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October 2019

Northern Saw-whet Owl Public Banding Demo

October 9, 2019 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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One event on October 10, 2019 at 7:30 PM

One event on October 16, 2019 at 7:30 PM

One event on October 24, 2019 at 7:30 PM

One event on October 25, 2019 at 7:30 PM

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

Demonstrations 7:30 – 9 pm on October 9, 10, 16, 24, and 25. Join NBNC biologists as they capture, tag, and release these pint-sized owls. After the birds are released, NBNC naturalists and educators will discuss the highlights of recent research at NBNC and across the country, then share what’s been discovered about this mysterious little predator. RSVP is required. Open to all ages.

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Northern Saw-whet Owl Public Banding Demo

October 10, 2019 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on October 10, 2019 at 7:30 PM

One event on October 16, 2019 at 7:30 PM

One event on October 24, 2019 at 7:30 PM

One event on October 25, 2019 at 7:30 PM

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

Demonstrations 7:30 – 9 pm on October 9, 10, 16, 24, and 25. Join NBNC biologists as they capture, tag, and release these pint-sized owls. After the birds are released, NBNC naturalists and educators will discuss the highlights of recent research at NBNC and across the country, then share what’s been discovered about this mysterious little predator. RSVP is required. Open to all ages.

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Northern Saw-whet Owl Public Banding Demo

October 16, 2019 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on October 10, 2019 at 7:30 PM

One event on October 16, 2019 at 7:30 PM

One event on October 24, 2019 at 7:30 PM

One event on October 25, 2019 at 7:30 PM

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

Demonstrations 7:30 – 9 pm on October 9, 10, 16, 24, and 25. Join NBNC biologists as they capture, tag, and release these pint-sized owls. After the birds are released, NBNC naturalists and educators will discuss the highlights of recent research at NBNC and across the country, then share what’s been discovered about this mysterious little predator. RSVP is required. Open to all ages.

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Northern Saw-whet Owl Public Banding Demo

October 24, 2019 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on October 10, 2019 at 7:30 PM

One event on October 16, 2019 at 7:30 PM

One event on October 24, 2019 at 7:30 PM

One event on October 25, 2019 at 7:30 PM

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

Demonstrations 7:30 – 9 pm on October 9, 10, 16, 24, and 25. Join NBNC biologists as they capture, tag, and release these pint-sized owls. After the birds are released, NBNC naturalists and educators will discuss the highlights of recent research at NBNC and across the country, then share what’s been discovered about this mysterious little predator. RSVP is required. Open to all ages.

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Northern Saw-whet Owl Public Banding Demo

October 25, 2019 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on October 10, 2019 at 7:30 PM

One event on October 16, 2019 at 7:30 PM

One event on October 24, 2019 at 7:30 PM

One event on October 25, 2019 at 7:30 PM

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

Demonstrations 7:30 – 9 pm on October 9, 10, 16, 24, and 25. Join NBNC biologists as they capture, tag, and release these pint-sized owls. After the birds are released, NBNC naturalists and educators will discuss the highlights of recent research at NBNC and across the country, then share what’s been discovered about this mysterious little predator. RSVP is required. Open to all ages.

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December 2019

59th Annual Plainfield Christmas Bird Count

December 14, 2019 @ 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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One event on December 14, 2019 at 7:00 AM

One event on December 26, 2019 at 7:00 AM

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

Join the nation's largest and longest-running citizen science project. This winter bird count, organized by the National Audubon Society, has been getting birdwatchers outside recording species in their backyards and towns for 118 years! This project has become a powerful tool for understanding the rise and fall of bird populations over time. NBNC organizes and compiles two local Christmas Bird Count circles. The Plainfield circle encompasses a 7.5-mile radius around Plainfield, including the towns of Montpelier, East Montpelier, Calais, Orange, Barre,…

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4th Annual Hunger Mountain Christmas Bird Count

December 26, 2019 @ 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Join the nation's largest and longest-running citizen science project. This winter bird count, organized by the National Audubon Society, has been getting birdwatchers outside recording species in their backyards and towns for 118 years! This project has become a powerful tool for understanding the rise and fall of bird populations over time. NBNC organizes and compiles two local Christmas Bird Count circles. The Plainfield circle encompasses a 7.5-mile radius around Plainfield, including the towns of Montpelier, East Montpelier, Calais, Orange, Barre,…

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March 2020

LIVE Online: Amphibian Conservation with NBNC | Presented for Inside-Outside: Nature Based Educators of New England

March 26, 2020 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Inside-Outside is a network of educators and institutions that are committed to the practices of nature based education for all students. NBNC Teacher-Naturalist, Zac Cota, will reveal the science and wonder of our amazing amphibians, showcase citizen science opportunities, and highlight curriculum connections. Come prepared with your slimy and slippery salamander questions, and your best frog call imitation!

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LIVE Online: Amphibian Road Crossing Q & A

March 29, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Join NBNC naturalists to learn more about our Amphibian Road Crossing program. Each April, amphibians migrate by the millions from upland forests to wetland breeding grounds, often crossing roadways at their peril. NBNC's ARC program trains volunteers to survey migration sites to help amphibians across the road while collecting valuable data that informs local conservation and transportation planning efforts. In this Q & A, NBNC Staff will discuss amphibian ecology, and tips for participating in this great, COVID-compatible Citizen Science program for all ages!

