Calling all youth birders!
North Branch Nature Center is reaching out to all youth birders in an
effort to put together a team of young birders to represent Vermont at the
14th Annual Superbowl of Birding. The event, which hosted by Mass
Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center, is a 12 hour period of birding with
the goal of finding as many species as possible within Rockingham County,
NH and Essex County, MA. Each species is weighted based on difficulty and
assigned points accordingly. For example: 1 point for Chickadees and 5
points for Dovekies. The team with the highest point tally wins. Over the
years, NBNC’s youth and young adult teams have tallied nearly 100 species,
including gems like King Eider, Razorbill, and Snowy Owl, and has won the
Newbie Award (given to the participant tallying the most life birds).
We would be leaving from the nature center in Montpelier at 4 p.m. Friday,
January the 27th and returning late the next night. We are asking a fee of
$150 for children 12 and under and $165 for anyone over the age of 12.
This fee is to cover the cost of the trip which includes a rental van, gas,
entrance fee, etc...
Please let me know if you would like to have your child join the team and
please pass this along to any young birders you may know! If you have any
questions, you can reach me at [log in to unmask] or by
calling the North Branch Nature Center at 802-229-6206.
North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Naturalist Journey’s Lecture Series
7 pm. At the Unitarian Church of Montpelier
The Rise and Fall of the Timber Rattlesnake. Author and Naturalist, *Ted
Levin* will discuss a six-year inquiry into the natural and not-so-natural
history of the timber rattlesnake. Ted looks at the biology and the
conservation efforts in New England, to protect timber rattlesnakes, as
well as the misguided attempts to destroy them or to take them home as