North Branch Nature Center’s
Naturalist Journeys Slide Show and Lecture Series

All programs start at 7:00 pm at the Unitarian Church on Main Street in Montpelier, across from the Kellogg-Hubbard Library

Donations welcomed.
Food and beverages will be available

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bigyearFriday, January 8, 2016
Homo naledi: A new human ancestor from the Cradle of Humankind in South Africa

In 2013, six women scientists squeezed through the twisting passages of Rising Star cave, South Africa, descended to a depth of 100 feet, and there excavated over 1,500 fossils from a previously unknown human ancestor. This unprecedented collection of ancient human bones -the largest ever discovered on the continent of Africa -represents at least 15 individuals from a new species of early human named Homo naledi. Dartmouth College Anthropology Professor Jeremy DeSilva has been working on these fossils and will present what we know about these early humans and how we know it.

Friday, January 22, 2016
Naked in the Canyon

If you enjoyed their "Naked in Norway" presentation last year, Bryan Pfeiffer and Ruth Einstein will bare all in tales of rock and river, of wildlife and wild walking in the Grand Canyon. On this journey through a billion years of the Earth's history, you'll see oceans rise and recede, a desert turn to stone, and the continent's largest bird return from the dead. And in this massive canyon, this grand void, you'll even discover meaning in the world's smallest butterfly.


NorwayFriday, February 12, 2016
Polar Bear Wonderland

Hundreds of Earth's largest terrestrial predators converge on the Hudson Bay's frigid shores for six restless weeks each fall. Join naturalist and expedition leader Sean Beckett on a photographic exploration of the ecology, culture, and uncertain future of the King of the Arctic.


thrasherFriday, February 26, 2016
Finding Abbey: The Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave

When the great environmental writer Edward Abbey died in 1989 in Tucson, Arizona, four of his friends buried him secretly in a hidden desert spot that no one would ever find. The final resting place of the Thoreau of the American West remains unknown and has become part of American folklore. In Finding Abbey, Sean Prentiss ventures into a 100,000-acre American desert. The search, though, is about not just a hidden desert grave, but also about finding a place called home.


CJFriday March 4, 2016
In Search of Sharks

Shark Biologist Lindsay Graff has worked all over the world with a variety of shark species - from bull sharks in Fiji, to great white sharks in South Africa, to tiger sharks in The Bahamas. Her research has given her a very personal perspective on these misunderstood marine creatures and the challenges that come with conserving their diminishing populations. Come hear about her adventures and learn what it's like to truly live shark week like it's every week.


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North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street, Montpelier VT 05602
(802) 229-6206

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