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Larry,

 I'd like to go on the Lake Champlain birding trip. Am I currently a member
of NBNC?

     Tom Slayton

On Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 1:32 PM, Larry Clarfeld <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hi VTBirders,
>
> It's no Pochard, but we were excited to have a Northern Shrike land in the
> big red maple tree outside the office windows at North Branch Nature Center
> (in Montpelier).  We've affectionately come to know this tree as the "tree
> of life" and have observed over 50 species of birds in it over the years!
> Northern Shrike wasn't new to our "tree list," but was last seen in the
> tree in January of 2009.  The bird was seen at around 1:00 and flew from
> the red maple to the top of a cedar near the parking lot before we lost
> track of it.  On the property overall, Shrike is seen here annually.
>
> Good Birding,
> Larry
>
> p.s.  The Nature Center is organizing a trip to the Champlain Valley later
> this month... info is below:
> *
> Lake Champlain Birding*
> Saturday, January 19, 8:00 - 4:30 p.m.
> Fee: $20 members , $25 nonmembers
> Come explore the wetlands, fields and water bodies of the Champlain Valley
> for waterfowl and winter birds. We’ll seek out Rough-legged Hawks, rafts of
> Scaup and other waterfowl, Snow Buntings and Lapland Longspurs, and make a
> special effort to find Short-eared Owls.
>
> --
> 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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