Annual Gathering 2012

Join us at Green Mountain College along the lovely Poultney River for a day of inspiration and discovery

Doug Tallamy is Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology and director of the Center for Managed Ecosystems at the University of Delaware where he has authored 73 research articles and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, and other courses for 30 years. His book, “Bringing Nature Home; How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens,” was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 silver medal by the Garden Writers Association. 


Celebrate Conservation at our Annual Field Day!

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012
Green Mountain College, Poultney

9:00 am-10:00am  Registration and Refreshments

10:00 am. Conservation Update from Bob Klein, Executive Director of the Vermont Chapter

10:30am.  Keynote Speaker Doug Tallamy, author of “Bringing Nature Home,” is one of the most engaging entomologists and presenters you've yet had a chance to see! Hear him in person on his one-stop Vermont tour talking about the ecological roles of native plants in our landscapes, the benefits of designing our gardens with nature in mind, and how we can help the nature of Vermont all around us.

11:30am. Lunch  and book signing

1pm - 4pm. Field trips begin on campus and offsite. Details below. Note end time and location may vary.

Expanded Field  Trip Descriptions

On Campus 

1. Natives in Your Garden

Participate in a workshop with Rebecca Lindenmeyer, one of Vermont’s premier sustainable garden designers. Learn which native plants thrive in each of Vermont’s six ecoregions, and which plants lend themselves to “designed landscapes”. This workshop includes both a presentation inside and a hands on demos with native plants to enhance your gardens and enrich the nature of Vermont.  Visit Rebecca’s website to see her native garden designs.

Rated: Easy, minimal walking required between indoor and outdoor locations on campus. Duration: 1.5 hours. 

2. The Future of Our Forests

Join Professor Natalie Coe and Nursery Grower Keith Roberts for a tour of the Native Plant Restoration Nursery. Green Mountain College is the new home for this nursery, started in 2002 as a partnership between the Conservancy and the Poultney Mettowee Natural Resource Conservation District. Natalie will also discuss the propagation and health of our native trees, her ground-breaking research into American Beech resistance to Beech Bark Disease, and why a few trees (gratefully!) survive the introduction of an exotic pathogen.

Rated: Easy, minimal walking required between indoor and outdoor locations on campus. Duration: 1.5 hours.

 3. The Bugs Around Us

Do six legged critters make your skin crawl or do their kaleidoscope of colors and shapes fascinate you? Join Entomologist Doug Tallamy and TNC’s Sharon Plumb on a journey through a variety of habitats, in search of the flying, crawling, buzzing, hovering and hopping world of insects. Find out who’s who and what role they play in Vermont’s natural world.

Rated: Easy/Moderate, family-friendly. The trip will explore the natural areas around the Green Mountain College campus. Duration: 2 hours.

 Further Afield

* If members of your party select different fieldtrips be aware that the finishing time and location will vary. Call Kim at 802-229-4425 x 100 for advice on selecting different field trips within one group.

 4. Freshwater Ecology by Canoe

Paddle upstream on the Poultney River with TNC’s Rose Paul and Dan Farrell through lush floodplain forests. Our destination is Reed Marsh, two miles upstream, a place rich with wildlife. If time allows we’ll check on the health of a young clayplain forest nearby, then float back over mussel beds and darter pools. Must have own boat and life vest.

Rated: Strenuous. River conditions will vary depending on rainfall leading up to the event. Participants on this trip should be comfortable paddling upstream for two miles. Duration: 3 hours.

 5. Paddle Back in Time on the Poultney

Join TNC’s Jon Binhammer and Lynn McNamara to paddle East Bay of the Poultney River where it meets Lake Champlain. We’ll paddle for an hour along the stunning TNC-conserved shoreline, and beach at the Galick homestead on the Buckner Preserve. After a short homestead tour where you will get a glimpse into what it took to make ends meet on a rural farmstead and a sense of the rich biodiversity found in this corner of Vermont, you can take a shuttle to pick up your vehicle. If you have a little more time take the option of walking the scenic 1.6 miles back to your vehicle. Must have own boat and life vest.

