Crows & Ravens - Otter Creek Audubon
Jan
11
7:00 PM19:00

Crows & Ravens - Otter Creek Audubon

This program is sponsored by the Otter Creek Audubon Society

They're considered harbingers of evil by some, and for others, are an endless curiosity. Join Bird Diva Bridget Butler as she pulls back the shroud on these birds known as corvids. Find out how intelligent crows really are, the difference between crows and ravens and their complex social structure. Learn how you can help unravel the mystery of "murders" of crows that form in the winter by participating in the Crows In Vermont project. 

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Winter Waterfowl Adventure
Jan
20
8:30 AM08:30

Winter Waterfowl Adventure

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 8:30 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 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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Birding Boot Camp - Science Pub
Mar
4
4:00 PM16:00

Birding Boot Camp - Science Pub

Join a free monthly gathering of curious, stimulating and altogether fun individuals to hear short informal lectures by area experts, and join the lively conversation. Have a drink, stay for dinner (or not), and end your weekend with a spurt of brain growth!

This program is sponsored by the Friends of Castleton Library

Bird Diva Bridget Butler will 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!

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Crows & Ravens - OLLI St. Johnsbury
Mar
8
1:30 PM13:30

Crows & Ravens - OLLI St. Johnsbury

This program is sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in St. Johnsbury

They're considered harbingers of evil by some, and for others, are an endless curiosity. Join Bird Diva Bridget Butler as she pulls back the shroud on these birds known as corvids. Find out how intelligent crows really are, the difference between crows and ravens and their complex social structure. Learn how you can help unravel the mystery of "murders" of crows that form in the winter by participating in the Crows In Vermont project. 

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Boreal Birds in the Northeast Kingdom
Mar
31
8:30 AM08:30

Boreal Birds in the Northeast Kingdom

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 8:30 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 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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The Wonders of Wood Warblers - OLLI St. Albans
Apr
18
11:00 AM11:00

The Wonders of Wood Warblers - OLLI St. Albans

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 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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New England Bird Language Intensive - White Pines Programs
May
3
to May 6

New England Bird Language Intensive - White Pines Programs

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. Last year 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. 

This year, I'm thrilled to be joining the team of mentors leading the New England Bird Language Intensive offered this year in southern New Hampshire. Cost for the weekend is $475 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/NEBLI2018

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Wildlife on the Move: How We Can Protect Critical Links & Corridors
Dec
6
7:00 PM19:00

Wildlife on the Move: How We Can Protect Critical Links & Corridors

  • Green Mountain Club Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This presentation is part of the Shutesville Wildlife Series sponsored by the Stowe Land Trust & the Waterbury Conservation Commission.

Free & open to the public. Donations to the Waterbury Conservation Fund welcome.

What do Vermont's plants and animals need to thrive, reproduce, migrate, and move asour climate changes? High-quality habitats alone are not enough; our forests, wetlands, and waterways also need to be well-connected across our landscape and beyond. Protecting wildlife corridors and other habitat links is important and challenging work, and the actions we take in our own backyards and communities make a difference.

During this community presentation, get a sense of the big picture of conservation work happening locally and across our region to protect landscape connections from the Adirondack Mountains though New England to the Canadian Maritimes. Hear from members of the new Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor Partnership about how local, regional and statewide organizations are working together along with landowners and concerned citizens to keep this critical connection along the Waterbury-Stowe town line safe and open. Share your questions and suggestions, and find out how you can get involved.

We will also learn about the work communities to our north have been doing for over a decade to protect another critical habitat link for wildlife moving between Vermont and Quebec. Program Director, Bridget Butler will share inspiring stories from the Cold Hollow to Canada (CHC) program including how citizen scientists are gathering data on wildlife and road crossings, as well as how neighbors are working together through the CHC Woodlots Program to maximize benefits for wildlife across the Cold Hollow Mountains. Also known as the Bird Diva, Bridget is a passionate and approachable naturalist who has been playing match maker for the wildscape & Vermonters for more than 20 years. You won't want to miss her energetic and dynamic presentation.

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Snow Goose Extravaganza!
Nov
12
8:30 AM08:30

Snow Goose Extravaganza!

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 8:30 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 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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Lewis Creek Association Annual Party
Oct
29
3:00 PM15:00

Lewis Creek Association Annual Party

You're invited to our Annual Party! This year we are focusing on habitat. Come hear about what we've been up to, listen to naturalist Bridget Butler speak, walk the beautiful grounds of Common Ground Center, and socialize. Live music too!

Refreshments & snacks will be served. 

Vist the Lewis Creek Association website or Facebook page for details. 

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Vermont Outdoors Woman - Fall Doe Camp
Sep
15
to Sep 17

Vermont Outdoors Woman - Fall Doe Camp

Join me at the fall session of Vermont Outdoors Woman's Doe Camp, an outdoor education retreat for ladies only. This is a full weekend of workshops for adventurous women ages 18 and over in the northern town of Canaan, Vermont.

The weekend offers 4 sessions with over 30 classes to choose from. Classes are all taught by volunteer, experienced and professional instructors. Campers can choose from a list of popular classes that include: Archery, Birding, Firearms Marksmanship & Safety (Muzzleloader, Handgun, Rifle and Clay Shooting), Outdoor Cooking, Survival Skills, Log Rolling, Fly Fishing,  Boat Fishing, Deer Hunting, Ax Skills, Camping, ID Ferns, Trees & Wild Edibles, Wildlife Photography, and Panning for Gold. 

