We'd like to invite everyone to BirdFest, our annual bird festival for all
ages, on September 7th from 7am - 2pm. Join morning bird walks, visit our
songbird banding station, see live raptors up close, learn from local bird
biologists, and partake in a dozen different activities for kids and
families at our BirdCraft tent.
Of particular interest to this group will be the following workshops and
presentations by some really terrific people:
10 am | Slow Birding with the Bird Diva, Bridget Butler
Slow Birding is a practice which builds a deeper observation of birds while
creating a deeper connection to yourself and the place you live. Come be a
part of a collective sit spot session to both watch and listen to birds as
a group. We’ll learn how to look with and without binoculars, map what
we’re hearing and seeing, and take field notes that will improve not only
our identification skills but also our awareness of what’s happening on the
landscape. Please bring a portable chair or stool if you would like to
attend this session.
11 am | Bird Conservation in Vermont: How can landowners make a difference?
- Margaret Fowle, Audubon Vermont
Vermont provides important habitat for an abundance of bird species, and
some like Chimney Swifts, Bobolinks, and Wood Thrush are in decline, and
others like Peregrine Falcons and Bald Eagles have made a comeback. Come
hear an informative presentation about the status of some of our critical
bird species and how humans can play a role in providing the places they
need to thrive.
Noon | Nocturnal Bird Migration & Flight Calls - Bill Evans, Acoustic
For more than 30 years Bill Evans has been studying the vocalizations birds
give during their clandestine nocturnal migrations. Bill will share
insights into this cryptic night flight calling phenomenon, play examples
of the calls, and present preliminary results from a microphone monitoring
the calls atop the North Branch Nature Center this season.
1 pm | Keynote: Saving the Bird in the Bush - the Bird Diva, Bridget Butler
The top two pastimes in North America are gardening and birdwatching, when
you put the two together you get "birdscaping" or landscaping with birds in
mind. Bridget will share how you can turn your yard into a haven for birds
and share some of the current research on ensuring that even in urban areas
we're meeting the needs of our feathered friends. It's all about paying it
forward for the birds we enjoy through our love of nurturing the land.
The full BirdFest schedule is available at
North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm St, Montpelier VT 05602
(802) 229-6206 x 102