Rated: Easy/Moderate. Lake paddling is in protected East Bay with a short distance paddling upstream on the Poultney River. Duration: 3 hours.

 6. Hawk Migration on Bald Mountain

With Vermont State Director Bob Klein and Trustee Warren King visit the Helen W. Buckner Natural Area, our flagship preserve. Within the nearly 4,000 acres of conserved forests, vast wetlands and limestone cliffs, nesting peregrine falcons and Vermont’s only lizard have found a home. We’ll spot what we can on our way to watch migrating hawks from the top of Bald Mountain.

Rated: Moderate. This trip will take Tim’s trail at a steady pace and spend time at the viewspot overlooking the valley below. We recommend stout walking shoes or boots and long pants on this preserve. Duration: 2.5 hours.

  7. Herps with the Experts

With expert guides, Jim Andrews of the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas Project and Kiley Briggs local rattlesnake expert with the Orianne Society, walk Tim’s Trail on the Buckner Preserve. We’ll hunt for, and hopefully find, some of the common and unusual frogs, snakes and other inhabitants that call the Southern Lake Champlain Valley home.

Rated: Moderate, family-friendly. Also leaving from Tim’s Trail this trip will proceed slowly with eyes peeled, with frequent stops as your expert guides locate their amphibian quarry.  We recommend stout walking shoes or boots and long pants on this preserve. Duration: 2.5-3 hours.

 8. Restoring the Forest

Our Hubbardton River Clayplain Preserve has become a showpiece for ecological restoration. TNC’s Paul Marangelo will take you on a rambling tour of this old field and explain how tree planting, wetland, and stream restoration projects are restoring this former agricultural land — and how restoration fits in with TNC’s larger conservation goals. The ultimate goal of this 12 year project, which will conclude in 2015, is to plant 76,791 trees.  On the walk you’ll see how trees planted over the years are faring, and how we’ve worked with horse and machine to restore natural variation to terrain and drainage.

Rated: Moderate.  Although the terrain is flat you will be walking on old agricultural fields and into the woods with no defined paths. Wear shoes or boots that give you stability walking over uneven ground. Duration: 2.5-3 hours.

 9. Summit in the Wild

With good reason the North Pawlet Hills are one of the Vermont Chapter’s most visited natural areas. Discover why on a hike to either Haystack Mountain or the more remote Bald Mountain (weather depending) with TNC’s Joan Allen. Expect a strenuous hike with some very steep sections, and well-earned rewards as you summit in the midst of 2,000 acres of contiguous forest. This preserve is in the process of expanding by nearly 50%. Efforts to conserve an additional 525 acres by TNC, and efforts to permanently conserve the top of Haystack by local group, Friends of Haystack, will conclude at the end of the year.

Rated: Strenuous. Participants should be comfortable hiking steep terrain. Duration: 3 hours.

 10. Wildlife On the Move

Have you ever wondered where bear, moose, and bobcat go as they travel through the landscape? Join TNC’s Phil Huffman and Monica Erhart, Staying Connected Coordinator, on a ¾ mile hike to a scenic overlook at the Deane Preserve. From on high the forests around Lake St. Catherine provide the perfect setting to understand how wildlife moves between the Green and Adirondack Mtns. Natural processes are the main driver in natural resource management at Deane Nature Preserve, owned by Green Mountain College and used as an outdoor classroom for biology and ecology students. The College's natural areas crew and groups of volunteers maintain the trail we will be using.

Rated: Moderate. Duration: 2.5-3 hours.

 11. Discover Shaw Mountain

Explore the forest, birds and rare plants that grow here through the eyes of Jim Graves, Professor at Green Mountain College, and TNC’s Murray McHugh. Learn how the soil, topography and disturbance patterns create the habitat we see today, and how observed changes, including forest dynamics after the 1998 ice storm, are affecting the abundance of bird species.

Rated: Moderate. Duration: 2 hours.

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