Amazing Odonates: Dragonflies and Damselflies!

Girl in white hate examinging insects in her net

[ originally scheduled for April; postponed to August ]

Did you know that many of the larger dragonflies are several years old before they crawl up for air, break out of their “skins”, expand their wings and venture out on their first flight? Amazing!

This show-and-tell evening with Naturalist Laurie DiCesare will feature photos, samples, and hand-outs of “dragons and damsels”:

  • exploring their early life as underwater predators
  • revealing strange and remarkable habits, and
  • identifying their beautiful and diverse habitats

— all flavored with a bit of biology and dash of folklore!

Learn how to swing a cone net; carefully retrieve and hold the Odes for photo ops; then safely release them.

Register with Birds of Vermont Museum at http://birdsofvermont.org or call 802-434-2167.

$8/per person, $25 for a family
Minimum 9 people, Maximum 35

 

Nestlings Find Nature

Kid in field with mom, investigating something small

What are pollinators and where do they go in the fall?

We explore, analyze, conclude and make predictions about pollen, pollinators, and more through our observations and understanding. Crafts and activities too!

Ages 4 – 8
Included with admission
(Become a museum member and get free admission all year!)

the Big Sit!

several birders standing during a Big Sit event

The most relaxed birding around. And around and around …
How many birds can we identify from a 17-foot diameter circle?
Can we beat last year’s record? Join Team Loonatics and find out.

Free! Pledges and donations welcome. Snacks and coffee provided. Please bring your own binoculars.

Sign up to join us from Dawn to Dusk. Or just drop by.

For much more info, see http://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/bwdsite/connect/bigsit/about.php
or our report from last year ( https://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/ bwdsite/ connect/ bigsit/ bigsit-2018/ stats.php?find_type=circle&find=BOVM )

Nestlings Find Nature

Child holding swallowtail butterfly (pollinator) with two adults looking on.

What are pollinators and where do they go in the fall?

We explore, analyze, conclude and make predictions about pollen, pollinators, and more through our observations and understanding. Crafts and activities too!

Ages 4 – 8
Included with admission
(Become a museum member and get free admission all year!)

Nature Printing with Coleen O’Connell

Nature Printing by COleen O'Connell

What can you print from a fern, a leaf, a fish? Explore shapes and silhouettes of the natural world with printmaker Coleen O’Connell, and learn techniques of natural printing art.

$50 (Museum member price: $40)
Pre-registration required

Register soon! Only 8 spaces left!
Best for adults

More about Coleen:

Coleen O’Connell

Through the Window: May 2019

[Great Crested Flycatcher on office window netting. May 2019]
Great Crested Flycatcher on office window netting, May 2019
We started off our opening month with fantastic birds and birders and bird walks.! Even some surprising observations, like this one:

It seems to be nesting nearby, as it has returned to the window several times—for nesting material? Territory? Foraging? We don’t know yet…

As for other May birds, seen by more people through the bigger window: read on!

 

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