Grasslands Bird Trip
Jul
8
7:00 am07:00

Grasslands Bird Trip

  • St. Albans Recreation Department

This half-day trip will take us to a number of hotspots in Franklin County in search of Bobolinks, Eastern Meadowlarks and Vesper Sparrows. Half-day trip.

This program is sponsored by the St. Albans Recreation Department. The van will leave the Barlow Street Community Center at 7:00 am and return at approximately 11 am. Please dress for the weather and bring extra clothing. If you have them, we encourage you to bring your field guide, binoculars, camera, and any other optics gear you might want that day. Your guide will have a scope for participants to share. 

Registration is required for bird walks offered by the St. Albans Recreation Department in St. Albans, Vermont. The fee is $25 residents/$35 non-residents. Please call the Recreation Department at 524-1500 x266 to sign up for individual walks! NEED 8 participants for each trip to run! Limited to 10.

For more information visit: http://bit.ly/FW_STAREC

Heron Rookery Visit - Vermont Land Trust
Jul
11
5:30 pm17:30

Heron Rookery Visit - Vermont Land Trust

VLT celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and they're inviting you to the festivities! They're hosting 40 events across the state--visit vlt.org/events to find out what's happening near you. On July 11th in Bakersfield, we'll visit an active heron rookery with Bird Diva Bridget Butler.

Registration details to follow soon. Space is limited.

 

 

Hawk Watch Trip
Sep
16
8:00 am08:00

Hawk Watch Trip

A day trip to Mount Philo State Park renowned as one of the best hawk watching sites in Vermont! We'll watch the annual migration of raptors including Broad-winged Hawks, eagles, Osprey, Peregrine Falcons and more. 

This program is sponsored by the St. Albans Recreation Department. The van will leave the Barlow Street Community Center at 8:00 am and return at approximately 4:00 pm. Please dress for the weather and bring extra clothing. We will make a stop for food, however, you should bring some food and plenty of water. If you have them, we encourage you to bring your field guide, binoculars, camera, and any other optics gear you might want that day. Your guide will have a scope for participants to share. 

Registration is required for  monthly bird walks offered by the St. Albans Recreation Department in St. Albans, Vermont. The fee is $35 residents/$46 non-residents. Please call the Recreation Department at 524-1500 x266 to sign up for individual walks! NEED 8 participants for each trip to run! Limited to 10.

For more information visit: http://bit.ly/FW_STAREC


Bird Walk - Richford
May
21
7:00 am07:00

Bird Walk - Richford

Location: Goyne Property in Richford
Sponsored by: Richford & Montgomery Conservation Commissions
Contact: richfordconservation@gmail.com or 933-2416

Bird Diva, Bridget Butler will be our guide and birdsong interpreter! Meet at Pratt Hall in Montgomery Village to caravan to a nearby location. While scouting for birds, we will learn about birds' needs for various habitats and what landowners can do to encourage a diversity of species.

Warbler Walk - The Nature Conservancy
May
20
7:30 am07:30

Warbler Walk - The Nature Conservancy

  • Helen Buckner Preserve

For the third year in a row, I'll be heading back to the Helen W. Buckner Preserve in southern Vermont for The Nature Conservancy.  

Register by visiting the Nature Conservancy events page HERE.

While the Helen W. Buckner Preserve is well know for it's Peregrine Falcon sightings, it's also host to an incredible suite of warblers and other songbirds. Join us as we look for warblers like the Prairie Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler and show-stoppers like the Golden-winged Warbler which is the focus of current regional conservation efforts. With 20+ warbler species documented for the site, we're sure to get our fill at the peak of spring migration.

Space is limited to 12 people. Please register early to save your spot!

Spring Migration Trip
May
13
7:00 am07:00

Spring Migration Trip

  • St. Albans Recreation Department

This half-day trip will take us to a number of hotspots in Franklin County including Aldis Hill, the St. Albans Town Forest, and Mills River Falls Natural Area. Warblers, flycatchers and other songbirds will fill our list! 

This program is sponsored by the St. Albans Recreation Department. The van will leave the Barlow Street Community Center at 7:00 am and return at approximately 11 am. Please dress for the weather and bring extra clothing. If you have them, we encourage you to bring your field guide, binoculars, camera, and any other optics gear you might want that day. Your guide will have a scope for participants to share. 

