Slow Birding - OLLI St. Johnsbury
Oct
24
1:30 PM13:30

Slow Birding - OLLI St. Johnsbury

Let’s slow down and take a look at how we learn birds and how we can go one step further, deepening our connection to not only birds but the places they (and we) call home. 

For some, birding is an adventure to seek out and document as many bird species as possible. We chase, we check-off our lists, and we move on to to the next exciting sighting. Bird Diva, Bridget Butler, will introduce another birding approach that will help us slow down and develop a deeper connection to birds. Starting with the usual suspects in your backyard, Bridget will share how to read bird body language, how to listen beyond just birdsong, and how to discover your own sit-spot to achieve a more intimate look at the natural world.

This presentation is hosted by OLLI, the OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute of UVM.  It will be located at Catamount Arts in downtown St. Johnsbury.

Details available at: bit.ly/OLLIStJohnsbury

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Birds & Beers VT - October
Oct
24
6:00 PM18:00

Birds & Beers VT - October

  • American Flatbread Middlebury Hearth (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This month we'll meet up at American Flatbread's Middlebury Hearth. Sponsored by birders David & Jordan!

Birds & Beers is just an informal gathering of bird nerds over beers & eats. I'll be your hostess & conversation convener. Bring your fabulous & not so fabulous photos, tell a bird tale, learn about a new hotspot for birds, or meet some new birding peeps.

THEMES FOR THIS NIGHT! Our sponsors would like folks to consider bringing humorous bird stories, memes, or cartoons, AND if that's not your jam, how about your favorite BIRD BOOK, fiction or non-fiction.

Bring a friend! See you soon!

I pick a different venue each month. Reach out to me to sponsor one in your neck of the woods! Mark your calendars for the fourth Thursday!

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But Why, Live! Hoots and Whistles
Nov
3
11:00 AM11:00

But Why, Live! Hoots and Whistles

How do owls spin their heads around? Why do bird sing at dawn and dusk? How do peregrine falcons fly? But Why?, VPR’s podcast for curious kids, comes to life on Sunday, November 3 for two interactive shows all about owls and other birds.

Join But Why? at VPR's Stetson Studio One for a morning or afternoon show. 'Bird Diva' Bridget Butler and live owls from the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum team up with host Jane Lindholm to answer questions submitted by kids from all around the world!

Morning show — Sunday, November 3 at 11:00 a.m. — GET TICKETS

Afternoon show — Sunday, Nobember 3 at 3:00 p.m. — GET TICEKTS

This event is sponsored by Let's Grow Kids!

FAQ:

Show Times:
11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

Location: VPR’s Stetson Studio One, 365 Troy Ave., Colchester VT 05446

What is But Why?
But Why? is a podcast for curious kids, where kids submit their burning questions about the world and we seek out answers. The podcast is produced by Vermont Public Radio. You can learn more about the origins of But Why here.

What is your refund policy?
We can issue refunds up to 7 days prior to the event.

Will our seats be assigned?
No, seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Bike, car or bus. Parking is available at VPR, but space is limited so please arrive on time and always carpool if you can. VPR is located at Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester and is also accessible by the GMT Route 2 Bus that runs between Essex Junction and Burlington.

Do I have to bring my ticket to the event?
Yes, please bring a printed or mobile ticket. If you are unable to access your ticket, we will have your name on a list at the door.

What are my food and drink options?
Concession with kid friendly snacks and beverages will be available.

Will this event be broadcast?
No.

What if my question isn’t answered here?
Send us a message here or call 800-639-2192, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Otter Creek Audubon Annual Meeting
Nov
14
5:30 PM17:30

Otter Creek Audubon Annual Meeting

On Thursday, November 14, the Otter Creek Audubon Society will be holding our Annual Dinner and Meeting, a chance for us to get together with the OCAS community and celebrate the work we have done over the past year, and the volunteers who have made that work possible.

