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Conference Field Trips

Field trips are ticketed events, for which advanced registration is required by April 16. Field trips are conference events, and as such, participation in them is limited to those registered for the conference. Except if otherwise noted, transportation from the convention center to the field trip destination will be via carpooling. Prior to the conference, we will forward the names and email addresses of all those who sign up for a field trip to the field trip organizer, who will contact each participant in advance to set up a time for a brief meeting to provide directions and work out the details of who will be driving. If you signed up for a field trip and if you have not heard from the field trip leader by April 18, we advise you to contact him/her (email listed in info given below) to confirm your attendance and the logistical details. Also, if you had registered for a field trip, but then realize you will not be able to attend, please promptly notifiy the field trip leader so that they know who to expect and can offer your spot to someone else in the event the field trip has filled up and there is a waiting list.

Fieldtrip #1: Niquette Bay State Park: Spring Wildflowers, Natural Communities, and the Importance of Natural Areas

Date and time: Friday 21 April, 1 pm – 4 pm

Location:  Meet at the conference center to carpool.

Instructors: Liz Thompson, Bob Zaino, and Eric Sorenson, co-authors of Wetland, Woodland, Wildland, a Guide to the Natural Communities of Vermont

Description: Join us to explore a fascinating forest of shallow-to-bedrock soils on calcareous bedrock, on and near the shores of Lake Champlain. We will visit a diversity of natural communities and enjoy the emerging spring flora—Hepatica, spring beauty (two species!), Blue Cohosh, Dutchman’s Breeches, and others—while celebrating the conservation of this unusual place.

Limited to 30 participants

No Fee

For more information and to register: contact Liz Thompson at lizecolvt@gmail.com.

Fieldtrip #2: Spring-breeding Amphibian Egg-masses and the Monkton Amphibian Underpasses

Date and time: Friday 21 April, 9 am – 1 pm

Location:  Meet at the conference center to carpool.

Instructors: Jim Andrews, The Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas

Description: We will visit some breeding pools with Wood Frog and Spotted Salamander egg masses, discuss the differences between the egg-masses, the amphibians that deposited them, and the breeding habitats they use; then finish off the trip with a visit to the Monkton amphibian underpasses. These underpasses have been very successful in minimizing mortality for a wide variety of amphibians and mammals.

Limited to 20 participants

No Fee

For more information and to register: contact Jim Andrews at jandrews@vtherpatlas.org.

Fieldtrip #3: Myco-Phytoremediation Ecological Restoration Research for Phosphorus Mitigation, Pollinator Habitat Expansion, and Rematriation Facilitation

Date and time: Friday 21 April, 9 am – Noon

Location:  Meet in the parking lot right of the front gate entrance to Shelburne Farms 1611 Harbor Rd, Shelburne, VT 05482. It will be a five minute drive in from here to the site, so best if folks can form carpools when we meet in the parking lot to limit traffic into the farm. We will caravan from there to the site and be back at the parking lot just after noon.

Instructors: Jess Rubin, Carol McGranaghan, Luca Kolba, Cheryl Herrick, and Mike Bald

Description: Join us for a trip to observe the complex role riparian buffers play in often neglected areas of farms, and rehabilitative approaches to regrow and enhance their function. We will tour from pollution source to receiving water, observing how colonial land practices threaten waterways and ecosystem health. We will visit a pilot restoration study which demonstrates how manual nonnative species removal, mycorrhizae fungi, native polycultures and regenerative maintenance approaches, many of which were practiced by this land’s Original Peoples, can support habitat reconciliation. We will examine three years worth of monitoring data on phosphorus, and below and above ground succession of pollinator habitat. As this project evolves, we grow partnerships with the Abenaki Peoples to facilitate their land rematriation, beginning with harvest access.

Limited to 20 participants

No Fee

For more information and to register: contact Jess Rubin at Jessica.Rubin@uvm.edu.

Fieldtrip #4: Bedrock to Birds: An Integrated Landscape Approach to Rock Point

Date and time: Friday 21 April, 9 am – Noon

Location:  Meet at the west end of Killarney Drive near the Burlington Bike Path under the Red Oak.

Instructors: Alicia Daniel

Description: Join Field Naturalist Alicia Daniel to explore Burlington’s Rock Point from its stunning, world famous bedrock thrust fault to its rare Limestone Bluff Cedar Pine Forest to the cliffs where Ravens and Peregrine Falcons nest. We will also look for signs of human land use history and learn the story of rocks that were quarried locally, used in a school, buried in the woods and then got a new life as beautifully built stone stairs on trails. Rock Point has been a sanctuary for all of human time and also serves as a home to Mink, Red Foxes, Coyotes, Fishers and more. The hike is under 2 miles, moderate and rocky at times.

Limited to 15 participants

No Fee

For more information and to register: contact Alicia Daniel at alicia@vermontmasternaturalist.org.

Fieldtrip #5: Lake Champlain Waterfowl Watch

Date and time: Friday 21 April, 8 am – 12:30 pm

Location:  Meet at the conference center to carpool to site.

Instructors: Sean Beckett, North Branch Nature Center

Description: The Champlain Valley is one of New England’s premier inland destinations for April birdwatching. We’ll scout the shores of Lake Champlain for migratory waterfowl, early spring songbirds, and recent rare species sightings. A morning exploration of local migratory ecology and avian phenology. (Note: those wanting lunch en route should plan to bring their own.)

Limited to 10 participants

No Fee, but donations to the North Branch Nature Center are graciously accepted.

For more information and to register: contact Sean Beckett at sean@northbranchnaturecenter.org.

Fieldtrip #6: Geology of Mount Philo State Park

Date and time: Friday 21 April, 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Location:  Mount Philo State Park parking areas at the base of the mountain. Mount Philo State Park lies directly south of Burlington in the town of Charlotte, an approximately 25 to 30 minute drive from the conference hotel. The entrance to the park is at the intersection of Mount Philo and State Park Roads.

Instructors: Stephen Wright, retired Geology faculty at the University of Vermont

Description: Mount Philo is one of several small, but prominent mountains in the Champlain Valley with very similar settings in the landscape. Not surprisingly their geological underpinnings and history are similar and speak to the evolution of both the mountains to the east and the glacial history of the Champlain Valley. We will walk up the mountain, largely following the park road, where we can easily observe both rocks and glacial landforms. Expansive views from the top of the mountain will allow participants to see how the detailed geology visible on the mountain is reflected in the surrounding landscape. A hand lens will prove helpful for looking at the rocks, and binoculars will enhance views from the top.

No limit to number of participants

No fee

For more information and to register: contact Stephen Writght at Stephen.Wright@uvm.edu.

Fieldtrip #7: Sandplain Forest, Old Growth, and Restoration Sites at Saint Michael’s College

Date and time: Friday 21 April, 1 pm to 3 pm

Location:  Meet at the Saint Michael’s College Natural Area; (put “Merrill Cemetery, Colchester, VT” in your GPS and then follow the event parking signs.

Instructors: Declan McCabe, Saint Michael’s College Biology Department, and Peter Hope, Biology Professor Emeritus at Saint Michael's College

Description: Tour the Saint Micheal's College Natural Area, which contains a variety of natural habitats including a sandplain forest remnant, old-growth river island, and a regenerating floodplain forest and restored wetlands protected by a conservation easement.

Limited to 20 participants

No fee

For more information and to register: contact Declan McCabe at dmccabe@smcvt.edu.

 

Additional 2023 NENHC field trips will be listed here as they are confirmed.

 

 

 

 

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