Chapter Newsletter - The Harbinger

Green Mountain Conservation Camp Scholarships

Do you know a student that is interested in attending the 2019 VT Fish and Wildlife’s Green Mountain Conservation Camp but needs financial help? If so, have that student contact Ellen Allman at ellenallman@gmail.com and request a “Sponsorship Agreement” form. Fill out this form and return it to Ascutney Mountain Audubon to be considered for one of our camp scholarships. For camp information visit www.vtfishandwildlife.com.

Programs and Field Trips

Pre-Herricks Cove Wildlife Festival Program:

Ben Kilham and Black Bears

Date and Time:  Friday, May 3, 2019 with time to be determined

Program Location: To be determined

In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the Herricks Cove Wildlife Festival, we have added an additional event. Ben Kilham from Lyme, NH will speak on Friday evening about his bear projects. More details will follow when the time and location are determined. The festival will be Sunday, May 5, 2019, 10 AM to 4 PM with early morning birding starting at 7 AM.

The Wonders of Woodland Warblers

Lecture and Bird Walk with Bridget Butler

Co-sponsored by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and AMAS

Date and Time:  Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 2 pm

Program Location: Nolin-Murray Center, next to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 40 Pleasant St., Springfield, VT

Who are the Wood Warblers and why do birders lose their minds over them each spring? Discover that these small songbirds are not only incredibly colorful with necklaces and eye-rings, but beautiful songsters as well. And, they’re maddening! They’re quick, sometimes elusive and everyone’s in a rush to get a glimpse of a little warbler eye-candy before all the trees leaf out for the summer. There’s a lot to be on the lookout for! Join the Bird Diva to learn more about the 41 documented species of warblers in Vermont, how to find them and get tips on how to look and listen for these winged jewels. The lecture entrance fee is $8.

Bird Walk Location: Paradise Park in Windsor, VT

After the program, Bridget will lead a free warbler walk in Paradise Park. Meet at McDonalds in Springfield at 5:30 PM to carpool or meet across from Price Chopper on Route 5 in Windsor at 6:15 PM. For more information, contact Alma Beals at almabeals@gmail.com or (802) 722-3355.

Black-throated Blue Warbler. Photo by M. Walsh

Black-throated Blue Warbler. Photo by M. Walsh

Bird Walks at Up On the Hill Conservation Area , Richardson Rd, in Charlestown, NH

Date and Time: Saturday, May 25, 2019 (Rain date Sunday, May 26, 2019) 5:30 AM and 8:30 AM

Up On the Hill Conservation Area is a new acquisition of the Upper Valley Land Trust (UVLT) located on Richardson Road at the end of Morningside Lane off of Charlestown/Claremont Rd (Route 11/12) in North Charlestown. The 1,100 acre property has multiple habitats including forest, fields and wetlands. The UVLT folks are eager to meet local and visiting birders, and they will be co-hosting the walks with AMAS. The first walk will begin at 5:30 AM and the second walk will begin at 8:30 AM. We hope you will come and join us for this introductory program on this exciting property that is now open for the public to enjoy.

Driving Directions: From Route 11/12 near the Dean Hill RV Center, turn onto Morningside Lane at the Morningside Service Station. Drive to the end of the road and park at the UVLT kiosk.

Noteworthy Event

Americorps NCCC Team at the North Springfield Bog

On Saturday, 24 August 2018, an Americorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) team cleared vegetation that had overgrown portions of the bog boardwalk. This clearance was long overdue as portions of the boardwalk were impassable. (AMAS board members had attempted the clearance last spring, but left most of the job incomplete due to the strenuous nature of the work). The connection between AMAS and Americorps NCCC was made at the July BioBlitz at Hoyt’s Landing when Nick Skarmeas, a Corps Member, approached AMAS to offer services related to a local environmental stewardship project. Needless to say, the offer was very welcome.

The Americorps NCCC team made up of Emily Brough, Kyla Cahal, Darius Leiba, and Fisher Ream was a wellspring of youthful enthusiasm and strength. The team was pleased to provide this service; each of them commented on the unique and special environment of the bog. None of them had seen a bog prior to their visit; now they can say that they have been in a bog, literally!

AMAS sincerely thanks these wonderful young adults for their dedication to service. See pictures below:

 

Scholarships

Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society selected Sadie Wood from Green Mountain High School as the recipient of its 2018 $1,300 scholarship.  The scholarship is awarded to a graduating high school senior who lives within certain Vermont designated towns and has demonstrated a strong commitment to the environment.  Students are required to submit an application to the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) during the annual application time period.

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Sadie plans to attend Duke University this fall and will be studying environmental engineering. Sadie says, “I plan to use my environmental engineering degree to help make the world a better place. A degree in environmental engineering is at the intersection of my interests in science and civic engagement. I believe that with this study I can combine these passions and gain the understanding of our planet and its processes that I need to find solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems.”
Sadie has been involved in community service since she was very young and has been very active in the Interact Club, which is a branch of Rotary International.  She helped start an annual Interact community service trip to Nicaragua.  She said that her trip there “helped her to understand the value of helping others and our environment.”
Sadie thanked AMAS saying,” I am very grateful to AMAS for their generosity in awarding me this scholarship. It means so much to me.” AMAS congratulates Sadie and wishes her much success in her environmental studies and college career!  

For more information about the annual AMAS college scholarship, please contact Wilda Pelton at 802-885-9517 or consult with your school guidance department for information on VSAC scholarships.

AMAS also offers scholarships to youth and adults for attendance at conservation and nature camps this summer. Camps include those offered by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and by Audubon at Hog Island in Maine. Please contact Ellen Allman (ellenallman@gmail.com) to apply for a scholarship. Scholarships are from a fund established in memory of Wally Beals.