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Jan
21
Tue
Bird Conservation: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally
Jan 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Bird Conservation: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally

 with Steve Hagenbuch and Margaret Fowle of Audubon Vermont

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Residents of the Upper Valley are privileged to live in one of the richest bird nesting areas in North America. From the peregrine falcons that nest on our Palisades to the tiny warblers that fly thousands of miles from South America each spring, these birds come to our yards, fields, and forests because the climate is right, there is a variety of habitat types, and they can find ample food for their young. But what about us, the people who live here? How do our activities impact the success or failure of their breeding season. How can we be better neighbors and stewards?

Steve Hagenbuch has worked with Audubon in a variety of roles since 1998. Currently he is a conservation biologist with Audubon Vermont’s Forest Bird Initiative. In this position Steve works with private landowners, municipalities, foresters, and land managers to promote management activities that will enhance the habitat value of forestland for priority bird species. He has done extensive work in Fairlee Town Forest and surrounding private lands.

Margaret Fowle is a conservation biologist with Audubon Vermont’s Peregrine Falcon Recovery Program and Champlain Valley Bird Initiative. Prior to coming to Audubon in 2009, Margaret coordinated peregrine and bald eagle recovery efforts in Vermont. Margaret also works with private landowners to promote management activities that enhance grassland and shrubland habitats for priority bird species in the Champlain Valley.

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Feb
11
Tue
Our Wild Neighbor, The Real Eastern Coyote
Feb 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Speaker:Chris Schadler, Conservation Biologist, wolf and coyote specialist.

Snow date February 18

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Myths surround the coyote and cloud our understanding of it. Learn the true story of the eastern coyote – how and when it arrived in New England, how it lives among us but is rarely seen and how it contributes to keep our forests and fields healthy. Does it really have wolf DNA, or dog? Learn why it is a creature of our own making – an animal different than the western coyote in genetics and behavior but with the same superior resilience and adaptability.  It is smart, beneficial and by its presence, gives “wild” back to our wild lands. Despite the ecological benefits the coyote brings, it is the most persecuted carnivore in North America.  And despite human efforts to eradicate it, it survives and thrives among us.
Chris Schadler, M.S., Conservation Biology, will discuss coexistence strategies, whether you farm, hike or garden.  “Understanding the mind and ecology of the coyote can keep us one step ahead of problems”, according to Chris, who, with 30 years of wolf and coyote research, sheep farming, and teaching, will demonstrate that “knowledge is power” when it comes to living with coyotes.

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Mar
31
Tue
From Mudpuppies To Wood Turtles
Mar 31 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
From Mudpuppies To Wood Turtles

Jim Andrews – VT Reptile & Amphibian  Atlas Project

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Apr
21
Tue
Vernal Pools: Wicked Big Puddles Or Critical Wildlife Habitat
Apr 21 @ 6:30 pm
Vernal Pools: Wicked Big Puddles Or Critical Wildlife Habitat @ Fairlee Town Hall

THE SECRET LIVES WITHIN OUR VERNAL POOLS AND
WETLANDS,

Steve Faccio of Vermont Center for Ecostudies

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May
19
Tue
Wildlife on the Move in the Forests around Fairlee
May 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Wildlife on the Move in the Forests around Fairlee @ FairleeTownhall
Speaker: Jens Hilke

This should be an informative and entertaining presentation on the forest blocks and connector areas around Fairlee and how they affect the movement of wildlife.

Jens Hilke works for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department as a Conservation Planning Biologist. He helps towns, regional planning commissions and non-governmental organizations with their conservation planning efforts. This includes help with GIS natural resource mapping, advice on prioritizing significant natural features and help with implementing town conservation goals. Jens did his undergraduate work at Connecticut College in Environmental Sociology and then got a Masters in Botany from the University of Vermont as a Field Naturalist.

 

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