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North Branch Nature Center

April 2020

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

April 9 @ 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. 

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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: Link to join at: https://northbranchnaturecenter.org/online 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 from. Presented by NBNC's Zac Cota…

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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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May 2020

Friday Morning Spring Bird Walks 2020

May 1 @ 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 AM on Friday, repeating until June 19, 2020

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 NBNC members, $10non-members. Locations Vary.

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Birding Basics Class

May 3 @ 6:30 AM - 11:00 AM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$105

Become a better birder! In this popular four-part class, you’ll develop a breadth of knowledge and skills to better appreciate Vermont’s common and not-so-common birdlife.

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

May 7 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602

Join beekeepers and co-authors Bill Mares & Kim Greenwood for a booksigning & talk about "The Land of Milk and Honey: a history of beekeeping in Vermont," at the North Branch Nature Center! Hosted by Bear Pond Books

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Spring Wild Edibles Workshop

May 17 @ 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$30

A veritable smorgasbord of edible plants are springing up across our fields and forests this time of year. Learn to identify and sustainably harvest a variety of plants and how to eat your way through some non-native species. We will cover tips and tricks to incorporate wild foods into your regular diet and some ways to extend the harvest. Led by NBNC Teacher/Naturalist and forager Ken Benton. 

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July 2020

Wetland and Rivershore Plants with Aaron Marcus and Native Plant Trust

July 9 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$40

Spend an afternoon with Vermont Assistant State Botanist, Aaron Marcus, exploring wetland habitats, some of the most botanically diverse and biologically productive landscapes in New England. We will learn about numerous plants that have adapted to the rivershores, floodplains, beaver meadows, marshes, and forested seeps of central Vermont.

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Adirondack Adventure for Teens

July 13 - July 17
North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
$525

Exploring the threatened habitats of the Adirondack Mountains, we'll visit ancient boreal forests, search for bog-nesting birds, canoe the Racquette River, and hike to the sensitive alpine zone of the high peaks. Throughout, we'll meet professionals working to protect these areas and learn how we can advocate for change back home in Vermont.

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