Registration is required for bird walks offered by the St. Albans Recreation Department in St. Albans, Vermont. The fee is $25 residents/$35 non-residents. Please call the Recreation Department at 524-1500 x266 to sign up for individual walks! NEED 8 participants for each trip to run! Limited to 10.

For more information visit: http://bit.ly/FW_STAREC

The Wonders of Wood-Warblers ~ Colchester
May
11
6:30 pm18:30

The Wonders of Wood-Warblers ~ Colchester

  • Burnham Memorial Library

This brand new program is in the works at the request of the Green Mountain Audubon Society. I'm thrilled to have an opportunity to share my experience learning these jewels of Vermont and the conservation efforts to keep them on our landscape. 

Who are the Wood Warblers and why do birders lose their minds over them each spring? These small songbirds are not only incredibly colorful with necklaces and eye-rings, but beautiful songsters as well. And, they're maddening! They're quick, sometimes elusive and everyone's in a rush to get a glimpse of a little warbler eye-candy before all the trees leaf out for the summer. With forty-one species documented in Vermont, there's a lot to be on the lookout for! Join Bird Diva Bridget Butler to learn more about warblers in Vermont, how to find them and some tips on how to look and listen for these winged jewels.

Bird Is A Verb ~ Chester
Apr
27
7:00 pm19:00

Bird Is A Verb ~ Chester

  • NewsBank Conference Center

Do you smile at the first sounds of the winged harbingers of spring like the Red-winged Blackbird or the American Woodcock?  Does the chirp of a chickadee stop you in your tracks? Join us for a spring tune-up just in time for bird migration season when The Nature Museum teams up with Bridget Butler, The Bird Diva, to provide a unique birding program!

Butler will present "Bird is a Verb" on Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. at NewsBank Conference Center at 352 Main Street in Chester, VT.  Light refreshments will be served.  

An estimated 5.8 million people in the United States bird-watch. This lively program full of gorgeous bird song and useful tips will have you tuned into the bird world around you like never before. Butler will share tips and tricks for bird identification, talk about equipment & resources, teach participants about birding by ear, and describe various natural communities for different suites of birds. Bridget Butler, aka "The Bird Diva", invites you to become one of the "flock" by discovering the pleasure of one of the most popular pastimes in the country.

The Messenger - A documentary film on songbirds
Apr
22
7:00 pm19:00

The Messenger - A documentary film on songbirds

  • Montgomery Grange Hall

The Richford and Montgomery Conservation Commissions will be hosting a viewing of "The Messenger", a documentary about the incredible journey birds make twice a year during migration, and the current perils they face. This acclaimed movie provides a learning experience about an amazing natural phenomenon, a call to action to help our beloved songbirds, and a feast for the eyes. Area birding experts will lead a discussion following the showing.

Click here to learn more about the film The Messenger.

Owls of Vermont ~ OLLI St. Albans
Apr
19
11:00 am11:00

Owls of Vermont ~ OLLI St. Albans

  • St. Albans Museum

With ten different species of owls found in the state, there's plenty to hoot about! Join Bird Diva Bridget Butler for a lively presentation on these charismatic birds. You'll learn where and when to look for owls as well as how to recognize the calls of our most common owls - Bridget will have you hooting by the end of the show. Find out why these birds are so amazing and what you can do to keep owls a part of the Vermont landscape!

This presentation is hosted by OLLI, the OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute of UVM.  It will be located at the St. Albans Museum, on the third floor, corner of Church and Bishop Streets in St. Albans.

The lecture site is handicap accessible with parking available behind the museum.

Details available at: http://bit.ly/OLLIStAlbans

Bird Is a Verb ~ Manchester
Mar
23
5:30 pm17:30

Bird Is a Verb ~ Manchester

  • Burr and Burton Academy - Hunter Seminar Room

An estimated 5.8 million people in the United States bird watch! Become one of the "flock" during this workshop discovering the pleasure of one of the most popular pastimes in the country. Learn tips & tricks for bird identification, find out about equipment & resources, discover birding by ear and explore various natural communities for different suites of birds.

This presentation is hosted by the Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning based in Manchester/Dorset Vermont.

