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All Events

The ecoNEWS VT team will post upcoming events of interest to the larger community. If you would like to see something listed here, please contact Elissa Schuett.

Posted 2017-12-15
2017 Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative Conference: Beyond Communication: Advocating for Science and our Forests - This year's conference promises to deliver a dynamic array of talks and workshops designed to help collaborators build capacity to communicate and market their work to a broader stakeholder audience. This conference will help participants develop messages and share information in such a way that the public sees the value of forest ecosystem monitoring and research in our region.

Posted 2017-11-11
Vermont EPSCoR Grant Writing Workshop - This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for attendees to work on proposals, acquire valuable feedback, and learn grant writing tips! The keynote presenter will be Jeralyn Haraldsen, Ph.D. UVM OVPR's Grant Proposal Manager. Dr. Haraldsen was trained as a scientist and has broad and extensive experience in scientific communication.

Posted 2017-10-20
Untrammeled: The Case for Wild Nature in a Changing World - Join the Northeast Wilderness Trust for a talk by Tom Butler and Mark Anderson addressing the science and spirit of forever-wild conservation.

Posted 2017-10-15
Cornwall Clayplain Forest Walk - Conservation ecologist Marc Lapin will lead a guided walk through an example of a Valley Clayplain Forest in Cornwall. Learn about the Beaver Brook watershed and the site's plants and soils.

Posted 2017-06-09
Foresters for the Birds Annual Tour - It’s been four years since the timber harvest at Green Mountain Audubon was conducted with birds in mind. We’ll visit stands treated with expanding-gap irregular shelterwood, single tree and small group selection, and crop tree release with gap formation to find out how the forest and bird community has responded.

Posted 2017-06-03
Winooski River Canoe Trip - Join Shayne Jaquith, Watershed Restoration Manager, and Gus Goodwin, Conservation Coordinator, for a springtime paddle to explore one of Vermont’s most spectacular rivers. We will start at the mouth of the Winooski River and paddle upstream past outstanding floodplain forests, ancient river deltas, and some of the state’s most beloved natural areas.

Posted 2017-05-20
Succession Planning Workshop for Landowners - If you own and care for woodland, the fate of your land is important to you. You hope that future generations will benefit from your efforts. But hope is not a plan. Preserving your legacy requires planning, and that involves more than just having a will or an estate plan. This workshop is a mix of presentation and practical exercises that will give you the knowledge and tools to start planning.

Posted 2017-05-15
Holistic Forest Management Course at Sterling College - This team-taught, two-week intensive course provides an introduction to low-impact forest management techniques and forest farming approaches used to produce timber and non-timber forest products.

Posted 2017-05-13
Invasive Species Workshop at Bluffside Farms - There are actions landowners can take to reduce the spread and impact of invasive plants. Join staff from Vermont Land Trust, Northwoods Stewardship Center, Orleans County Forester Jared Nunery and the Memphremagog Watershed Association at Bluffside Farm in Newport and learn how to be part of the solution.

Posted 2017-05-06
Spring Migration Bird Monitoring Walk - Following our regular monitor route, we will search for birds in various habitats at the Audubon Center. The long-term data we gather contributes to the eBird database, which is available to a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, conservation biologists, and the public.

Posted 2017-05-04
Vermont Arbor Day Conference - The Vermont Arbor Day Conference is designed for the stewards of Vermont's urban trees and community forests and will provide an opportunity to enhance technical skills, engage in urban forestry hot topics, and network.

Posted 2017-05-04
Succession Planning Workshop for Landowners - If you own and care for woodland, the fate of your land is important to you. You hope that future generations will benefit from your efforts. But hope is not a plan. Preserving your legacy requires planning, and that involves more than just having a will or an estate plan. This workshop is a mix of presentation and practical exercises that will give you the knowledge and tools to start planning.

Posted 2017-04-28
The Trump Transition and the Environment - From Understanding to Action - Deb Markowitz, former VT Secretary of Natural Resources and visiting professor in RSENR, will provide an update on efforts by the new administration to undo Obama-era environmental protections. She will also focus on the many ways environmental groups, state and local governments, universities and other nongovernmental entities are responding in an effort to slow down or stop these roll-backs.

Posted 2017-04-24
NRCS Seeks Project Proposals to Protect and Restore Critical Wetlands in Vermont - NRCS encourages partners to propose projects that focus on improving water quality as well as habitat on working landscapes in high-priority areas. Funding will be provided through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP​).

Posted 2017-04-22
March for Science - Vermont - The March for Science is a celebration of passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community.

Posted 2017-04-18
Making River Corridors Work for You - A hands-on workshop for conservation commissions, water quality groups, planning commissions, and interested community members in Franklin County.

Posted 2017-04-13
Silvopasture practices in the northeastern United States - Dr. Joe Orefice from Cornell University has been a leader in developing sustainable silvopasture techniques for the northeastern US and will be sharing some of his insights during his presentation.

