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Plant a Garden for Pollinators!

Because nursery plants are late coming in this year, this event, originally scheduled for May 27,  is being rescheduled for September. Stay tuned

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On the Trail with Burdock

A journey into the Society of Porcupines
Friday, June 9 at 6 pm
Southern Vermont Natural History Museum
Free

BEEC naturalist Patti Smith has spent many hours in the company of porcupines, including, Burdock, an orphaned youngster found near the grounds of the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum. When she released him in December 2015, she was able to track his movements, and was introduced to a community of six porcupines sharing a winter den area. During this presentation she will share the surprising relationships she observed, and developed, with these curious creatures, illustrated with slides and video footage.

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glacierGlacial Lake Hitchcock Walk

Monday, June 19 at 6 pm
Meet at the Dummerston covered bridge, Rte 30
Free

Join Roger Haydock for a walk along the lower slopes of Black Mountain to imagine the West River Valley of yore —12,000 years ago. Roger will point out the features that geologists use to reconstruct the landscape’s ancient history, in this case the lake bottom and shoreline deposits of Lake Hitchock.

Rogers walks are always interesting and entertaining. He recommends packing a wet suit, just in case there is an opportunity for time travel, but our guess is that won’t be necessary.
Co-sponsored by Southeastern Vermont Audubon

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squiggyan introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation

Saturday June 24, 2 pm at BEEC
Free

Yes, wildlife rehabilitators get to raise orphaned wild animals, but becoming a rehabilitator takes much more than an interest in wildlife—it takes time, money, training, equipment, and a license from the Department of Fish & Wildlife. Did I mention time? If you think your passion runs deep enough, join local rehabilitators Fred Homer and Patti Smith to learn more.

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Discover Dragonflies with Bob Engel

Saturday, July 22 at 2 pm
Sweet Pond State Park in Guilford
Free

Dragonflies were among the pioneers of flight on planet Earth, and once stalked their prey on wings that were a foot long. Though smaller in size, modern dragonflies still inspire imaginative names: spreadwings, dancers, bluets, forktails, sprites, darners, snaketails, emeralds, skimmers, meadowhawks. . . Bob Engel will lead a walk to introduce these primitive, yet sophisticated, insects. Bob will teach participants to recognize the different groups and species of dragonflies.
Many good resources exist for those interested in learning to identify dragonflies, so after Bob’s introduction, anyone who catches the dragonfly “bug” can continue to learn.
Bob Engel is a Professor Emeritus from Marlboro College where he taught biology and environmental science for over 30 years.