with the mission of finding every feathered creature therein. While new circles are added…

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Photography and Writing by Sean Beckett Our Virtual Nature Walks bring you to Central Vermont locations to explore the natural world as we transition into spring. Given the current events, we’ll be choosing locations that are easy to get to, have wide trails or dirt roads, and are popular (but not too popular) places for our community to get…

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