Details can be found at the Vermont Outdoors Woman website: http://bit.ly/DoeCamp2017

I'll be leading early morning bird walks before breakfast, as well as birding sessions to Brousseau Mountain and the Averill Lakes. 

This is one of my favorite weekends each year, where I get to hang-out and learn with women of all ages and of all kinds of skills. This needs to be on your bucket list for 2017! See you there!

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Fall Warbler Walk with Vermont Land Trust
Sep
9
7:30 AM07:30

Fall Warbler Walk with Vermont Land Trust

Celebrate Vermont Land Trust's 40th Anniversary on one of the many walks they have scheduled this year on lands that have been conserved all over the state. 

Guides from the Mad Birders will lead a tour of this conserved forest on Ward Hill in Duxbury, an excellent location for seeing the fall migration of warblers, flycatchers, and vireos. 

Please register with the Vermont Land Trust by visiting: http://bit.ly/VLT_FWW

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The Birds of Lake Carmi
Jul
15
10:30 AM10:30

The Birds of Lake Carmi

The Franklin Watershed Committee will host this workshop for folks interested in learning more about the birds that call Lake Carmi their home. We'll discuss the variety of habitats found around the lake and the diversity of bird species there throughout the year at this birding hotspot. We'll also discuss how to become better stewards of this unique community, creating healthy habitats that are good for people, birds, and water quality. 

Suggested donation $5-$10 per person

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Heron Rookery Visit - Vermont Land Trust
Jul
11
5:30 PM17:30

Heron Rookery Visit - Vermont Land Trust

Vermont Land Trust 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 on the Reiner Property with Bird Diva Bridget Butler.

Space is limited to 25 participants and registration is required. 

To sign up for this event, register online at: http://bit.ly/2sYySF9

Contact Cara Gauthier at Vermont Land Trust at (802) 262-1222 or cgauthier@vlt.org

 

 

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Grasslands Bird Trip
Jul
8
7:00 AM07:00

Grasslands Bird Trip

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

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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.

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Warbler Walk - The Nature Conservancy
May
20
7:30 AM07:30

Warbler Walk - The Nature Conservancy

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!

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Spring Migration Trip
May
13
7:00 AM07:00

Spring Migration Trip

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

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The Wonders of Wood-Warblers ~ Colchester
May
11
6:30 PM18:30

The Wonders of Wood-Warblers ~ Colchester

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.

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Bird Is A Verb ~ Chester
Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

Bird Is A Verb ~ Chester

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.

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The Messenger - A documentary film on songbirds
Apr
22
7:00 PM19:00

The Messenger - A documentary film on songbirds

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.

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Owls of Vermont ~ OLLI St. Albans
Apr
19
11:00 AM11:00

Owls of Vermont ~ OLLI St. Albans

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

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Bird Is a Verb ~ Manchester
Mar
23
5:30 PM17:30

Bird Is a Verb ~ Manchester

  • Burr and Burton Academy - Hunter Seminar Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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/

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Boreal Birds in the Northeast Kingdom
Mar
18
7:30 AM07:30

Boreal Birds in the Northeast Kingdom

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

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Birding Tales
Feb
2
6:30 PM18:30

Birding Tales

The Friends of Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge and the Saint Albans Museum invite you to share an Evening of Bird Tales! Join the local birding community as they share their passion and entertain you with tales from the fields and forests. Bring your friends and your questions! Refreshments will be provided.

Tickets available at: http://bit.ly/BirdTalesVT

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Winter Waterfowl Adventure
Jan
14
7:30 AM07:30

Winter Waterfowl Adventure

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

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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/

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Snow Goose Extravaganza!
Nov
19
7:30 AM07:30

Snow Goose Extravaganza!

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

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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

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Birding Franklin County- St. Albans Recreation
Jul
9
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 and to register online: http://bit.ly/StARec_SS_2016

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Town Forest Bird Walk - St. Albans Recreation
Jun
11
7:00 AM07:00

Town Forest Bird Walk - St. Albans Recreation

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

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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

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Warbler Walk - The Nature Conservancy
May
21
7:30 AM07:30

Warbler Walk - The Nature Conservancy

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. 

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Bird Walk - Richford Conservation Commission
May
15
7:30 AM07:30

Bird Walk - Richford Conservation Commission

Join us for a spring bird walk in the Richford Town Forest. Bird Diva, Bridget Butler, will be our guide and birdsong interpreter!

A FREE Event!

Space is limited to the first 20 people who sign up!

Please register by contacting us at richfordconservation@gmail.com

Co-sponsored by: the Richford & Montgomery Conservation Commissions

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Town Forest Bird Walk - St. Albans Recreation
May
14
7:30 AM07:30

Town Forest Bird Walk - St. Albans Recreation

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

 

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Birdsong Tune Up - OLLI St. Albans
Apr
20
11:00 AM11:00

Birdsong Tune Up - OLLI St. Albans

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

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Northeast Kingdom Trip - St. Albans Recreation
Apr
9
7:00 AM07:00

Northeast Kingdom Trip - St. Albans Recreation

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

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