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Naturalist Journeys Lecture Series

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North Branch Nature Center

713 Elm Street

Montpelier, VT 05602

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Join us for our annual winter event series featuring expert naturalists and scientists sharing their studies from the wildest corners of the world! Admission by donation at the door. (Note: all events will be held in the new presentation space at NBNC). RSVPs requested but not required.

January 12 - Thunder Beasts and Swamp Donkeys

Bison, moose, wolves, and bears are entangled in a delicate dance of ecology and conservation in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Witness grand migrations, life, death, struggle, and survival in this photographic odyssey to the wildest of the west with Staff Naturalist Sean Beckett.

January 26 - Climate: Seasonal Changes of Vermont Flora

Josh Halman, Forest Health Specialist with Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation. The timing of budbreak in the spring and development of fall color are highly dependent on light and temperature. As our world warms this timing is likely to change, and we have already seen the impacts in Vermont. This talk will present findings from over 25 years of monitoring forest trees and plant life in the state.

February 2 - Great White Sharks in our Backyard

Spend an evening with Shark Biologist, Lindsay Graff as she discusses the re-emerging population of Great White Sharks that are returning to our New England waters. Learn about their vital importance to our marine ecosystems, and why we need to be supporting shark science and conservation efforts. Go beyond the misguided portrayals, and learn why we should be excited to welcome these apex predators to the neighborhood!

February 9 - Arctic Lessons: Images From a Polar Frontier

Montpelier teacher and Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Susan Koch will share her images and experiences from a journey to Arctic Svalbard on National Geographic’s “Explorer.” Join Susan as she offers impressions and lessons about Arctic wildlife and sea-life, polar ice, and the impact of climate change on this remote area. All ages are welcome!

March 2 - Geology of the Winooski Valley

Norwich University geologist George Springston takes us on an illustrated journey through the Winooski River valley, exploring how ancient oceans, continental collisions, rivers, and glaciers have all led to the landscape that we live in today.

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