Our featured speaker this year will be Bridget Butler, The Bird Diva. As a naturalist with over 20 years of experience, Bridget is on a mission to tap into each person’s innate passion for nature and to turn that passion into action. In her presentation titled Time to Fly, Bridget will explore the fall migration of birds leaving our area and those that are coming to us. Where did they all go and why? Is it even worth it to go birding after the fall migration? Um, YES!

We are also very pleased to be presenting our Silver Feather Award to Al Karnatz for his work with the Vermont Land Trust and his continued devotion and dedication to the preservation of the natural communities of Addison County.

The meeting will be held at The American Legion, 49 Wilson Road, Middlebury, Vermont. Preceded by a social hour, a Lasagna dinner will begin at 6 pm. The cost for the meal is $20.00, and you can use this invitation (pdf) to make reservations.

The meeting at 6:45, Silver Feather presentation at 7:15 and the featured speaker beginning at 7:45 are free and open to the public.

Please visit the Otter Creek Audubon website: https://ottercreek.wordpress.com/

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Crows & Ravens - EEE Winter Luncheon
Dec
6
2:00 PM14:00

Crows & Ravens - EEE Winter Luncheon

This program is sponsored by the Education & Enrichment for Everyone.

Crows and their kin are a raucously entertaining group! From jays to ravens to magpies to crows, there's a lot to wonder about when it comes to these marvelously intelligent birds. Join Bird Diva Bridget Butler as she shares the natural history of these birds known as corvids. Find out how smart corvids really are, the difference between crows and ravens, and their complex social structures. And, learn how you can contribute to our understanding of the large winter roosts of crows through the Crows In Vermont project.

Please reserve for luncheon and pay at a November lecture or call Ruth Hopkins at 802 373-9326.

Luncheon 12:30 - 1:45 pm
Social Time 1:15 -1:45 pm
Lecture 2 - 3 pm

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Your-Not-So-Basic Bird Walk
Oct
2
8:00 AM08:00

Your-Not-So-Basic Bird Walk

  • Merck Forest and Farmland Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Sponsored by the Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning

The Bird Diva will lead this bird walk, but don’t expect her to play the stereotypical bird guide. This workshop is about empowering you as a birder and having a darn good time while doing so. Remember to bring water, binoculars and/or camera, wear comfortable walking shoes and of course protect yourself from flying and crawling insects.

Fee: $30 in advance
Space is limited; pre-registration is required.
Register here: https://www.greenmtnacademy.org/register

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Time to Fly Workshop
Sep
29
9:00 AM09:00

Time to Fly Workshop

This program is hosted by Audubon Vermont at the Green Mountain Audubon Center in Huntington.

Fall is a time of transition for both birds and birders! Join The Bird Diva, Bridget Butler, for a workshop at the Green Mountain Audubon Center that's all about how to make the most of autumnal birding. We'll break down who's migrating and when, tackle tricky identifications, and spend some time in the field putting our skills to the test.

We will provide coffee, tea, and a variety of muffins in the morning.

Fee: Audubon Vermont members $35. Non-members $40
Audubon Vermont Membership: vt.audubon.org/join 
Register Online: click here

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Birds & Beers VT - September
Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

Birds & Beers VT - September

This month B&B VT will be at the Stone Corral Brewery in Richmond! This event is sponsored by the Birds of Vermont Museum.

Just an informal gathering of bird nerds over beers & eats. I'll be your hostess & conversation convener. Bring your fabulous & not so fabulous photos, tell a bird tale, learn about a new hotspot for birds, or meet some new birding peeps.

Bring a friend! See you soon!

I pick a different venue each month. Reach out to me to sponsor one in your neck of the woods! Mark your calendars for the fourth Thursday!

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Owls of Vermont - Lamoille Valley OLLI
Sep
25
1:30 PM13:30

Owls of Vermont - Lamoille Valley OLLI

This presentation is sponsored by the organization Lamoille Valley OLLI.

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!

