Flaming Star Nebula by Matt Partalis and Richard Smith

Flaming Star Nebula by Matt Partalis and Richard Smith

Unexplained Astronomical Phenomena
with Claudio Veliz

Tuesday, February 7th, 7:00 PM 

Learning Collaborative, Rt. 5 Dummerston

Something very strange is happening. Is it natural or…something more? In just the last year researchers have observed stars  which persist in avoiding revelation. In this presentation, we will discuss a growing number of discoveries by the Kepler space observatory. Are these new, natural phenomena or something that finally is suggesting we may not be the only intelligent life forms in existence…?

You will learn simple methods for finding your own objects, from the well-known to the more obscure, using accessible internet resources.  You could participate in searching for some of these strange phenomena.

This event is co-sponsored by the Dummerston Conservation Commission and Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center.

Claudio Véliz pursues a double profession. He has owned an award-winning architecture firm – Claudio Veliz   Architect   PLLC – since 1986, designing houses, institutional, retail and corporate facilities. Separately, he is co- Founder and current President of SoVerA: The Southern Vermont Astronomy Group, Inc., headquartered in Chester, Vermont. Since his first studies at the University of Florida, he has conducted work on variable stars, lectured and taught at New York’s Hayden Planetarium, Columbia University and, currently, at Keene State College with research teams and to general audiences alike. He is currently working on methods for detecting exoplanets.

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fisher patternTracks on Bare Hill

Saturday, January 28 at 1 pm: POSTPONED DUE TO ICY CONDITIONS
Will try to reschedule when conditions permit—stay tuned!

Roger Parrott Conservation Area in Putney:

Park at the end of Bare Hill Road north of Putney village.  (Turn west (left) just after the solar array on the left and Small Meadows Lane on the right.)

Join BEEC naturalist Patti Smith to find out how the wild inhabitants of Bare Hill are spending the winter. If the snow cooperates, this varied site will provide many opportunities to discuss the art and science of interpreting tracks. This is the season to learn about the presence and activities of wildlife that remain elusive much of the year.

This program also provides training for  Putney Conservation Commission volunteers who are finishing up a wildlife road crossing track survey. We will be especially hoping to find tracks of fisher, bobcat, coyote, mink, and foxes, and is sponsored by the Putney Conservation Commission.

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ice age animalswebThe Nature of Windham County
Past, Present, and Future

February Wednesday mornings from 10 -noon
at the Learning Collaborative
471 US Rt. 5, Dummerston, VT
$50 for the series, $15 a session.
Open to all regardless of ability to pay.

February 1 ~ Geology with Roger Haydock

Travel through 450 million years on an entertaining tour of our region’s geological roots. From an origin in the southern  hemisphere, to land mass collisions, volcanoes, and glaciers. . . Roger will conclude with what is happening geologically today, and take a speculative peek at the future.

 February 8 ~ Forests with Tom Wessels

Tom will discuss the history of our forested landscape, how it has changed, and what we might expect as we move into the future. Tom is well-known for his thought provoking teaching and for his books, including: Reading the Forested Landscape, The Granite Landscape, Forest Foresnics, and The Myth of Progress.

February 15 ~ Wildlife with Patti Smith

From the Pleistocene to the present, these hills have been roamed by shifting tides of mammals. Join BEEC naturalist Patti Smith for a tour of the Holocene Epoch. With many recently vanished species returning, we are poised at a threshold where our actions can help determine whether or not our wild neighbors can survive to thrive in the future.

February 22 ~ Plants and Pollinators with Bob Engel

Marlboro College Professor Emeritus of Biology, Bob Engel will talk with us about the plants and pollinators that were here, are here now, those that we hope will be here in the future, and what might affect them going forward.

These lectures are co-sponsored by the Dummerston Conservation Commission and BEEC.