Hi VTBirders,

The North Branch Nature Center's annual winter lecture/slideshow series,
"Naturalist Journeys", begins next Friday (1/18).  Vermont photographer
Heather Forcier will launch the series with fabulous stories and images of
birds and other wildlife from her travels throughout North America.  You
can preview some of Heather's photography here:

While the other presentations in the series are not directly bird related,
they will likely be of interest to those on this listserv, so I have
included info about all lectures below.

Good birding,

*North Branch Nature Centerís
Naturalist Journeys Slide Show and Lecture Series *

All programs start at 7:00 pm at the Unitarian Church on Main Street in
Montpelier, across from the Kellogg-Hubbard Library
Donations welcomed.
Food and beverages will be available.

*Friday, January 18, 2013
**Spectacles of Nature: A Photographic Journey *

Growing up, native Vermonter *Heather Forcier* was inspired by the beauty
of nature around her and began her pursuit of nature photography here.
 Ultimately her travels took her throughout North America, to Churchill,
Manitoba and the Galapagos Islands of South America.  Her presentation is a
collection of images and stories of the incredible birds, animals and
scenery she has witnessed over ten years of nature photography.

*Friday, February 1, 2013
**The Geology of the Anti-Atlas Mountains of Morocco *

The Kingdom of Morocco is assessing their natural resource potential
through a comprehensive national plan of modern geologic mapping.  Mapping
of over 5,000 square kilometers in the Anti-Atlas Mountains was completed
by the U.S. Geological Survey from 2000-2008. *Greg Walsh* will present the
results of this work along with a slide show and discussion of the natural
history of this picturesque land on the northern margin of the Sahara.

*Friday, February 15, 2013
Winter Wildlife Tracking *

From mink trails, moose scrapes, fox tracks, turkey scat to squirrel
taps---what can we learn from our wild neighbors? Come find out, with local
tracker *Angella Gibbons*, who will share an inspiring slide show and
stories that can help reveal many tracking mysteries! Angella has been
connecting people of all ages to the wild for 25 years; is the founding
director of EarthWalk Vermont and holds a Level III certificate in Wildlife
Track & Sign through Cybertracker Conservation.

*Friday, March 1, 2013
Caterpillars: The Art of Survival *

Caterpillars in art, science, and education.  Naturalist-photographer *Samuel
Jaffe* will present his photographs and discuss his work with native
caterpillars.  Highlights will include details on caterpillar behavior as
well as on caterpillar finding, rearing, and photographing techniques.  In
addition, Sam will discuss how he has incorporated caterpillars into
educational programming and curriculum in the hopes of fostering a new
generation of aware and passionate naturalists.

*Friday March 8, 2012
Come with me to Tanzania *

Little did I, *Annie Tiberio Cameron*, know when I journeyed to Tanzania to
visit my daughter the trip would open up a completely new view of Africa,
different from the one Iíd held my whole life.  I got a taste of what has
captivated Jenny about Africa while working and studying there, and through
her fluency in Swahili and many friends, I was afforded a very personal
view of Tanzania.  We traveled by local busses, stayed in homes, and went
to places less common for regular tourists.  Come take an armchair journey
with me on safari in 2 national parks, peek into Tanzanian everyday life,
and experience Zanzibar, mysterious spice island with an amalgam of three
cultures: Tanzanian, Indian, and Arabian.

Larry Clarfeld
Environmental Educator
Youth Birding Coordinator

North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm St.
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 229-6206
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