Details available at: bit.ly/Lamoille_OLLI

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Slow Birding for Teachers
Sep
21
8:00 AM08:00

Slow Birding for Teachers

This is a private event for ForestKinder Alumni. ForestKinder is a group of kindergarten teachers engaging in nature-based public education. Led by by Eliza Minnucci and Meghan Teachout, they take their students outside with the goal of providing them with “time to play, experiment, and grow with nature.” Learn more by visiting ForestKinder.org.

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BirdFest at North Branch Nature Center
Sep
7
7:00 AM07:00

BirdFest at North Branch Nature Center

A summer nature festival for all ages featuring all of our feathered friends! Live birds of prey, kids and families activity tent, bird walks, workshops, presentations, and much more! Admission by donation.

For details and the full schedule, visit: northbranchnaturecenter.org/birdfest

I’ll be leading a Slow Birding session at 10 am and then delivering the keynote at 1 pm on landscaping and gardening with birds in mind!

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Birds & Beers VT - August
Aug
22
6:00 PM18:00

Birds & Beers VT - August

B&BVT heads to the Lake Champlain Islands in August! Join me at the Blue Paddle Bistro another gathering of bird lovers, bird watchers & bird nerds!

Birds & Beers VT is an informal gathering of birders looking to share a drink & tales of birding adventures. I serve as your hostess helping to connect you with other birders & draw out some amazing story telling.

*PLEASE RSVP for this gathering if you are POSITIVE you are attending.*
You can do that on the Facebook event page, or pop me an email at birddiva@gmail.com. This will help us choose the right space for our group at the Blue Paddle. Thanks!

I pick a different venue each month. Reach out to me to sponsor one in your neck of the woods! Mark your calendars for the fourth Thursday!

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Mud Creek WMA & Important Bird Area with RiseVT
Aug
18
8:00 AM08:00

Mud Creek WMA & Important Bird Area with RiseVT

This walk is sponsored by Rise VT - Franklin & Grand Isle Counties as part of their summer Nature Series.

This old railroad trail cuts through forested wetlands and cattail marshes that are a migratory stopover and breeding site for a variety of waterfowl, wading birds, osprey & others. Bird Diva, Bridget Butler, will help you fine tune your eyes and ears to the birds around us and demonstrate how to use eBird to document the birds for science. 

This is an easy walk out and back at a birder’s pace. Please bring binoculars, Bridget will bring a limited supply of binoculars to share and a spotting scope for the group to use. 

Link: https://vtfishandwildlife.com/sites/fishandwildlife/files/documents/Where%20to%20Hunt/Essex%20District/Mud%20Creek%20WMA.pdf

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Birding Burton Island
Jul
28
7:00 AM07:00

Birding Burton Island

This event is sponsored by the St. Albans Recreation Department. Registration required through their website.

We'll kayak out to Burton Island from Kilkare State Park and bird the island in the morning and wrap up with a stop at the Burton Island Bistro for bite to eat before heading back to the mainland. You will need your own kayak and flotation device for this trip. Bridget will bring scopes and binoculars for participants. Fee for trip includes day-use pass to Burton Island, participants pay for breakfast separately. 

Registration is required for programs offered by the St. Albans Recreation Department in St. Albans, Vermont. The fee is $30 residents/$40 non-residents. Please call the Recreation Department at 524-1500 x266 to sign up for individual walks! Limit to 15 participants.

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

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Birds & Beers Vermont
Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

Birds & Beers Vermont

You know the drill...

Just an informal gathering of bird nerds over beers & eats. I'll be your hostess & conversation convener. Bring your fabulous & not so fabulous photos, tell a bird tale, learn about a new hotspot for birds, or meet some new birding peeps.

This month we'll be at the Zero Gravity taproom on Pine Street in Burlington. (I hear there are a bunch of bird geeks on staff!) With a hummingbird-esque logo and a few beers named after birds, we're sure to fit in just fine.

Bring a friend! See you soon!

I pick a different venue each month. Reach out to me to sponsor one in your neck of the woods! Mark your calendars for the fourth Thursday!

