The Board of Northeast Kingdom Audubon is pleased to announce that Ben Kilham, Ph.D will be the guest speaker at this year’s annual meeting on July 26th. Everyone is invited to attend.
There will be an “urban” birdwalk starting at 5pm from the Fairbanks Museum. Everyone is invited to meet in the Cabaret Room at Catamount Arts at 6pm for a picnic dinner (BYOP). Desserts will be provided by the Board.
At 6:30pm, Ben will start his presentation: “The Social Black Bear: What Bears Have Taught Me About Being Human.” Black bears, thought to be solitary, have a different type of social behavior that possibly parallels early human behavior. They show evidence of reciprocal altruism, matri-linear hierarchy, and a mix of intentional and emotional communication. Bears can live for as many as forty years, which allows them long-term benefits from forming relationships with fellow cooperators.
Ben Kilham, Ph.D is a wildlife biologist based in Lyme, New Hampshire. His love of and devotion to black bears has enabled him to study their habits and interact with them for more than two decades. He, his wife Debra and sister Phoebe have accepted orphaned bear cubs into their home and enabled them to successfully return to the wild. Ben has been the focus of several news articles and documentaries, including National Geographic’s A Man Among Bears and Animal Planet’s Papa Bear. He is also author of the books Among the Bears: Raising Orphaned Cubs in the Wild and Out on a Limb: Origins of Intuition and Intelligence.
RSVP to email@example.com or to Laura at 802-751-7671.
Meet at Joe’s Park and Ride at 6am. We will car pool over to the Dead Creek viewing area and then ‘bird’ the surrounding area, heading over to Lake Champlain to search for waterfowl and shorebirds at 2 or 3 places. Bag lunch & water, dress accordingly…return to the park and ride approximately 4-5pm.
Contact: Tom Berriman to RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a joint trip between NEK Audubon, Vermont Entomological Society and VT Fish and Wildlife. Lights provided for after-dark moth viewing, and the possibility of nighthawks in the area.
Please contact Laura Tobin, email@example.com, for additional details if you are interested in attending.
The Northeast Kingdom Audubon Society is excited to be holding our annual meeting July 26, 2018 at Vermont Land Trust’s, Bluffside Farm in Newport, VT. The program will begin with a walk on the property with memebers of NEK Audubon at 5:30pm. At 7pm we will have a program featuring Chris Rimmer, Executive Director of Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, lawnchairs and/or picnic blankets. NEK Audubon will provide desserts.
Since 1992, Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) Executive Director Chris Rimmer has led efforts to conserve the Bicknell’s Thrush and the habitats on which it depends. Rimmer will discuss this fascinating and rare songbird, VCE’s efforts to study it in New England and the Caribbean, and how Bicknell’s Thrush represents a vital conservation link across international boundaries.
The Bicknell’s Thrush is one of North America’s most rare and vulnerable songbirds. Nesting only in mountaintop forests of northern New England and New York, and wintering primarily on the island of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti), Bicknell’s Thrush faces numerous threats to its long-term survival. On its breeding grounds, these include atmospheric pollution, ski area development, communications tower construction, wind power development, mercury contamination, and climate change. The species’ limited winter habitats are under siege from deforestation, caused by human population pressures.
We hope you can join us for our annual meeting. In order to plan accordingly for the evening please RSVP to Laura Tobin at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 751-7671.
Information and directions for Bluffside Farm can be found at: www.vlt.org/bluffsidefarm/
Additional information about NEK Audubon can be found on our Facebook page.
All 'early birds' are welcome to join our ‘Kingdom Quest’. This annual event sponsored by NEK Audubon will visit hotspots in Caledonia, Essex and Orleans counties. The goal is to see as many species as possible in one day.
The trip will leave from the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury at 4:30am –carpooling will be available.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER:
Tom Berriman: 626-9071, email@example.com or
Laura Tobin: 751-7671, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by Northeast Kingdom Audubon Society
Free and open to the public
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Northeast Kingdom Audubon are excited to partner on a birding and wildlife-viewing tour at Victory Basin Wildlife Management Area on May 16. Doug Morin, a wildlife biologist with Fish & Wildlife, and Tom Berriman, an experienced birder with Northeast Kingdom Audubon, will co-lead this wildlife-based exploration of a truly unique part of Vermont.
Two sessions will be offered on May 16: one from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and a second from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants are asked to bring binoculars and to wear appropriate clothing for being outdoors, including rain-proof layers. Waterproof boots are highly recommended, and spotting scopes and field guides are welcome. Participants should also be able to walk 1-2 miles at a relaxed pace over a relatively flat trail.
The public can register for the event by visiting bit.ly/VTFWbirding. Admission is free and is limited to the first 14 people who sign up for each session. Questions may be directed to Doug Morin at email@example.com.
All are welcome to join the NEK Audubon birding trip to Victory Wildlife Management Area. The trip will be led by avid NEK birder Tom Berriman. Participants should meet at Damon’s Crossing for a 7am start.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER:
Tom Berriman: 626-9071, firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the discussion to plan events and trips for 2018, and to shape our vision for a role in supporting youth birding, education around planning bird-friendly spaces, and other community activities. Learn more about our chapter as we update routine Chapter business.
All are welcome!