Welcome to the teen/youth birding program of the North Branch Nature Center. We have provided oppotunities for teen birders throughout the region for over ten years, and Feather Questers hopes to inspire a new generation of young birders.
Whether a pre-teen, teen, or adult... whether a first time birder or an experienced veteran... there are opportunities for you to get involved in our youth birding program.
For Youths: Please join our google group and listserve, and contact us to get involved with an upcoming events. All current programs are listed in the gray column on the right of this page. You can also join us as a member.
For Adults: You can get involved by supporting your kids with birding by providing them rides to events, and allowing them the opportunity to develop their interest. Contact us for more ways to get involved.
Family Bird Quest has Begun!
Complete birding-related activities to earn points, and points can be redeemed for prizes. This new, innovative program makes birding exciting and gets families outside together to discover the joy of birds. Visit the FBQ website and to get started today!
All programs are free to members unless otherwise noted, but please register at least one week in advance. You can RSVP by emailing Larry or Chip or by calling 802-229-6206.
Lake Champlain Waterfowl Watch
Saturday, March 23, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $25 members, $30 nonmembers, free for teens
As winter transitions into spring, thousands of geese and ducks fly along Lake Champlain as they migrate north. We’ll spend the day visiting waterfowl hotspots in search of migrating ducks and other water loving birds. Call to arrange carpooling.
Wednesday, April 24, 7:00 p.m.
Fee: $5 members, $8 nonmembers
It’s spring and love is in the air - literally! We’ll 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.
Birding Moose Bog
Saturday, May 4, 6:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Fee: $30 members, $40 nonmembers, free for teens
This famous Northeast Kingdom hotspot is well worth the drive. We’ll seek the unique boreal birds such as Spruce Grouse, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, and Black-backed Woodpecker. We’ll also enjoy the unique flora (such as Pitcher Plants) and maybe even see a moose!
World Series of Birding (Youth Birding)
Thursday - Sunday, May 9-12
Experience spring migration at its best in Cape May, NJ for this youth birdwatching competition/fundraiser: a decade-long NBNC tradition. Contact us for more information. Beginning birders welcome!