Montshire Museum of Science is partnering with Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) to offer a spring field ornithology course focusing on bird ecology and behavior and conservation biology. The program includes a four-part lecture series presented by VCE biologists and four field trips to regional birding spots. Topics covered include basic bird biology and field identification, migration, behavior and communication, breeding ecology and natural history, and conservation. VCE instructors will offer real-world examples of how their work involves the interplay of science-based field research and tangible conservation. Whether you are a seasoned birder or a curious beginner eager to learn the basics, this course will provide an engaging learning experience. Participants should be able to walk 1/2 mile on uneven ground.
Field Ornithology and Conservation Biology
Lectures: Montshire Museum, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
· Thursday, May 5
· Thursday, May 12
· Thursday, May 19
· Thursday, May 26
· Saturday, May 7, 6 a.m.–4 p.m. — Plum Island, Newburyport, MA
· Saturday, May 14, 7–11 a.m. — Local birding hotspots along the Connecticut River
· Saturday, May 21, 6 a.m.–2 p.m. —Dead Creek, Champlain Valley, and the Lake Champlain lowlands.
· Saturday, June 4, 6 a.m.–2 p.m. — Mt. Mansfield. Birding the high elevation habitats of northern New England. Includes an introduction to VCE’s field research (mist-netting and banding) on Bicknell’s Thrush.
Montshire Members and VCE Donors $415, non-members $455. Course fees include travel to Plum Island, Champlain Valley, and Mt. Mansfield field trips. Minimum of 14 participants, maximum of 18.