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:

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Ben Kilham and Black Bears

Date and Time:  Friday, May 3, 2019 at 7 pm

Program Location: United Methodist Church, 10 Valley St., Springfield, VT

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.

“The Social Black Bear: What Bears Have Taught Me About Being Human”

Black bears, thought to be solitary, have a different type of social behavior that possibly parallels early human behavior. They show evidence of reciprocal altruism, matri-linear hierarchy, and a mix of intentional and emotional communication. Bears can live for as many as forty years, which allows them long-term benefits from forming relationships with fellow cooperators.

 Ben Kilham, Ph.D is a wildlife biologist based in Lyme, New Hampshire. His love of and devotion to black bears has enabled him to study their habits and interact with them for more than two decades. He, his wife Debra and sister Phoebe have accepted orphaned bear cubs into their home and enabled them to successfully return to the wild. Ben has been the focus of several news articles and documentaries, including National Geographic’s A Man Among Bearsand Animal Planet’s Papa Bear. He is also author of the books Among the Bears: Raising Orphaned Cubs in the Wildand Out on a Limb: Origins of Intuition and Intelligence.


The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will follow the program. The festival will be Sunday, May 5, 2019, 10 AM to 4 PM with early morning a birding walk and bird banding 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.