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Hi VTBirders!

We had a very productive bird walk at NBNC this morning under a heavy
blanket of fog.  Large mixed-species flocks were moving quickly through the
tree tops and we only saw a portion of all the birds present.  But 8
warbler species and 4 vireo species (Philadelphia, Red-eyed, Warbling, and
Blue-headed) were amongst those we *did *see well enough to ID!  The other
highlight was a juvenile Cooper's Hawk perched at close range along the
community garden.  Full bird list is at:
http://ebird.org/ebird/vt/view/checklist?subID=S15213077

Good birding,
Larry

*The Onion River 8k Trail Race*
Saturday, September 21, races begin at 9:30 a.m.
Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.
FeeL *$10 adults, $5 kids, $15 day-of
*In collaboration with Onion River Sports, NBNC will be hosting our second
annual 8K trail race. Join us for an adventuresome run on the trails at
NBNC and support nature while having fun and staying healthy. We'll have a
race for the kids too! For more information contact: Onion River Sports at
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*Monarch Butterfly Tagging*
Wednesdays, September 25, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Fee: $5 adults, $3 child
Drop by any time between from 3:30 on to catch, tag * *and release some
migrating monarchs. We’ll look for other butterflies and bugs as well! We
have nets to share, but bring a net if you have one.

*Beginner Naturalist Mini-Course*
*Thursdays, September 26, Oct. 10, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.*
*Sundays, Sept. 29 & Oct. 13, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.*
*Fee: $165 members, $180 nonmembers*
Being a naturalist is more than just knowing how to identify plants and
animals; it is about understanding the role each organism plays in our
ecosystem and how they all fit together.  In this mini-course, taught by
Larry Clarfeld, we will explore all of these aspects of being a naturalist
through evening lectures and extended field excursions.  Click
here<http://www.northbranchnaturecenter.org/naturalistcourse.html>for
a detailed breakdown of course topics or contact Larry at 229-6206.
*Max. of 12 participants, so sign up early!*

*Fall Migration Bird Walks*
*Fridays, Sept. 27 and Oct. 4, 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Fee: free for members and kids, $10 for nonmembers*
September is the peak of fall songbird migration, and the woods and fields
along the North Branch are excellent places to witness it. Come for a
morning walk to search for migrating warblers, vireos, tanagers, thrushes
and more. Beginners welcome! Binoculars available for loan.


-- 
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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