Learn more about their programming at: https://greenmtnacademy.org/

Boreal Birds in the Northeast Kingdom
Mar
18
7:30 am07:30

Boreal Birds in the Northeast Kingdom

  • Barlow Street Community Center

We'll take a day trip to the Northeast Kingdom's Moose Bog to try our luck at finding birds unique to boreal forests in that region - the Gray Jay, Spruce Grouse, Boreal Chickadee, and Black-backed Woodpecker. Driving the roads near the Wenlock Wildlife Management area and Silvio Conte Wildlife Refuge by van, we'll stop at various habitats for short easy walks along roads, or scope open areas and bogs.

This program is sponsored by the St. Albans Recreation Department. The van will leave the Barlow Street Community Center at 7:30 am and return at approximately 4:30 pm. Please dress for the weather and bring extra clothing. We will make a stop for food, however, you should bring some food and plenty of water. If you have them, we encourage you to bring your field guide, binoculars, camera, and any other optics gear you might want that day. Your guide will have a scope for participants to share. 

Registration is required for  monthly bird walks offered by the St. Albans Recreation Department in St. Albans, Vermont. The fee is $35 residents/$46 non-residents. Please call the Recreation Department at 524-1500 x266 to sign up for individual walks! NEED 8 participants for each trip to run! Limited to 10.

For more information visit: http://bit.ly/FW_STAREC

Winter Waterfowl Adventure
Jan
14
7:30 am07:30

Winter Waterfowl Adventure

  • Barlow Street Community Center

A day trip to cruise Lake Champlain for winter waterfowl and bald eagles. We'll head south to the broader part of the Lake to look for wintering ducks & gulls, while scanning roadsides & fields for Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspurs and more!

This program is sponsored by the St. Albans Recreation Department. The van will leave the Barlow Street Community Center at 7:30 am and return at approximately 4:30 pm. Please dress for the weather and bring extra clothing. We will make a stop for food, however, you should bring some food and plenty of water. If you have them, we encourage you to bring your field guide, binoculars, camera, and any other optics gear you might want that day. Your guide will have a scope for participants to share. 

Registration is required for  monthly bird walks offered by the St. Albans Recreation Department in St. Albans, Vermont. The fee is $35 residents/$46 non-residents. Please call the Recreation Department at 524-1500 x266 to sign up for individual walks! NEED 8 participants for each trip to run! Limited to 10.

For more information visit: http://bit.ly/FW_STAREC

Suds & Science ~ WildPaths-Roadways & Wildlife Connectivity
Jan
10
7:00 pm19:00

Suds & Science ~ WildPaths-Roadways & Wildlife Connectivity

Please join scientists from the Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) and colleagues at the Norwich Inn on January 10th from 7-8 pm, for a cold brew and stimulating conversation. Bridget Butler, Program Director at Cold Hollow to Canada, will tell you more than you thought you would ever want to know about roadkill in Vermont. Bridget will discuss her innovative citizen science initiative, WildPaths, created to understand how wildlife move across the landscape. We promise you will never look at roadkill the same way again, and you might just be persuaded to stop and snap a photograph to submit to WildPaths.

Bridget Butler, better known as the Bird Diva, is a naturalist living in the Cold Hollow Mountains of Vermont. In addition to leading birding tours and workshops, Bridget started the Crows in Vermont iNaturalist project and is the Program Director for Cold Hollow to Canada, who’s work ensures that a healthy and intact forested landscape supports a strong and sustainable local economy through stewardship across the Northern Forest. 

Suds & Science is a free science discussion series (no PowerPoint!) generously underwritten by the Norwich Inn and the Norwich’s Women’s Club. No advance registration is necessary. For further details contact Jason Hill (jhill@vtecostudies.org).

For more info please see http://vtecostudies.org/suds-and-science/

Snow Goose Extravaganza!
Nov
19
7:30 am07:30

Snow Goose Extravaganza!

  • Barlow Street Community Center

A day trip to head to the other side of Lake Champlain to search out snow goose staging spots. We'll head to Chazy, NY stopping at various spots along the way to look for snow geese. Last year flocks of more than 20,000 geese were spotted in fields and along the lakeshore! 