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Pelots Point Natural Area with Rise VT
Jul
7
8:00 AM08:00

Pelots Point Natural Area with Rise VT

This walk is sponsored by Rise VT - Franklin & Grand Isle Counties as part of their summer Nature Series.

This beautiful site in North Hero hosts a variety of habitats including a cedar swamp, grassland and borders secluded Pelots Bay. We'll be in search of a variety of birds including warblers, sparrows, Indigo Buntings, and nesting Osprey. Bird Diva, Bridget Butler, will help you fine tune your eyes and ears to the birds around us and demonstrate how to use eBird to document the birds for science.

This is a moderate 3-mile walk at a birder’s pace. Please bring binoculars, Bridget will bring a limited supply of binoculars to share and a spotting scope for the group to use. 

Link: http://www.northherovt.com/uploads/welcome.pdf

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Birding Round Pond with Rise VT
Jun
29
8:00 AM08:00

Birding Round Pond with Rise VT

This walk is sponsored by Rise VT - Franklin & Grand Isle Counties as part of their summer Nature Series.

We'll explore these lovely walking trails maintained by the South Hero Land Trust which wind through a variety of habitats including wetland, grassland, and lakeshore. We’ll look for the 80+ species of birds seen here annually. Bird Diva, Bridget Butler, will help you fine tune your eyes and ears to the birds around us and demonstrate how to use eBird to document the birds for science.

This is a moderate 1-mile walk at a birder’s pace. Please bring binoculars, Bridget will bring a limited supply of binoculars to share and a spotting scope for the group to use. 

We will meet at 7:45 a.m. at the Folsom Elementary School, 75 South Street, South Hero to carpool.

Link: https://www.shlt.org/round-pond-natural-area

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The Birds of Summer - Craftsbury Forestry & Conservation Seminars
Jun
25
7:30 PM19:30

The Birds of Summer - Craftsbury Forestry & Conservation Seminars

Hosted by the Craftsbury Outdoor Center.

This year the theme for the Forestry and Conservation Series at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center will be: Changes in the forests and fields around us – a deep dive into the phenology and ever-changing world of the Black River Watershed. The monthly series will feature seven speakers with different topics starting on Tuesday, April 23rd and finishing up on Thursday, October 10th. Details about all the presentations can be found at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center website.

Bird Diva, Bridget Butler will be joining us for our June presentation.

Ahhh, the birds of summer! Who are they, where are they and what are they up to during the summer? We'll take a look at interesting behaviors, family dynamics & drama and the transition into fall. Featuring some photos from Vermont bird photographers and stories from my birding adventures in my backyard and beyond. 

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Saving the Bird in the Bush - Burlington Garden Club
Jun
25
11:00 AM11:00

Saving the Bird in the Bush - Burlington Garden Club

Speaker for the Burlington Garden Club’s Annual Meeting

Songbirds in our region are experiencing a number of stresses that impact their populations. Find out how you can provide a backyard haven and beyond for them through gardening and landscaping. Learn about making the most of your property for birds throughout the season and how to find resources in your community.

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Mountaintop Birding
Jun
23
6:00 AM06:00

Mountaintop Birding

This event is sponsored by the St. Albans Recreation Department. Registration required through their website.

A unique opportunity to experience the birds that breed on mountaintops in our region, including the rare and elusive Bicknell's Thrush. We'll ride the tram to the top of Jay Peak and spend some time birding the mountain before returning by tram to the base for breakfast at the Clubhouse Grille. Cost of the tram ride is included in fee, folks will pay for breakfast separately. Folks taking the van from St. Albans will meet at 6 am. If you'll be meeting us there, please arrive by 7:15 to make our scheduled tram ride at 7:30 am.

Registration is required for programs offered by the St. Albans Recreation Department in St. Albans, Vermont. The fee is $40 residents/$52 non-residents. Please call the Recreation Department at 524-1500 x266 to sign up for individual walks! Limit to 15 participants. We have space in the van leaving from St. Albans for 10 people. When registering please note whether you will need to ride in the van, or would like to meet the group there.

