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Hi VTBirders,

This morning, a Northern Shrike was found singing from inside a honeysuckle
bush at the North Branch Nature Center.  We also had a Shrike (the same
one?) singing here last week.

Some other noteworthy (first of the year) sightings include very active
Golden-crowned Kinglets, a drumming Ruffed Grouse, and a female Eastern
Bluebird joining the male that has been here for a few weeks.  A complete
list of today's sightings is posted below, as well as a few Nature Center
events that may be of interest.  Have a great weekend,

 - Larry

*Confronting the Coffee Crisis*
Friday, April 2, 7:00 pm (at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier)
Fee: donations welcome, food and beverages available
Our morning cups of coffee connect us to a global industry and an export
crisis in the tropics that is destroying livelihoods, undermining the
cohesion of families and communities, and threatening ecosystems.  These
disturbing problems and their possible solutions are the subject of research
for UVM assistant professor Ernesto Mendez, who will lead a presentation
based on his book, Confronting the coffee crisis: sustaining livelihoods and
ecosystems in Mexico and Central America.

*Owl Prowl & Snipe Search* (Youth Event)
Friday, April 9, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
There are so many great reasons to explore the forest after dark, and a new
set of birds is just one reason. We’ll start at dusk by looking for snipe
and woodcock and then go searching for Saw-whet, Greathorned, and Barred
Owls.  For all other youth birding programs, visit
www.NorthBranchNatureCenter.org/youthbird.html


*North Branch Nature Center - birds seen 3/26/10*
Ruffed Grouse (drumming)
Turkey Vulture
Mourning Dove
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Northern Shrike (singing)
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee (singing)
Tufted Titmouse (singing)
White-breasted Nuthatch
Golden-crowned Kinglet (singing)
Eastern Bluebird (male has been around a few weeks, first sighting of female
today)
American Robin
American Tree Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco (flyover)
Northern Cardinal (singing)
Red-winged Blackbird (singing)
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch

-- 
Larry Clarfeld
Environmental Educator
Youth Birding Coordinator

North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm St.
Montpelier, VT 05602

www.NorthBranchNatureCenter.org
(802) 229-6206
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