This program is sponsored by the St. Albans Recreation Department. The van will leave the Barlow Street Community Center at 7:30 am and return at approximately 4:30 pm. Please dress for the weather and bring extra clothing. We will make a stop for food, however, you should bring some food and plenty of water. If you have them, we encourage you to bring your field guide, binoculars, camera, and any other optics gear you might want that day. Your guide will have a scope for participants to share. 

Registration is required for  monthly bird walks offered by the St. Albans Recreation Department in St. Albans, Vermont. The fee is $35 residents/$46 non-residents. Please call the Recreation Department at 524-1500 x266 to sign up for individual walks! NEED 8 participants for each trip to run! Limited to 10.

For more information visit: http://bit.ly/FW_STAREC

Birding Franklin County- St. Albans Recreation
Aug
13
7:00 am07:00

Birding Franklin County- St. Albans Recreation

We've lengthened this month's walk so that we can carpool together to where the birds are being seen. Who knows where the birds will lead us; Lake Champlain, Lake Carmi, the Swanton Airport or Rock River Wildlife Management Area!

Registration is required for  monthly bird walks offered by the St. Albans Recreation Department in St. Albans, Vermont. The fee is $10 residents/$13 non-residents. Please call the Recreation Department at 524-1500 x266 to sign up for individual walks! 

Meet at the Barlow Street School in St. Albans.

For more information visit: http://bit.ly/StARec_SS_2016

Birding Franklin County- St. Albans Recreation
Jul
9
7:00 am07:00

Birding Franklin County- St. Albans Recreation

  • Barlow Street School

We've lengthened this month's walk so that we can carpool together to where the birds are being seen. Who knows where the birds will lead us; Lake Champlain, Lake Carmi, the Swanton Airport or Rock River Wildlife Management Area!

Registration is required for  monthly bird walks offered by the St. Albans Recreation Department in St. Albans, Vermont. The fee is $10 residents/$13 non-residents. Please call the Recreation Department at 524-1500 x266 to sign up for individual walks! 

Meet at the Barlow Street School in St. Albans. 

For more information and to register online: http://bit.ly/StARec_SS_2016

Town Forest Bird Walk - St. Albans Recreation
Jun
11
7:00 am07:00

Town Forest Bird Walk - St. Albans Recreation

  • St. Albans Town Forest

St. Albans Town Forest is a gem of a spot for birding in Franklin County! Join me for a walk to explore the trails and the habitats looking for migrating and breeding songbirds. This 162 acre site boasts more than 70 species including Black-throated Blue Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Scarlet Tanager. 

Registration is required for  monthly bird walks offered by the St. Albans Recreation Department in St. Albans, Vermont. The fee is $10 residents/$13 non-residents. Please call the Recreation Department at 524-1500 x266 to sign up for individual walks! 

Meet at the Town Forest on Forest Drive off of French Hill Road in St. Albans. Parking area will be on your right at the end of Forest Drive.

For more information and to register online: http://bit.ly/StARec_SS_2016

BirdFest - North Branch Nature Center
May
28
7:00 am07:00

BirdFest - North Branch Nature Center

Join the North Branch Nature Center on May 28th for BirdFest, our 5th annual celebration of birds! The event kicks off with bird walks beginning at 7:00 am, and features workshops, live raptors, kids activities, a bird banding demo, bird house building, a photo contest and much more! $15 for non-members, $10 for members, free for kids and Montpelier residents.

Details at: http://www.northbranchnaturecenter.org/birdfest.html

Warbler Walk - The Nature Conservancy
May
21
7:30 am07:30

Warbler Walk - The Nature Conservancy

  • Helen Buckner Preserve

It was so popular last year, I'll be heading back to the Helen W. Buckner Preserve in southern Vermont for The Nature Conservancy.  Save the date! Registration details with TNC will be posted soon!

While the Helen W. Buckner Preserve is well know for it's Peregrine Falcon sightings, it's also host to an incredible suite of warblers and other songbirds. Join us as we look for warblers like the Prairie Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler and show-stoppers like the Golden-winged Warbler which is the focus of current regional conservation efforts. With 20+ warbler species documented for the site, we're sure to get our fill at the peak of spring migration.

Space is limited. 

