In this engaging presentation, Jaclyn Comeau, biologist with the State of Vermont's Bear Project, will help us better understand our ursine neighbors. She will introduce general information about bear ecology and behavior with a focus on their life cycle and food needs. The presentation will also explore conflicts between people and bears, diving deeper into what draws them into our backyards and what we can do to prevent this from happening. Our hope is to increase this community's understanding of bears and to help them take steps to be active stewards of this iconic species.
Thursday, March 24th from 6 to 7:30 pm
Online: Zoom Link
We are excited to be joining up with the Mad River Valley Libraries and the North Branch Nature Center to offer an online introduction to amphibian conservation and amphibian road crossing training for the second year in a row.
Salamanders and frogs migrate by the thousands from forests to wetlands each spring, often crossing roads at great peril. These seldom-seen amphibians radiate charisma, inspiration, and moxie on even the rainiest spring nights. And they need our help!
Join North Branch Nature Center biologist Pete Kerby-Miller for an evening program featuring local amphibian ecology. Then learn how you can participate in the Amphibian Road Crossing community science project. 🐸 Each spring, local volunteers rescue thousands of amphibians and collect important migration data used by town planners and ecologists. Join our team of amphibian “crossing guards” this spring!
Register below to volunteer and get notified when we host a pop-up monitoring event this Spring. All three MRV Libraries also have free ARC kits to loan with all of the supplies you will need to help our amphibian friends. NBNC volunteer link.
This event sponsored by Friends of the Mad River, Joslin Memorial Library, Moretown Library, Warren Library, and North Branch Nature Center.
Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and learn more by visiting northbranchnaturecenter.org/amphibian-conservation
Tuesday, March 22th from 5:30 to 7 pm
Online: Info here
A quick informative presentation with local trail & dog experts
2 short break-out group sessions to dive deeper
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Dogs take their cues from humans, and it is our responsibility to care for them in a way that supports a welcoming, healthy community - and watershed! Join Ross Saxton of the Mad River Path as he facilitates a conversation about what support dog owners need to best care for the Mad River Valley's trails, lands, and waters. What do you need as a dog owner? What does owning a dog in a sustainable way look like? How can we ensure safe, high quality outdoor recreation with our canine companions?
We want to hear from everyone. Whether you own a dog or not, your voice matters!
This event is being coordinated as part of the #stewardMRV initiative, in which Friends of the Mad River is a core partner.