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Naturalist Journeys Lecture Series – “Naked in the Lake: A Superior Adventure”

February 15 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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Join us for NBNC’s annual winter event series featuring expert naturalists sharing their studies from the wildest corners of the world. All ages are welcome! All programs take place on Fridays, 7 pm, at North Branch Nature Center. Admission by donation at the door.

2019 lineup

January 11 – Wolves: Ecology, Conservation, and Conflict in the Northern Rockies
Sean Beckett

Revered and despised, wolves are at once the signature of wilderness, the menace of ranchers, the heart of the ecosystem, and the nightmare of elk. No other animal is as spiritually electrifying or as politically toxic. Join NBNC naturalist and wolf guide Sean Beckett to dive into the drama of wolf ecology and management in the Northern Rockies.

January 25 – Nibbling on Natives in your Backyard and Beyond
Russ Cohen

There’s a growing interest in landscaping with native species, but knowing the local edible plants provides that extra incentive to “go native.” Join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten to learn native edible plants suitable for landscaping or nibbling on as you encounter them in the wild. Identification, seasonality, preparations, and guidelines for safe and responsible foraging will be discussed. Russ will share homemade samples of foraged goodies made from edible native species.

February 15 – Naked in the Lake: A Superior Adventure
Bryan Pfeiffer and Ruth Einstein

The largest freshwater lake on the planet is the stage for Bryan Pfeiffer and Ruth Einstein’s canoe trip on Lake Superior, where ancient rock and crystalline water conspire for some of the most beautiful paddling anywhere. Along the way you’ll discover Ojibwa legends and pictographs, thick fog and big waves, rare wildlife and some the most dramatic territory on the continent. Where else can you drink straight from the lake as you swim? This is another in Bryan and Ruth’s popular “Naked in …” series specifically created for Naturalist Journeys

February 22 – The Secret Lives of Vermont’s (Lesser-known) Reptiles and Amphibians
Kiley Briggs

From tracking tortoises along the Mexican border to trapping Mudpuppies through ice, Vermont herpetologist, Kiley Briggs, has travelled up and down the east coast studying snakes, turtles, salamanders and frogs. Join him as he sheds some light on some of the lesser-known reptiles and amphibians of Vermont, and also shares some stories of his work both here and abroad.

March 8 – Uapishka Botany
Matt Peters

Explore Uapishka, the largest alpine area in northeastern North America. This Rhode Island-sized alpine tableland sits in north central Quebec next to the Manicouagan impact crater, yet remains relatively little known and less explored. Tiny arctic buttercups, old growth white spruce woodlands, caribou, and willow ptarmigan are among the many splendors to be found. Local botanist and ecologist Matt Peters will share his botanical explorations and travels in the region.

March 22 – The Flipside of Falconry
Cynthia Shelton

When nature and humans compete for the same resources there is bound to be conflict.  Pest Bird Abatement Using Falconry harnesses the predator prey relationship between raptors and “pest” birds such as seagulls, pigeons, and starlings.  Find out how from Falconer Cynthia Shelton as she describes a practical application for her obsession with birds.


February 15
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
By Donation
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North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602