Town Forest Bird Walk - St. Albans Recreation
May
14
7:30 am07:30

Town Forest Bird Walk - St. Albans Recreation

  • St. Albans Town Forest

St. Albans Town Forest is a gem of a spot for birding in Franklin County! Join me for a walk to explore the trails and the habitats looking for migrating and breeding songbirds. This 162 acre site boasts more than 70 species including Black-throated Blue Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Scarlet Tanager. 

Registration is required for  monthly bird walks offered by the St. Albans Recreation Department in St. Albans, Vermont. The fee is $10 residents/$13 non-residents. Please call the Recreation Department at 524-1500 x266 to sign up for individual walks! 

Meet at the Town Forest on Forest Drive off of French Hill Road in St. Albans. Parking area will be on your right at the end of Forest Drive.

For more information and to register online: http://bit.ly/StARec_SS_2016

 

Birdsong Tune Up - OLLI St. Albans
Apr
20
11:00 am11:00

Birdsong Tune Up - OLLI St. Albans

  • St. Albans Historical Museum

Host: OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Vermont

The landscape is full of bird song wherever you go, whether downtown or high up in the mountains. Join me for a spring tune up as we learn to train our ears to the differences in bird song. We'll break down songs using phonetics, descriptions and drawings. Find out how to increase your ability to identify birds by sound with some simple steps to build your repertoire. This is a lively program full of gorgeous bird songs and useful tips which will have you tuned into the world around you like never before.

*Lectures are also open to non-members of OSHER for a fee of $5 per lecture.

Located at the St. Albans Historical Society on Church Street in St. Albans on the third floor. Parking is behind the building which is wheelchair accessible.

For more information visit: http://bit.ly/OLLIBirdDiva

Northeast Kingdom Trip - St. Albans Recreation
Apr
9
7:00 am07:00

Northeast Kingdom Trip - St. Albans Recreation

  • Barlow Street School

We'll take a day trip to the Northeast Kingdom's Moose Bog to try our luck at finding birds unique to boreal forests in that region - the Gray Jay, Spruce Grouse, Boreal Chickadee, and Black-backed Woodpecker. Driving the roads near the Wenlock Wildlife Management area and Silvio Conte Wildlife Refuge by van, we'll stop at various habitats for short easy walks along roads, or scope open areas and bogs.

Wear warm clothing (bring extra), and bring plenty of food and water. If you have them, we encourage you to bring your field guide, binoculars, camera and any other optics gear you might want that day. Your guide will have a scope for participants to share. 

Minimum 8 people/Maximum 14

Registration is required with the St. Albans Recreation Department in St. Albans, Vermont. The fee is $35 residents/$46 non-residents. Please call the Recreation Department at 524-1500 x266 to sign up for individual walks! 

Meet at the Barlow Street School in St. Albans. 

For more information and to register online: http://bit.ly/StARec_SS_2016

Apps for Nature Geeks
Apr
2
10:00 am10:00

Apps for Nature Geeks

  • St. Albans Free Library

We often escape into nature to disconnect and recharge, but technology can help both intensify and capture our observations. Join Bird Diva Bridget Butler for this workshop on how to use a variety of smartphone and tablet applications with nature in mind. We'll explore, eBird, iNaturalist, LeafSnap, Handy GPS and others, as well as their websites. Please bring your own smartphone or tablet, wifi will be available.  This is a FREE workshop!

Please call the St. Albans Free Library at 802-524-1507 or email Bridget at birddiva@gmail.com to register.

Sponsored by: Vermont Coverts, Cold Hollow to Canada & the St. Albans Free Library

Birding Franklin County- St. Albans Recreation
Mar
19
7:30 am07:30

Birding Franklin County- St. Albans Recreation

  • Barlow Street School

We've lengthened this walk so that we can carpool together to where the birds are being seen. Who knows where the birds will lead us; Lake Champlain, Lake Carmi, wind swept farm fields or streets lined with crabapple treats!

Registration is required for  monthly bird walks offered by the St. Albans Recreation Department in St. Albans, Vermont. The fee is $10 residents/$13 non-residents. Please call the Recreation Department at 524-1500 x266 to sign up for individual walks! 

Meet at the Barlow Street School in St. Albans. 