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

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Birding the Ellis Reserve in Randolph VT
Jun
22
7:30 AM07:30

Birding the Ellis Reserve in Randolph VT

THIS WALK IS FULL!

This walk is sponsored by the Randolph Conservation Commission.

Join Bird Diva, Bridget Butler, for a morning walk exploring the trails of Randolph Trails Ellis Lot for singing and breeding songbirds. We'll fine-tune our birding skills to look beyond merely identifying individual birds and begin to dive into the delights of bird behavior and bird language. Bridget will provide binoculars for participants who don't own their own or would like to try something new. 

Space is limited so please register in advance. We'll meet at the Ellis Lot parking on Reservoir Road. Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars if you have them.

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Saving the Bird in the Bush - Swanton Public Library
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

Saving the Bird in the Bush - Swanton Public Library

Host: Swanton Public Library

Songbirds in our region are experiencing a number of stresses that impact their populations. Find out how you can provide a backyard haven and beyond for them through gardening and landscaping. Learn about making the most of your property for birds throughout the season and how to find resources in your community.

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The Birds of Summer - GMA Lifelong Learning
Jun
18
5:30 PM17:30

The Birds of Summer - GMA Lifelong Learning

Hosted by the Green Mounatin Academy of Lifelong Learning.

Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

Ahhh, the birds of summer! Who are they, where are they and what are they up to during the summer? We'll take a look at interesting behaviors, family dynamics & drama and the transition into fall. Featuring some photos from Vermont bird photographers and stories from my birding adventures in my backyard and beyond. 

Click here for details and to register.

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Birding Boot Camp Weekend
Jun
8
to Jun 9

Birding Boot Camp Weekend

This weekend is sponsored by the Nature Museum in Grafton, Vermont.

Join us at the Grafton Inn to kick off the Birding Boot Camp with a presentation by Bird Diva, Bridget Butler. She’ll take us through a number of fun skill-building exercises, quizzes and drills to prepare us for the spring migration. She'll focus each bird workout on a different area - strength training for our eyes and ears as well as critical thinking to help us on our birding adventures – or just learning to enjoy our backyard birds more. She promises that we'll walk away better, stronger, savvier birders!

Spend the night a the inn and join us the next morning for an early morning bird walk putting your new skills to the test! We’ll enjoy a 2-hour session birding throughout the town of Grafton and then return to the Grafton Inn for a hardy breakfast.

Reservations for the evening talk ($7/$10) & morning walk ($20) can be made through the Nature Museum. Space is limited for the bird walk. Lodging, breakfast & dinner reservations are separate and may be made through the Grafton Inn by calling (802-843-2248).

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Slow Birding Field Session
Jun
2
8:00 AM08:00

Slow Birding Field Session

Hosted by the Vermont Land Trust and the Cambridge Conservation Commission

Bird Diva Bridget Butler will share the practice of Slow Birding and how you can awaken your innate birding skills and reconnect with nature. She’ll share a variety of techniques that will help you look at birds, listen to them and interpret their behavior that will not only build your skills as a naturalist, but will provide you with a practice that will allow you to slow down and reconnect with the natural world.

This field session will include a mini-workshop on skill building to improve your observational skills followed by a group sit-spot session and debrief. We’ll capture our observations during the sit and then regroup to map our experiences and share stories of what we observed. We’ll wrap up by discussing how the sit-spot practice can be used at home and how to continue creating a deeper connection with birds and place.

We encourage you to dress for the weather and for being still for a period of time, and to bring a notebook and a comfortable, portable chair or pad to sit on. We will walk some slightly hilly terrain at a slow nature lover’s pace, so please bring a water bottle and binoculars.

This event is free, and registration is required. Please visit the VLT website to register: https://www.vlt.org/event/slow-birding/

This experience is geared to adults (beginners are urged to join us) and is limited to 15 participants. Bridget has a number of binoculars available for participants to borrow.

We will meet at the intersection of Canyon Road and West Farm Road in Cambridge. See map here .

