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April 2019

Birding Basics Class

April 27 @ 6:30 AM - 11:00 AM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Become a better birder! In this class, you’ll develop a breadth of knowledge and skills to better appreciate Vermont’s common and not-so-common birdlife. Identify species from sight and sound by scrutinizing field marks and decoding birdsong. Understand avian ecology and interpret behavior by exploring a wide range of habitats and natural communities. Participate in Vermont bird conservation by immersing in local avian research programs. Whether you are a backyard birdwatcher ready to expand your knowledge, or a passionate naturalist seeking…

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May 2019

Friday Morning Spring Bird Walks

May 3 @ 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
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An event every week that begins at 7:00am on Monday, repeating until May 31, 2019

North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Weekly trips to birding hot spots around Montpelier searching for spring migrants like warblers, vireos, thrushes, and waterfowl. Led by NBNC's expert birders. Free for members. $10 non-members. See below for meeting locations: 5/3 - North Branch Nature Center 5/10 - TBD 5/17 - Berlin Pond (Meeting at public access point, Brookfield Road, Berlin VT) 5/24 - TBD 5/31 - North Branch Nature Center  

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World Series of Birding (For Youth and Teens)

May 9 @ 9:00 AM - May 12 @ 5:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$350

From midnight to midnight on Saturday, May 11th, competing birders will swarm southern New Jersey seeking as many bird species as possible in 24 hours. The World Series of Birding is the country's largest and most prestigious birding competition, and this year marks the 20th year that North Branch Nature Center's youth teams have been competing! Cape May County is an internationally-recognized birding hotspot that boasts a staggering array of birdlife and habitat diversity. Our youth team will head down to Cape…

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Birding on the Boardwalk with GMC

May 17 @ 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
$25

Ever wonder what birds you are seeing and hearing along your hikes through the Green Mountains? Join us on a stroll to identify and learn about the most common and intriguing birds encountered along the Long Trail. We’ll meet at Green Mountain Club's Barnes Camp Visitor Center and spend the morning birding the beaver meadows and marshes of the Barnes Camp boardwalk, and continue along the Long Trail. Hosted by the GMC, and led by North Branch Nature Center's Staff…

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June 2019

Birding in Michigan and Ohio: Kirtland’s Warbler and So Much More!

June 2 - June 8
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$1,925

Prairie potholes, boreal bogs, enigmatic endangered warblers, birding in Michigan and Ohio has surprises around every corner. Our trip will take us to a wide variety of habitats including open prairies (Sharp-tailed Grouse, Western Meadowlark, LeConte’s Sparrow, Dickcissel), boreal forests (Spruce Grouse, Canada Jay, Connecticut Warbler), pine-oak woodlands (Kirtland’s Warbler, Lark Sparrow, Acadian Flycatcher, Red-headed Woodpecker), and unique wetlands (Yellow Rail, Black-necked Stilt, American White Pelican, Whooping Crane). A truly exciting week of Midwest birding! Trip Details Dates: June 2…

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July 2019

Wild Adirondacks Trip (For Youth and Teens)

July 12 @ 4:00 PM - July 14 @ 5:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$225

Travel into the heart of the Adirondack mountains to visit ancient boreal forests, canoe the Racquette River, and explore the alpine summit of Whiteface Mountain.

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August 2019

Shorebirding Quest to Plum Island, MA

August 24 @ 7:00 AM - August 25 @ 7:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$325

A weekend with NBNC’s expert birders and naturalists enjoying sandpipers, plovers, and godwits galore at the renowned Plum Island, Massachusetts-- the perfect place to learn or perfect your shorebirding!

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Birding Paddle on Arrowhead Mountain Lake

August 24 @ 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
$15

Celebrate fall migration with North Branch Nature Center by paddling Milton's diverse Arrowhead Mountain Lake in search of neotropical warblers, shorebirds, raptors, and waterfowl. Over 115 species have been seen along the shores and wetlands of this beautiful and under-the-radar pond.

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September 2019

Northeast Kingdom Nature Retreat (For Youth and Teens)

September 13 @ 5:00 PM - September 15 @ 5:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$175

Journey with youth and teen naturalists and NBNC’s expert teacher / naturalists to the wildest corner of Vermont for a weekend-long nature retreat full of rare birds, bog plants, dragonflies, brook trout, and whatever else Mother Nature has in store for us. 

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October 2019

Northern Saw-whet Owl Youth Overnight

October 18 @ 7:00 PM - October 19 @ 7:00 AM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Stay up late with NBNC educators and naturalists as we capture, tag, and release these charismatic, pint-sized predators. We’ll keep the nets open from dusk until the wee hours of the morning, using the Nature Center as our home base for catching some shut-eye before breakfast. Owls and pizza included! A fundraiser for NBNC's Young Naturalist programs.

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November 2019

Birding Costa Rica: Land of Resplendent Quetzales and Scarlet Macaws (1 space remaining!)

November 10 - November 23
$3950

a wonderful intro to tropical birding or a destination to re-visit again and again. Twice the size of Vermont, Costa Rica has over 800 species of birds, including 50 species of hummingbird alone. In addition to all the hummingbird and parrots, there are sloths, monkeys, orchids and gorgeous butterflies to enjoy.

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