For more information and to register online: http://bit.ly/StARec_SS_2016

Winter Doe Camp - Vermont Outdoors Women
Mar
11
Mar 13

Winter Doe Camp - Vermont Outdoors Women

  • Hulbert Outdoor Center

I'll be leading two Winter Birding Expeditions and an Owl Prowl at Vermont Outdoor Women's annual Winter Doe Camp. A weekend of amazing classes and amazing women from all over the region will gather at the Hulbert Outdoor Center to put winter play into practice! Details can be found here: http://bit.ly/Winter_DoeCamp

St. Albans Winter Carnival - Winter Walk
Feb
28
11:00 am11:00

St. Albans Winter Carnival - Winter Walk

  • Hard'ack Recreation Area

Join Bird Diva and Naturalist Bridget Butler for this family friendly walk exploring the woodland and shrubland at Hard'ack. We'll play some games along the way and learn about what it's like for wildlife during a wacky winter like this. Be a part of the adventure as we look for Hard'ack's namesake in the woods, find animal tracks & signs and spy a bird or two!

FREE but pre-registration required at: http://bit.ly/Walk4WinterCarnival

The 8th Annual St. Albans Winter is a fantastic weekend of outdoor fun with games, contests, fireworks, races and all kinds of outdoor adventure for the whole family. Events take place Saturday afternoon in Taylor Park in the heart of downtown St. Albans culminating in a beautiful winter fireworks display on Saturday evening. The ACE Duct Tape Derby, Elks BBQ, sliding, skating, 1st Annual Flag Football Snow Bowl and other activities take place at Hard'ack on Sunday afternoon.  More activities and events will be added to the schedule as details become finalized.

Details at: http://bit.ly/Walk4WinterCarnival

Birding Franklin County- St. Albans Recreation
Feb
13
7:30 am07:30

Birding Franklin County- St. Albans Recreation

  • Barlow Street School

We've lengthened this months walk so that we can carpool together to where the birds are being seen. Who knows where the birds will lead us; Lake Champlain, Lake Carmi, wind swept farm fields or streets lined with crabapple treats!

Registration is required for  monthly bird walks offered by the St. Albans Recreation Department in St. Albans, Vermont. The fee is $10 residents/$13 non-residents. Please call the Recreation Department at 524-1500 x266 to sign up for individual walks! 

Meet at the Barlow Street School in St. Albans. 

For more information and to register online: http://bit.ly/StARec_SS_2016

Crows & Ravens - Richford Conservation Commission
Feb
10
6:30 pm18:30

Crows & Ravens - Richford Conservation Commission

  • Richford Emergency Services Bldg.

They're considered harbingers of evil by some, and for others, they are an endless curiosity. Join me as I pull back the shroud on these birds known as corvids. Find out how intelligent crows really are, the difference between crows & ravens, and break down their complex social structure. Learn how you can help unravel the mystery of "murders" of crows that form in winter by participating in the Crows in Vermont Project.

FREE and open to the public. Located at the Richford Emergency Services Building in Richford, Vermont.

Birding Franklin County- St. Albans Recreation
Jan
16
7:30 am07:30

Birding Franklin County- St. Albans Recreation

  • Barlow Street School

Our monthly bird walks kick off again for 2016! We've lengthened this walk so that we can carpool together to where the birds are being seen. Who knows where the birds will lead us; Lake Champlain, Lake Carmi, wind swept farm fields or streets lined with crabapple treats!

Registration is required for  monthly bird walks offered by the St. Albans Recreation Department in St. Albans, Vermont. The fee is $10 residents/$13 non-residents. Please call the Recreation Department at 524-1500 x266 to sign up for individual walks! 

Meet at the Barlow Street School in St. Albans. 

For more information and to register online: http://bit.ly/StARec_SS_2016

Bird Walk at Hard'ack
Dec
12
7:30 am07:30

Bird Walk at Hard'ack

  • Hard'Ack Recreation Area

Registration is required for four bird walks offered by the St. Albans Recreation Department at Hard'ack Recreation Area in St. Albans, Vermont. The fee for all four walks (September - December) is $34 residents/$54 non-residents. Please call the Recreation Department at 524-1500 x266 to sign up for individual walks! 

For more information and to register online: http://bit.ly/StARecWalksBirdDiva