Explore the different strategies insects and other arthropods have for surviving the winter. Each species has one life stage that overwinters, which may be the adult, egg, larva/nymph, or pupa. Each unit will focus on one of these life stages, including examples of species that can be found out in the open all winter as well as some that are hidden from view.

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This course is designed for those who wish to embrace the cold — to explore, understand, and appreciate the winter world. Students will learn how to read the winter landscape, explore ice age relics clinging to alpine summits, decipher animal tracks, tackle the challenge of winter tree ID, and discuss the implications of Lake Champlain’s warming waters.

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Every spring, naturalists seek the friendly faces of Spring Beauty, Red Trillium, and Bloodroot as symbols of warming temperatures and lengthening days. These dense carpets of herbaceous plants  in the forest floor comprise the majority of vascular plant biodiversity in the north woods. Yet past agricultural activity and other contemporary factors have left many modern forests without these plants, and with little opportunity for natural reestablishment. In this presentation, learn about the little-known ecosystem of dispersers, pollinators, seed thieves, and the other characters involved in the ecology of spring ephemerals. We’ll discuss factors affecting plant distribution on the landscape, and explore current research and restoration initiatives around eastern forests.

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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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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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By Caitlyn Bain, NBNC AmeriCorps Teacher-Naturalist Ever wondered why a fox is allowed to “go” in the woods, yet your dog’s waste is bad news for the environment? Did you know that dog waste is one of the leading causes of water quality hazard in some local watersheds? Get your pup and check out this…

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