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April 2020

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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July 2020

Online Course: Bees of the Northeast with Spencer Hardy

July 1 - August 31
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$75

With over 300 species in Vermont, bees are so much more than the source of honey. This course will introduce you to a mindblowing diversity of shapes, sizes, and life histories found in almost any habitat. While most species can only be identified by using a microscope, we will focus on the species and groups that are relatively distinctive to the naked eye. By the end of the course, participants should be able to identify most bees to the genus level, which is certainly not a common skill! Guided field challenges will be based on the flowers and bees currently active. With so little known about the distribution of some of these species, it's definitely possible to find new state records right in your own backyard!

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Online Course: Kingdom Fungi with Dave Muska

July 1 - August 31
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$75

The world of fungi is both fascinating and mysterious. Fungi are equipped to succeed in some of the earth’s most unique and challenging environments. They have captivated human imagination and inquiry, and their existence has intimately shaped life on earth. In this class you will be introduced to the ecological roles that fungi play globally and within ecosystems here in the northeast.  We will cover major taxonomies of common mushrooms and the skills necessary for mushroom identification in the field.  Each unit will also spotlight some local and common mushrooms you are sure to run across.

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(In-Person) BioU: Field Herpetology

July 11 @ 9:00 AM - July 12 @ 5:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$265

Amphibians are among one of the most imperiled groups of animals on earth and many reptile species are in sharp decline, even here in Vermont. Increasingly, reptiles and amphibians are receiving attention from state, federal, and non-profit conservation organizations, so knowledge of and experience with these secretive animals can be an asset in the fields of ecology, conservation, and education. Throughout this two-day course, participants will learn about the almost 30 species of frog, salamander, snake, and turtle found in Northeastern Vermont, including how to identify them, their ecology, habitat requirements, and the methodology used by biologists to sample their populations. The course will include a combination of active searches, standardized surveys, catch-and-release trapping, radio telemetry, and educational presentations such that participants become confident in their ability to identify each species occurring in Northeast Vermont, what their conservation needs and threats are, and some of the methods used by professionals to study their populations in the wild.

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(In-Person) BioU: Freshwater Macroinvertebrates

July 18 @ 9:00 AM - July 19 @ 5:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$265

In this course we will explore the major invertebrate groups found in freshwater habitats. We will cover the ecology and differences between aquatic habitats. This is a hands-on course that will include instruction in a range of field sampling techniques and sample processing. Using preserved samples, and samples collected during the course, we will cover all of the major taxonomic groups of aquatic invertebrates to the family level, and pursue a subset to the genus level. Lab work will include microscopy and identification using a range of resources.  By the end of this course you should be familiar with the common macroinvertebrate orders at a glance, and have the taxonomic tools at your fingertips to identify whatever you may encounter.

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August 2020

(In Person) Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates w/ Charley Eiseman

August 15 @ 8:00 AM - August 16 @ 5:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$265

This course addresses the full spectrum of topics covered in the book by the same name, with an emphasis on signs found on plants. We will explore nearby habitats in search of leaf mines and other feeding sign, galls, eggs and egg cases, cocoons, nests, webs, burrows, and other objects and patterns created by insects, arachnids, snails, worms, etc. In the process of identifying these features we will discuss the life histories and ecology of numerous species.

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September 2020

Friday Morning Fall Bird Walks

September 4 @ 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
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An event every week that begins at 7:30 AM on Friday, repeating until September 25, 2020

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

Our traditional weekly morning bird walks are back! Learn about bird identification, ecology, and life history during these casual strolls with staff in search of fall migratory songbirds. Registration is not required, but masks and social distancing are! Group size is limited, and your flexibility is appreciated to ensure the safety of all participants. Participants must fill out a short health screening upon arrival.

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Friday Morning Fall Bird Walks

September 11 @ 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
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An event every week that begins at 7:30 AM on Friday, repeating until September 25, 2020

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

Our traditional weekly morning bird walks are back! Learn about bird identification, ecology, and life history during these casual strolls with staff in search of fall migratory songbirds. Registration is not required, but masks and social distancing are! Group size is limited, and your flexibility is appreciated to ensure the safety of all participants. Participants must fill out a short health screening upon arrival.

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(In-Person) Slow Birding: Reconnecting with Nature and Self w/ Bridget Butler

September 12 @ 9:00 AM - September 13 @ 5:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$265

Sounds a bit strange, “slow birding.” Watching birds isn’t really fast in the first place and the pace of a birder in the field is already slow and methodical. But, it is possible to change how we approach traditional birding and what we get out of it. Slow Birding is a practice that builds a deeper observation of birds while at the same time creating a deeper connection to your self and the place you live.

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Friday Morning Fall Bird Walks

September 18 @ 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30 AM on Friday, repeating until September 25, 2020

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

Our traditional weekly morning bird walks are back! Learn about bird identification, ecology, and life history during these casual strolls with staff in search of fall migratory songbirds. Registration is not required, but masks and social distancing are! Group size is limited, and your flexibility is appreciated to ensure the safety of all participants. Participants must fill out a short health screening upon arrival.

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