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April 2020

LIVE Online: The History and Ecology of the Poultney River: How a Bay Became a River

April 1 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

The lower Poultney River is one of the most ecologically diverse rivers in New England. However, this landscape has changed over time-- the river that we see today is a product of dramatic geological changes that occurred 240 years ago. We bring together human history and geology to tell a remarkable story of change: how what we now know as an ecologically valuable small river was once the head of a navigable bay of Lake Champlain.

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LIVE Online (For Parents and Teachers): Sense of Place through the Sense of Taste

April 2 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

As outdoor educators, we have long known the importance of engaging the senses of our students and the role that plays in building a sense of place. However, there is one sense that is often left out of the equation: taste. Every landscape has its own cast of characters that work together to form a unique identity. This includes a unique palate of flavors. Becoming aware of the edible landscape around us adds a whole new layer to how we can interact with and perceive our environment...

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LIVE Online: Bee Biodiversity in Vermont with Spencer Hardy and Vermont Center for Ecostudies

April 3 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Vermont is home to over 300 species of wild bees, and though they are crucial members of our pollinator diversity, most are unknown or overlooked. Join Spencer Hardy, biologist with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, in a presentation and Q & A covering the life history, ecology, and diversity of Vermont bees, including activities to promote bee conservation in your backyard.

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LIVE Online: The Return of the Red-winged Blackbird with Teage O’Connor

April 8 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Curious why some birds stick around for winter and others migrate south? Or maybe you're curious about why birds bother coming back to Vermont at all? And what cues are they picking up on that signal, "Hey, it's time to come home, friend!" Join expert naturalist and Director of Crow's Path, Teage O'Connor, for this to look at migration with special attention to our friend the red-winged blackbird. Conk La Reeee!

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

April 10 @ 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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LIVE Online: On Foot with Lions and Leopards – Tracking South Africa’s Wildlife w/ Sophie Mazowita

April 15 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Wildlife tracking takes on a whole new tone when you could meet a lion, elephant or cape buffalo around every corner. Join expert tracker, wildlife guide, and naturalist Sophie Mazowita as she shares stories from a 2-week journey on the trail of South Africa's wildlife in 2017, in Greater Kruger National Park and the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve. 

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LIVE Online (For Parents and Teachers): Songs, Rhymes, and Finger Plays for Young Children 

April 16 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Young children love to sing and they don't mind what your adult voice sounds like! Experimenting and playing with musical notes and the spoken word can help young children develop language, practice fine motor skills and learn social skills! Join our NBNC education team for an hour of engaging and nature based songs, rhymes and finger plays celebrating all seasons and species. Let's sing, laugh and be joyful! 

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LIVE Online: Vernal Pool Ecology w/ Zac Cota and Kevin Tolan

April 17 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

These seasonal, woodland ponds harbor the greatest collections of biomass in the northern forest. Learn about life in a vernal pool from the perspective of everything from salamanders and frogs to fairy shrimp and predaceous diving beetles. Presented by NBNC's Zac Cota, and the Vermont Center for Ecostudies' Kevin Tolan.

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LIVE Online: Birding your Backyard

April 22 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Wednesday, April 22 | 5-6 pm | Live via Google Meet: Join in: meet.google.com/nxh-tzjv-dsw Or call in: 216-839-9345‬ PIN: ‪591 643 566#‬ As spring migration ramps up, let's learn about what resident and migratory birds are found in our backyards while learning tips for watching and attracting them. We'll talk about birdfeeding, "Big Sits," landscaping for birds, nocturnal flight calls, and more. We'll explore maps and photographs showing where our backyard birds spent the winter, and where spring's backyard birds traveled…

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LIVE Online (For Parents and Teachers): ECO at Home – Daily Routines in Nature for Families

April 23 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Amy Butler will share the routines and rhythms at work within NBNC's ECO (Educating Children Outdoors) program, and help parents translate this back into your home and weekly family schedule. We will discuss why nature connection is more important then ever right now and share inspiring activities to build into your days at home. (Rescheduled to April 23)

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LIVE Online: Vermont’s Glacial Lakes & Geologic History w/ George Springston

April 24 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Much of Vermont's dry land was once beneath hundreds of feet of Pleistocene glacial lakewater. We'll use new geology maps, Google Earth, and aerial photographs to explore the story of our geologic landscape over the last 12,000 years, and learn how to identify the evidence of glacial lakes in our environment today. Presented by NBNC's Sean Beckett.

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LIVE Online: The Magnificent Monarch Migration

April 29 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Explore the mysteries of one of the most miraculous migrations on earth. The small but mighty monarch butterfly undertakes a multi-generational migration that takes them from the mountains of Mexico to Canada and back. See what it is like to be among millions and millions of monarchs in their overwintering forests, and find out what you can do to help them on their journey.

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Parents & Teachers Online: The Ecology of Hope – How Connecting Children with Nature Helps them Learn and Thrive – with Cheryl Charles, PhD

April 30 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Cheryl Charles a leader in the worldwide movement to reconnect people to nature and speaks internationally about the benefits of connecting children to nature. She is the Co-Founder and CEO Emerita of the Children & Nature Network, Founding Executive Director of Project Learning Tree and Project WILD, and is the Executive Director of the Nature Based Leadership Institute at Antioch University New England. Cheryl is an inspiring speaker, an author, a professor and mentor and an advocate for nature connection for all people. 

