Winter Wednesday Speaker Series

Sponsored by CIDER, South Hero Land Trust, and Worthen Library

Backyard Bird Count

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
10:00 AM  12:00 PM

Sean Beckett, North Branch Nature Center’s Staff Naturalist, will give us a how-to guide to observing birds in your backyard. We’ll cover a introduction to binoculars and spotting scopes, how to attract birds to your yard, bird feeding strategies and ethics, and an introduction to the common winter birds we find in the Islands. This talk will prepare you with all the tools and knowledge you need to participate in the National Audubon Society’s Great Backyard Bird Count. **Refreshments Served


The Island Line: Past, Present and Future, with Brian Costello
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
10:00 AM  12:00 PM

Brian Costello, Co-founder of Local Motion, will be joining us for a film viewing of “Vermont’s Island Line Revisited” and discussion about the history of the Island Line Railroad. We’ll experience Vermont’s famous “Island Line” through four drawbridges, three causeways, breathtaking scenery, fascinating interviews and colorful anecdotes. This documentary covers the final strike, abandonment, and rebirth of this route as a world-class recreational trail. **Refreshments Served

History of Sugaring with Nancy Patch
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
7:00 PM  9:00 PM

Join County Forester Nancy Patch for a talk on the history and ecology of sugaring in Vermont. Learn about the evolution of this Vermont tradition as well as how sugarmakers are adapting in the face of climate change.


Glacial History of the Islands with Craig Heindall
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
10:00 AM  12:00 PM

Join geologist Craig Heindall for a presentation about the time of the ice-age glaciers and the formation of modern Lake Champlain. Craig will take us through a fascinating exploration of an era when massive ice sheets scoured the landscape, churning up and depositing rocks thousands of miles away from where they started. Craig will teach us how to look for the signs of our glacial past all around us, and will forever change the way we understand our landscapes.


Farmsteaders – Film and Farmer Panel Discussion
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
7:00 PM  9:00 PM

From PBS:
“Clear-eyed and intimate, Farmsteaders follows Nick Nolan and his young family on a journey to resurrect his late grandfather’s dairy farm as agriculture moves toward large-scale farming. A study of place and persistence, Farmsteaders points an honest and tender lens at everyday life in rural America, offering an unexpected voice for a forsaken people: those who grow the food that sustains us.” Join us for this film and follow up discussion with farmers, including Alisha Utter from Arbor Farmstead.

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