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April 2020

LIVE Online: iNaturalist – Discovering Nature From Home w/ Zac Cota and Emily Anderson

April 10, 2020 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Looking to learn about nature while self-isolated? Join this worldwide community of amateur and expert naturalists! Learn to use iNaturalist to help identify species, learn about biodiversity, or partake in online nature festivals and BioBlitz events. iNaturalist is one of the world's greatest tools for exploring the natural world.

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The Vermont Spring Backyard BioBlitz

April 20, 2020 - May 20, 2020
Vermont Vermont

Discover the natural world at home! Though we may be physically distanced this season, we're still a united community of curious nature lovers. This project is for students, teachers, parents, kids, experts, amateurs, and anyone in our region looking to explore nature apart, but together. A BioBlitz is a community celebration to find and document biodiversity in a given place and time. Where? Wherever you happen to be!
When? April Break (4/20) through May.

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October 2020

Owl Banding Livestream Event

October 15, 2020 @ 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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One event on October 23, 2020 at 8:00 PM

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

Take a virtual visit to North Branch Nature Center's owl research station! Each fall, NBNC researchers capture, tag, measure, and safely release the fierce yet tiny Northern Saw-whet Owl on its nocturnal migration through Central Vermont. During this livestream, researchers will discuss their research methods and explain owl ecology, migration, and life history. With a little luck and favorable winds, our researchers can expect anywhere from one to twenty saw-whets to visit the station during the peak of their October migration season. Have all your owl questions answered by our staff, and learn how to adopt an owl this fall!

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Owl Banding Livestream Event

October 23, 2020 @ 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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One event on October 23, 2020 at 8:00 PM

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

Take a virtual visit to North Branch Nature Center's owl research station! Each fall, NBNC researchers capture, tag, measure, and safely release the fierce yet tiny Northern Saw-whet Owl on its nocturnal migration through Central Vermont. During this livestream, researchers will discuss their research methods and explain owl ecology, migration, and life history. With a little luck and favorable winds, our researchers can expect anywhere from one to twenty saw-whets to visit the station during the peak of their October migration season. Have all your owl questions answered by our staff, and learn how to adopt an owl this fall!

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December 2020

60th Annual Plainfield Christmas Bird Count

December 19, 2020 @ 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Join the nation's largest and longest-running citizen science project. The Christmas Bird Count, organized by the National Audubon Society, has been getting birdwatchers outside recording species in their backyards and towns for over a century! This project has become a powerful tool for understanding the rise and fall of bird populations over time. NBNC organizes and compiles two local Christmas Bird Count circles. The Plainfield count encompasses a 7.5-mile radius around Plainfield, including the towns of Montpelier, East Montpelier, Calais,…

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5th Annual Hunger Mountain Christmas Bird Count

December 20, 2020 @ 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Join the nation's largest and longest-running citizen science project. The Christmas Bird Count, organized by the National Audubon Society, has been getting birdwatchers outside recording species in their backyards and towns for over a century! This project has become a powerful tool for understanding the rise and fall of bird populations over time. NBNC organizes and compiles two local Christmas Bird Count circles. The Plainfield count encompasses a 7.5-mile radius around Plainfield, including the towns of Montpelier, East Montpelier, Calais,…

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March 2021

Amphibian Road Crossings: Ecology & Volunteer Training

March 16 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Join NBNC scientists to learn about our Amphibian Road Crossing program, and find out how you can help Vermont's frogs and salamanders safely cross the road during their annual spring movements. Every April, amphibians migrate by the millions from upland forests to wetland breeding grounds, often crossing roadways at their peril. North Branch Nature Center's ARC program trains volunteers to survey known and suspected road crossing sites and help amphibians across the road while collecting valuable data to inform local conservation and transportation planning efforts. Over the last two years, NBNC volunteers conducted 300 surveys and documented 8,700 salamanders at 60 crossing sites across Central Vermont! This citizen science project accommodates volunteers of all ages and background-- the only requirement is an eagerness to enjoy and protect our local amphibians!

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April 2021

Green Mountain Meadowlarks: Ecology and Conservation of an Imperiled Grassland Bird

April 15 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Eastern Meadowlarks in the Northeast are rapidly declining; based on the latest USGS Breeding Bird Survey results, they’re undergoing an estimated 8.7% annual decline in Vermont. With their recent designation of Threatened in New Hampshire, and imminent listing in Vermont, now is a golden opportunity for targeted survey efforts. The Vermont Center for Ecostudies is partnering up with New Hampshire Audubon to launch a bi-state “blitz” this spring to encourage birders and community scientists to target areas of grassland habitat with the goal of seeking out meadowlarks. Join North Branch and VCE to learn about these imperiled songbirds and what you can do to help keep them on the Vermont landscape. 

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May 2021

Lady Beetles of Vermont: Invasions, Extirpations, & Discoveries – with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies

May 20 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Thursday May 20 | 6 - 7 pm Free | Join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82792711468 Presented by: Vermont Center for Ecostudies Native lady beetles play an important role as biological pest control agents, yet native populations have been in decline across North America. Vermont's lady beetles seem to be following continental trends of decline, but due to lack of modern data, we do not understand what native lady beetles remain in Vermont, how their populations are doing, or what conservation initiatives…

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