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Birding the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail
May
25
7:30 AM07:30

Birding the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail

Sponsored by the Richford Conservation Commission

The Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail extends from Richford to St. Albans and passes through a number of different types of habitats along the way. We’ll meet at the terminus in Richford and explore the trail heading toward Berkshire which is known as one of the birding hotspots along the trail. Guide, Bird Diva Bridget Butler will provide binoculars for participants who don’t own their own or would like to try something new. And, she’ll help us identify birds along the way during the spring migration here in Vermont.

Space is limited so please register in advance. We’ll meet at the parking area at the end of the Rail Trail on Troy Street in Richford.

Please register by contacting the Richford Conservation Commission at richfordconservation@gmail.com.

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Birds & Beers Vermont
May
23
5:00 PM17:00

Birds & Beers Vermont

Sponsored by the Mad Birders! with a 4 pm Walk on the Boardwalk preceding this informal get together at Lawson's Finest Liquids.

Birds & Beers Vermont is just a casual get together for anyone interested in birds to share stories, events & birdy conversation over drinks and dinner. We'll pick a different venue each month. Mark your calendars for the fourth Thursday!

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Slow Birding Weekend at Seyon Lodge
May
17
to May 19

Slow Birding Weekend at Seyon Lodge

  • Seyon Lodge State Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

SOLD OUT AS OF FEBRUARY 1ST. PLEASE ADD YOUR INFORMATION TO THE WAITING LIST THROUGH THE LINK BELOW IN CASE THERE IS A CANCELLATION. THANK YOU!

Join Bird Diva, Bridget Butler in the practice of Slow Birding and awaken your innate birding skills and reconnect with nature.

She’ll share a variety of techniques that will help you look at birds, listen to them and interpret their behavior that will not only build your skills as a naturalist but will provide you with a practice that will allow you to slow down and reconnect with the natural world.

Birding can be competitive and methodical or it can be mindful and meditative. Recent studies have shown that noticing birds can improve your mental health, reduce depression and improve memory and attentiveness. Throughout the weekend we'll use sit-spots as a foundation for strengthening our observation skills of birds and deepening our connection to place. 

The weekend will begin late Friday afternoon with an introduction to sit spots, dinner and an evening lecture & discussion. The Saturday session will have a pre-breakfast bird walk, followed by a set of group sit-spots, meals, and mini-workshops. Sunday we'll have another bird walk, breakfast followed by our last sit-spot and then a group reflection to wrap up the weekend together. This schedule & program content may change as needed.

Included in the cost of the weekend are rooms, meals, and all programming. Most rooms are double occupancy including two rooms for couples. Two single occupancy rooms are available on a first-come-first-serve basis at an additional cost.


What's the refund policy?

  • There is a non-refundable $50 admin fee for cancellations up to 30 days prior to the program start date.

  • All cancellations made within 30 days of the program start receive 50% of full tuition.

  • Cancellations 2 weeks or less before program start receive no refund

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Bird Walk with Ascutney Mountain Audubon
May
7
5:30 PM17:30

Bird Walk with Ascutney Mountain Audubon

Sponsored by the Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society

Following the Wonders of Wood Warblers presentation earlier in the day, Bird Diva Bridget Butler will lead a free warbler walk at Paradise Park near Lake Runnemede.

We’ll meet at the McDonald’s in Springfield at 5:30 pm to carpool, or meet across from Price Chopper on Route 5 in Windsor at 6:15 pm.  For more information, contact Alma Beals at almabeals@gmail.com or (802) 722-3355.


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The Wonders of Wood Warblers - OLLI Springfield
May
7
2:00 PM14:00

The Wonders of Wood Warblers - OLLI Springfield

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 the Bird Diva to learn more about warblers in Vermont, how to find them and some tips on how to look and listen for these winged jewels.

This presentation is hosted by OLLI, the OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute of UVM.  It will be located at the Nolin Murray Center in Springfield, Vermont.

The lecture site is handicap accessible with adjacent parking.

