They're colorful. They're musical. They are present year-round and can be found almost anywhere on the planet. It's no wonder that birds have fascinated people for generations. NBNC has a rich history of offering birding programs to the public for both recreation as well as research. Be sure to explore the "Birding" section of our site to learn about the many ways you can get involved in birding with NBNC.
Birding at NBNC
With a variety of habitats, from the NBNC's open fields to the riparian forests, birdlife thrives at this wildlife sanctuary in the middle of Montpelier. Over 155 species have been observed on the property, which hosts a diversity of productive habitats. As you walk through the fields, you may hear Savannah Sparrows singing from the tall grass or see Tree Swallows soaring overhead. As you arrive at the field's edge, the lively calls of American Redstarts and Chestnut-sided Warblers ring from the treetops. And as you stop at a riverside bench to enjoy the scenery, a Belted Kingfisher may fly by as it searches for fish on the wing. Grab your binoculars and come on down to the North Branch Nature Center to enjoy central Vermont birding at its best!
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How to Get the Most out of eBird
Friday, March 17, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Free for members, $5 for nonmembers
eBird is a wonderful tool for keeping track of your bird sightings, as well as researching the observations of others all around the world. We’ll demonstrate how to get the most out of eBird, whether you’d like to document your own sightings or learn how use eBird as a tool for researching your next birding trip outside of Vermont. No prior experience with eBird required. Bring a laptop, if you have one!
Champlain Valley Birding
Saturday, March 18, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $25 members, $35 nonmembers
The Champlain Valley is a corridor for thousands of waterfowl that migrate through Vermont each spring. We'll search Lake Champlain and surrounding habitats for ducks, geese, raptors, early migrating songbirds and lingering winter species. Carpool from Montpelier (or other location).
Boreal Birds at Moose Bog
Saturday, April 8, 7:00 a.m - 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $25 members, $35 nonmembers
Black-backed Woodpecker, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee and Spruce Grouse beckon from Moose Bog and other birding hotspots in the Northeast Kingdom. Enjoy a pre-blackfly season outing in search of the "boreal grand slam" and other northern species. Carpool from Montpelier.
Wednesday, April 19, 7:30 p.m.
Fee: $5 members, $10 nonmembers
It’s spring and love is in the air - literally! We will listen and watch for the dramatic courtship flight of the American Woodcock, a sandpiper which nests along the North Branch. With luck, we may also be serenaded by Wilson’s Snipe and we’re sure to hear a chorus of Spring Peepers.
Spring Migration Bird Walks
7:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Fee: $10, free for members
Explore NBNC and other local hotspots for spring migrants, such as warblers, vireos, thrushes and waterfowl. Learn birding basics, expand your birding ear and discover more.
Friday, April 28, NBNC
Saturday, May 6, Cow Pasture (directions)
Friday, May 19, NBNC
Friday, May 26, Middlesex Notch (directions)
Berlin Pond Birding
Saturday, April 29, 6:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $20 members, $25 nonmembers
Berlin Pond and the surrounding area, is a great location for migrating song birds, waterfowl, loons, herons, and much more! Call us to register and learn about carpooling options.
Migration at Magee Marsh
Friday, May 5 - Friday, May 12
Fee: $1,650 (sharing a double); $2,250 (single room)
Magee Marsh in Ohio is a prime destination for birders looking to experience the marvels of warbler migration in spring. Three dozen species of warblers have been recorded in the area and plenty of shorebirds, raptors and waterfowl only help to sweeten the experience. The sheer number of individual birds and their close proximity (no warbler neck!) are a thrill to behold. Vermonters will also appreciate the western/southern species that range east to Ohio, including Trumpeter Swan, Prothonotary and Hooded Warblers, Lark and Henslow's Sparrows. Trip fee includes lodging, van transportation in Ohio, continental breakfast and guiding (but not airfare or other food). $250 deposit upon registration.
And stay tuned for details about an upcoming birding trip to Ecuador in 2018!