Hello birders, My apologies for the potentially off-topic post, but I thought birders might want to know about a birding trip I'm leading to the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Needless to say, it's a spectacular birding destination and April will be the perfect time to experience both resident species and plenty of migrants. And who knows, maybe the Northern Jacana hanging out at Santa Ana will stick around for us! For more information you can visit the North Branch Nature Center website - http://www.northbranchnaturecenter.org/nbncbirds.html or email me at [log in to unmask] Or even better, give me a call at the number below. And check out Bryan Pfeiffer's recent blog post, if you're looking for some enticement! http://bryanpfeiffer.com/2016/01/06/life-in-flight-in-the-rio-grande-valley/ Best, Chip Chip Darmstadt, Executive Director North Branch Nature Center (802) 229-6206 www.NorthBranchNatureCenter.org <http://www.northbranchnaturecenter.org/> NATURALIST JOURNEYS - Starting Friday, January 8, 2016 at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier Homo naledi: A new human ancestor from the Cradle of Humankind in South Africa In 2013, six women scientists squeezed through the twisting passages of Rising Star cave, South Africa, descended to a depth of 100 feet, and there excavated over 1,500 fossils from a previously unknown human ancestor. This unprecedented collection of ancient human bones -the largest ever discovered on the continent of Africa -represents at least 15 individuals from a new species of early human named Homo naledi. Dartmouth College Anthropology Professor Jeremy DeSilva has been working on these fossils and will present what we know about these early humans and how we know it.