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— Transitions in Audubon Vermont's Education Department
Bird Notes with Audubon Vermont's Mark LaBarr

Bird Notes with Audubon Vermont's Mark LaBarr

— July's Edition of Across the Fence

Banding and Birding

Join us at Audubon Vermont's bird banding station this summer!

Mark LaBarr, Audubon Vermont's Conservation Biologist, will walk you through the banding process, from mist nets to data sheets, and from brood patches to wing feathers. You'll get a chance to observe wild birds up close while learning about Audubon's conservation work. Bring a camera, mud boots, and a cup of coffee. Drop by any time from 7 to 10 am to see the birds being banding and join Mark as he checks the nets.

This summer we're adding Birding Basics from 8:30 to 10 am. Audubon Teacher-Naturalists will lead visitors in activities, games, and build your birding skills. We'll focus on the finer points of binocular use, play some bird song games to help us remember mnemonics, and find out how field marks work.

Drop in any time. Stay as long as you like. All ages welcome. Free! (Donations always welcome...)

Please check before coming as all banding dates may change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Join our Bird Banding Facebook Group (http://bit.ly/BirdBanding) for updates or call ahead to the office: 802-434-3068

Students Give Back to Audubon Vermont

Photo: Audubon Vermont

Audubon Vermont's Education programs recently received a donation from Mr. Kellog's class at Williston Central School. These 3rd and 4th grade students created a business plan, made bird-themed greeting cards and temporary tattoos, and sold them to students and community members. They raised over $800 and donated it to Audubon Vermont!

Some of these students have been Audubon campers or participated in our afterschool programs. We're grateful for their support and their passion to give back! A huge THANK YOU!

-The Audubon Vermont Education Team

Karma Yoga is for the Birds!

Yoga Roots is excited to announce they will be partnering with All Souls Interfaith Gathering for the second year of Karma Yoga.

Sundays, June 25, July 9, July 23, August 6, August 20, Sept 3 from 8 - 9 am, Yoga Roots’ yoga instructors will hold an all levels donation yoga class outdoors, overlooking the mountains and Lake Champlain. All proceeds this year will benefit Audubon Vermont. For more than 100 years, Audubon Vermont has protected birds, wildlife and their habitat through engaging people of all ages in education, conservation, stewardship and action.
 
“Karma Yoga is one of our favorite Summer offerings. Supporting Audubon Vermont seemed like a natural fit. What do birding and yoga have in common? Practice, patience and presence! Come listen to the birds this summer and practice yoga in this beautiful setting at All Souls. The views can’t be beat! Enjoy the gifts of yoga for yourself and help Audubon Vermont at the same time.” says Lynn Alpeter, co-owner of Yoga Roots.

“Yoga and nature both feed the soul and cultivate mindfulness. Audubon Vermont is all about connecting people with nature and meeting people where they are at. Birdsong focuses my mind on the moment in a very similar way that breath grounds my yoga practice. Many thanks to Yoga Roots and All Souls for connecting with Audubon Vermont for the summer yoga series.”  - Gwendolyn Causer,  Audubon Vermont Teacher/Naturalist.
 
Suggested donation of $10 per class. Free registration is encouraged so you may get the most up to date information regarding weather, etc.

For more information and class registration go to yogarootsvt.com or call 985-0090. In case of inclement weather classes will be held at the Yoga Roots studio.

All Souls Interfaith Gathering, 291 Bostwick Farm Rd., Shelburne, VT 05482

More information:

Yoga Roots
yogarootsvt.com
lynn@yogarootsvt.com

All Souls Interfaith Gathering
allsoulsinterfaith.org
Mariko Middleton: asig@allsoulsinterfaith.org

Audubon Vermont
vt.audubon.org
Gwendolyn Causer gcauser@audubon.org

How are Vermont's forest bird populations doing?

Photo: Audubon Vermont

Audubon Vermont​ addresses the findings of a recent study published by our colleagues at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies​. We are taking a holistic approach to keeping our forestland intact using all of our program areas: policy, science, and education.  From taking a leadership role in supporting H.233 legislation, to partnering with natural resource managers, and offering educational workshops for landowners, Audubon Vermont is leading the way in ensuring a positive future of our forests for people and birds.
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The Terns Have Returned!

Common Tern nesting on Audubon's Popasquash Island in Vermont. Photo: Audubon Vermont

The Common Terns are back and nesting on Audubon's Popasquash Island. As of June 4th over 100 nests have been observed on this small island in Lake Champlain's Inland Sea. Audubon biologist Mark LaBarr monitors this island as well as 2 other Audubon island sanctuaries in partnership with The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.

Learn more about our Common Tern Recovery Project: http://vt.audubon.org/conservation/common-tern-recovery-project

With Songbird Populations Declining, Vermont Seeks to Keep Its Forests Intact

With Songbird Populations Declining, Vermont Seeks to Keep Its Forests Intact

— Thanks to Audubon Vermont and others, the already green state is becoming even more proactive about preventing forest fragmentation.