Details available at: bit.ly/OLLI_SpringfieldVT

*Please note: There will also be a free bird walk sponsored by Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society during the evening! Please see the walk listing for details.

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Birdsong Tune Up - OLLI Newport
May
1
1:00 PM13:00

Birdsong Tune Up - OLLI Newport

Host: OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute in Newport/Derby/Stanstead

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.

Please click here to visit the Newport/Derby/Stanstead OLLI website for details.

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New England Bird Language Intensive - White Pines Programs
Apr
25
to Apr 28

New England Bird Language Intensive - White Pines Programs

  • Barbara C. Harris Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I was first introduced to Bird Language many years ago listening to tracker & naturalist Jon Young's teachings on cd.  Then in 2007, I attended a workshop in Plainfield VT with Dan Gardoqui (co-founder of the White Pines Program) and was intrigued by the collective approach to watching birds & bird behavior. Many years later, Jon & Dan published, What the Robin Knows that pulled it all together in a wonderfully comprehensive book. In 2017, I finally had the opportunity to take the New England Bird Language Intensive which offers a deep dive into Bird Language, and it moved me not only as a birder but as a person. 

For the second year, I’ll be part of the team of mentors leading the New England Bird Language Intensive offered by the White Pines Programs southern New Hampshire. Cost for the weekend is $493 which includes meals, lodging & instruction. I do hope you'll join me!

What is the New England Bird Language Intensive (NEBLI)?

  • This intensive is a course designed to teach you how to identify, interpret and appreciate the wonderful world of birds.

  • Spend a long weekend studying the birds within the context of a naturalist community. Beginners and experts alike come together to observe and share their knowledge and love for the birds.

Who is the New England Bird Language Intensive for?

  • Anyone curious to discover more about the world of birds.

  • Not a “birder”? This workshop is also great for hikers, hunters, and nature enthusiasts of all sorts. Basically, if you spend time outside, you’ll learn a TON from this experience.

  • Beginners and experienced birders are invited to join. This course is designed to meet people at all levels. In fact, it’s not uncommon for folks to return to NEBLI for a 2nd or 3rd time!

For more details and to register please visit: http://bit.ly/NEBLI2019

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Birding Essentials - Using Apps & eBird
Apr
18
6:30 PM18:30

Birding Essentials - Using Apps & eBird

Birding Essentials is a set of four classes that will help you develop your skills as a birder or backyard bird watcher!  Sign up for one or all four sessions and get yourself dialed in for the return of the birds come spring.

Sharing your birding observations is good for science and for the birds! We’ll learn how to create an eBird account to capture our bird sightings and we’ll learn how to use eBird as a tool for finding different birding spots and bird species. We’ll also explore a number of apps that can enhance your time in the field & your backyard.

This program is sponsored by the St. Albans Recreation Department.  For details about all the classes in the series please click here to visit their website.  $25 residents of St. Albans/$35 non-residents, discounted rate for all four classes.

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Slow Birding - OLLI St. Albans
Apr
10
11:00 AM11:00

Slow Birding - OLLI St. Albans

Let’s slow down and take a look at how we learn birds and how we can go one step further, deepening our connection to not only birds but the places they (and we) call home. 

For some, birding is an adventure to seek out and document as many bird species as possible. We chase, we check-off our lists, and we move on to to the next exciting sighting. Bird Diva, Bridget Butler, will introduce another birding approach that will help us slow down and develop a deeper connection to birds. Starting with the usual suspects in your backyard, Bridget will share how to read bird body language, how to listen beyond just birdsong, and how to discover your own sit-spot to achieve a more intimate look at the natural world.

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

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NEK Boreal Birds Trip
Mar
31
8:00 AM08:00

NEK Boreal Birds Trip

SOLD OUT AS OF FEBRUARY 1ST, BUT PLEASE ADD YOUR NAME TO OUR WAITING LIST IN THE CASE OF CANCELLATIONS.

We'll take a day trip to the Northeast Kingdom's Victory 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. 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 8:00 am and return at approximately 5:00 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 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

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