Natural History & Birding Weekend
Celebrate the mysteries of spring migration. With birds as your focus, explore the natural history of the landscape: investigate connections between bedrock, soils, plant distribution, animal behavior, bird ecology, and much more. Learn and practice some core routines for developing closer relationships with our feathered neighbors.
Day 1 (Friday)
After a delicious dinner and group introductions (we’ll want to know what you’re particularly interested in exploring!) we will provide a brief orientation to the landscape and weekend program. The evening will involve an outdoor exploration (which might involve exploring exposed bedrock patterns, amphibian migration or woodcock mating displays – depending on the weather), as well as stories and an introduction to core routines/practices for deepening our connection to and understanding of place.
Day 2 (Saturday)
Begin the day with an early morning bird walk followed by breakfast at the Inn at Shelburne Farms. Then journey to the LaPlatte River Marsh Natural Area to explore the river by canoe. In the afternoon, visit the Beeken and Parsons woodshop in the Farm Barn to design and create your own spoon from wood from Shelburne Farms. A community dinner at Orchard Cove House will be followed by evening stories, presentations and opportunities to dive deeper into the questions and mysteries of the day.
Day 3 (Sunday)
Begin the day with an early morning bird walk followed by a campfire breakfast . Then journey to Shelburne Pond, where we will explore a variety of wetland habitats and attempt to sneak a peak at some of the secretive wetland birds nest in those areas. We will wrap up our day with a final visit to a “mystery site” – giving participants the chance to practice their landscape reading skills from bedrock to birds.
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