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May 2020

LIVE Online: Solving Sparrows with Bryan Pfeiffer

May 1 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

There is joy to be found among the “little brown birds.” Yet so many birdwatchers lose patience and opportunity among sparrows. No more. In this hour-long webinar, Bryan Pfeiffer will demystify sparrow identification for novice and advancing birders alike. After all, whether you are staying home or finding your way to birding spots this spring, there will be sparrows. Lots of them. So let’s enjoy their little brown escapades.

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LIVE Online: Grassland Birds in Vermont with Liza Morse and Kevin Tolan

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

Join Liza Morse and Kevin Tolan, the Grassland Bird Outreach team at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, for an evening program about grassland birds in Vermont. Grassland birds are undergoing the most drastic decline of any bird community in the continental United States. Liza and Kevin will focus on the ecology and the natural history of the predominant grassland breeding bird species in Vermont: Bobolinks, Savannah Sparrows, and Eastern Meadowlarks. They will also address strategies to help support grassland birds for landowners in Vermont. Whether you are a landowner, a bird enthusiast, or even if you have never heard of a Bobolink, come learn about these amazing birds, the challenges they face, and what you can do to help support them. 

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Parents & Teachers Online: ECO at Home – Nature Based Routines for Families Part 2 – with Amy Butler

May 7 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

This webinar will be a continuation of  ECO at Home - Nature Based Routines for Families Part 1. In Part 2, NBNC Education Director Amy Butler and special guests including parents and teachers will share inspiring stories of the benefits of nature connection in both school and at home. A panel discussion with a Q and A will wrap up our time together.

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LIVE Online: A Shared Life – People and Biodiversity in Vermont

May 8 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

How do we share the planet with the rest of life? Using E.O. Wilson's Half-Earth concept, Field Naturalist Eric Hagen will give a presentation about protecting biodiversity here in the Winooski Watershed, and throughout Vermont. The talk will feature the latest scientific tools available to Vermonters for protecting biodiversity, along with a look at the results of Eric's graduate work. In 2019 Eric interviewed residents of the Winooski Watershed to learn about why they care about biodiversity and the health of the land. To view some of their stories before the talk, visit this link: https://arcg.is/1vHu5z

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LIVE Online: Making the Most of Your Trail Camera with Declan McCabe

May 13 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

This presentation will cover the essentials of selecting, installing, and using trail cameras to monitor wildlife in natural areas or in your back yard.  We’ll cover tips for success, followed by a collection of some of the best photographs and video clips captured in the Saint Michael's College Natural Area on the border of Essex and Colchester and from sites in South Burlington.  Presented by Declan McCabe, Professor of Biology at Saint Michael's College

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Online Book Launch – The Land of Milk and Honey by Bill Mares & Kim Greenwood

May 15 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Join beekeepers and co-authors Bill Mares & Kim Greenwood to talk about their newly released book. "The Land of Milk and Honey: a history of beekeeping in Vermont." Co-hosted Hosted by Bear Pond Books and North Branch Nature Center

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LIVE Online: Wild Adventures in the United Arab Emirates with Erika Mitchell and Seth Frisbie

May 20 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

The United Arab Emirates, famous for its oil reserves, flashy skyscrapers, and man-made Palm Islands, is also home to wide open spaces and desert landscapes brimming with life. In this virtual camping trip, we’ll turn the clock back to 2000, to explore the biodiversity of the region, from scorpions to desert wildflowers blooming after rain. We’ll see how water shapes the natural setting, from the bedrock on up.

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LIVE Online: Biofinder & Vermont Conservation Design – understanding, valuing, and mapping Vermont biodiversity

May 27 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Have you ever wondered how your backyard or woodlot fits into the bigger picture? Are you interested in learning about your town’s wildlife habitat and its most important ecological areas? Join Andy Wood from VT Fish & Wildlife Department’s Community Wildlife Program to learn about BioFinder, a free online portal, mapping tool, and go-to resource for exploring Vermont Conservation Design – a powerful dataset and vision for conserving Vermont’s biodiversity.

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June 2020

LIVE Online: An Artist in the Arctic

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

Arctic sea ice is melting and it’s not just affecting polar bears. Artist and Field Naturalist Chelsea Clarke will explore how changing sea ice conditions are impacting the plankton at the foundation of the Arctic food web, and discuss why artists are an important part of the research effort. We’ll also get a glimpse into life on a Coast Guard icebreaker above the Arctic Circle. In 2014, Chelsea spent spent six weeks at sea as a resident artist on a scientific research expedition in the Pacific Arctic.

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LIVE Online: Grow Your Own Pollinator Garden with Charlie Nardozzi

June 17 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Learn about all aspects of growing and maintaining a pollinator garden. We'll start with the essential aspects pollinators need such as shelter, nesting sites, water and habitat. then I'll spend time discussing the best trees shrubs and flowers to attract and sustain pollinators in your yard. Co-hosted by the University of Vermont Extension Master Gardener Program.

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LIVE Online: Monitoring Rabies in Vermont

June 24 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

This presentation will provide a broad overview of USDA Wildlife Services' activities concerning rabies in Vermont. Wildlife Biologist Owen Montgomery will outline Vermont's Oral Ravies Vaccination (ORV) program, Enhanced Rabies Surveillance (ERS) program, and discuss plans to eliminate terrestrial rabies in Vermont.

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