Natural History

Your Virtual Nature Walk: Marshfield Rail Trail

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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The Ecology of Dog Poop

By Caitlyn Bain, NBNC AmeriCorps Teacher-Naturalist Ever wondered why a fox is allowed to “go” in the woods, yet your dog’s waste is bad news for the environment? Did you know that dog waste is one of the leading causes of water quality hazard in some local watersheds? Get your pup and check out this…

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Your Virtual Nature Walk: Barre City Cow Pasture

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 some fresh air and exercise. The Barre…

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Your Virtual Nature Walk: Berlin Pond

Welcome to our first in a series of “Virtual Nature Walks!” Our NBNC naturalists will bring you to popular 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 access, have wide trails or dirt roads, and are popular (but…

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Footprints in the Snow – The Bridge Interviews NBNC’s Dave Muska

Naturalist Dave Muska teaches the art of animal tracking at North Branch Nature Center By Mara Brooks THE BRIDGE February 5 2020 “So here’s the thing about tracking. Tracking is about reaching levels of awareness and knowing what to look for. Sometimes it’s about following fine details, and other times it’s pretty apparent.” I’m standing…

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NBNC Young Naturalists Compete in the Superbowl of Birding XVII

By Zac Cota, NBNC Teacher-Naturalist While a biting north wind and freezing ocean spray may not sound like an ideal midwinter getaway for most, they made for excellent bird watching conditions for a hearty team of youth birders during last weekend’s Superbowl of Birding. Each January our team of eagle-eyed young birders travels to the…

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