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On March 24,  at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury, Dr. Allan Strong, associate dean of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources of the University of Vermont, provided an illustrated overview of The Bobolink Project. Faced with a rapidly and persistently declining Bobolink population and increasingly intensive management of Vermont’s grasslands, Allan Strong helped put together a novel strategy for raising community funds to support healthy Bobolink habitat in Vermont. If you missed Read the rest of this entry »

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On March 20,  at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury, Scott Darling, wildlife biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and the point person for Vermont’s bats gave a presentation at the Ilsley Public Library entitled Bats on the Brink. The advent of white nose syndrome has thrown the bat landscape topsy-turvy. Scott shared his experiences in working with the many scientists now engaged in this struggle to save bats and offered his insights into prospects for their recovery. If you missed this Read the rest of this entry »

On January 9,  at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury, Gary Starr, proprietor of Starr Decoys and long-time OCAS board member, took us on a photographic journey to what has been called the eighth continent, Madagascar, which he visited in 2013 with his wife Kathy. If you missed this presentation you can view it online thanks to the production facilities of Middlebury Community Television. Many of our past presentations can also be viewed online by following this link. Read the rest of this entry »

 

The folks at Middlebury Community Television have begun to migrate their video library to Youtube much to the benefit of OCAS and you. This means clearer, higher-resolution and more reliable video streams, and all our videos put together in a single playlist. Another great consequence of this reorganization was that MCTV dug up an old gem, Vermont Fish & Wildlife biologist Doug Blodgett giving a Cabin Fever Lecture on Catamounts from 2007 which you can see embedded above. Read the rest of this entry »

 

On March, 14,  Susan Roney Drennan gave a presentation at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury entitled, Albatrosses and Their Interactions With Long-line Fisheries. An nice crowd was on hand, very much engaged in Susan’s descriptions of these amazing and graceful birds.  If you missed it, thanks to the production facilities of Middlebury Community Television, you can view this presentation online. Read the rest of this entry »

 

On February, 14,  former Otter Creek Audubon Society board member, Mike Winslow, gave a presentation on The Owls of Vermont, the second of our three Cabin Fever Lecture Series presentations for 2013. If you missed it, thanks to the production facilities of Middlebury Community Television, you can view this presentation online. Apologies for the poor video quality on this one, but the audio and stories are still great. Read the rest of this entry »

 

On January, 10, OCAS held the first of three Cabin Fever Lecture Series presentations at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury, VT. We were very pleased to have a large crowd on hand, but if you missed it, thanks to the production facilities of Middlebury Community Television, you can view this presentation online. Read the rest of this entry »

John Rogers

On Wednesday, March 14, OCAS held its third Cabin Fever Lecture for 2012.  This program entitled, Bluebirds and More, was presented by John Rogers, co-founder of the New York Bluebird Society. John had been passionate about Eastern Bluebirds for most of his life since seeing them nest in boxes his Father put up forty-five years ago. He has since erected and monitored hundreds of Bluebird boxes across the state of New York. There is a saying that Bluebirds bring happiness, and they certainly have for John. They even brought Read the rest of this entry »

  Over 50 people came out to hear Chris and Julia Child present on their most recent trip to Costa Rica at our second Cabin Fever lecture Wednesday night.  A country whose area is comparable to Vermont and New Hampshire is home to 5% of the world’s biological diversity.  There are 52 species of hummingbirds, over 20 species of tanagers, 16 “wood creepers,” and more species of butterflies than can be found in all of Africa.  Because the country decided to not have a military, but rather to invest in preservation, health care, and education, over 25% of the country is set aside as preserves. Read the rest of this entry »

Dayton Wakefield leading off the presentation

On Wednesday January 11th OCAS hosted its first Cabin Fever lecture of 2012. The program, entitled Warblers: Need We Say More?, was part travelogue, part identification challenge, and part birding tips. Dayton Wakefield began the show with entertaining travel tips for planning a trip to the Ohio shores of Lake Erie. The Lake Erie shoreline in northwestern Ohio is widely recognized as one of the best birding areas in North America. The Black Swamp Bird Observatory provides wonderful information about birding in the area Read the rest of this entry »

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