Posted 2017-03-29
New Flora of Vermont: An Author Talk by Art Gilman - Art Gilman is the author of the recently released tome New Flora of Vermont. This survey is the most comprehensive compilation of Vermont's botanical specimens ever and the first since 1969. Come by to learn more than you ever thought possible about Vermont's botanical diversity.

Posted 2017-03-24
Seminar: Chief Don Stevens, Water and the Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe: Understanding its Cultural and Historic Values - Join Chief Don Stevens for a discussion of the role of water in Abenaki culture. Aiken Center 112 at 1:10pm.

Posted 2017-03-18
Marvels and Mysteries of Plants in Vermont's Mountains and Marshes - Vegetarian dinner and slide show: you'll be filled with wonder and delight as you hear how scientists/sleuths are unraveling surprising mysteries of Vermont's 2,000 plant species.

Posted 2017-03-12
Vermont Land Trust 4th Annual Bolton Tours - Join VLT for an afternoon of adventure and celebration on Bolton's conserved land.

Posted 2017-03-11
Workshop: Timber Harvesting with Birds in Mind - Ever wondered if timber harvesting is good for birds? Interested in understanding how trees are harvested and taken out of the forest? Join Audubon Vermont, the Vermont Land Trust, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, and the Town of Stowe on a tour of an active timber harvest to get answers to these questions and more.

Posted 2017-02-22
Developing a Blight Resistant American Chestnut - UVM's Rubenstein School Spring Seminar Series, "From Research to Practice and Back," focuses on issue-driven, relevant, collaborative science. On February 22 at 4pm, learn about American chestnut restoration.

Posted 2017-02-22
NSRC Webinar: Forest Tree Responses to Climate Change and Drought - Improve your understanding of the impacts of climate change, especially drought, on northern forests. Consider the potential impacts of climate change on the capacity of northern forests to provide important ecosystem services to the region’s communities, such as water resources, the production of timber, maple syrup and other forest products, hydrologic regulation, and carbon storage.

Posted 2017-02-19
Backyard Woods Program - The Vermont Backyard Woods Program is a six-week online program offered by Vermont Urban and Community Forestry. By the end of the program participants will understand why their backyard woods matters, the benefits it provides, and how it contributes to Vermont’s forest landscape.

Posted 2017-02-17
Great Backyard Bird Count Feb 17-20 - Bird watchers of all ages count birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are.

Posted 2017-02-15
Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program RFP - The 2017 RFP has been announced for the USGS Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program. Pre-proposals are due February 15, 2017

Posted 2017-02-10
Vermont Land Trust Land Access Innovations Training - The Vermont Land Trust (VLT) and National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) are teaming up to offer a FREE two-day intensive training on working farmland conservation and farmland access.

Posted 2017-02-09
Webinar: Urban Soils and Stormwater Management - Better understand how the soil environment impacts and affects urban tree longevity, performance and key environmental benefits associated with the urban forest, including stormwater management.

Posted 2017-02-08
Aquatic Nuisance Species Program Accepting Applications for 2017 - These grants provide financial assistance to municipalities and agencies of the state for aquatic invasive and nuisance plant and animal management programs – control, spread prevention, and educational projects. The applications are due no later than Wednesday, 8 February 2017.

Posted 2017-02-05
Wildlife and Connected Forests Snowshoe - Join TNC Vermont for an afternoon snowshoe at the wonderful Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury, VT, searching for signs of wildlife.

Posted 2017-01-26
Lecture by Tom Wessels on Old-growth Forests - Old-growth forests are an important part of our natural heritage in the Northeast, and allowing old growth to return to the landscape is integral to our efforts to improve the ecological integrity of the region. Tom Wessels, author of Reading the Forested Landscape, will explore the role of old growth forests using the principle of self-organization and its relationship to ecological succession.

Posted 2017-01-25
Webinar: Reporting Limits - Reporting limits (RLs) are crucial to environmental project planning and the production, review, and assessment of analytical data. This course will give an introduction to the process for establishing project-appropriate RLs, and will identify key lines of communication between project, field, and laboratory personnel.

Posted 2017-01-25
Panel Discussion: Lake Champlain and Basin, From Research to Practice and Back - Please join us for an exploration of the connections between research and practice (management, policy, education) through current examples from Lake Champlain and Basin.

Posted 2017-01-22
Snowshoe Walk in East Montpelier - Join TNC Vermont's Director of Critical Lands and Conservation Science for a leisurely afternoon snowshoe searching for signs of wildlife at Chickering Bog Natural Area.

Posted 2017-01-19
Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Information Session - Information session for the Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship opportunity available to graduate students.

Posted 2017-01-17
Webinar: Great Lakes Tributary Nutrient and Sediment Monitoring Program - Research hydrologist Dale Robertson describes a monitoring program on 30 tributaries to the Great Lakes, a system that drains ~46% of the U.S. area.

Posted 2017-01-10
WildPaths - Roadways and Wildlife Connectivity - Bridget Butler, Program Director at Cold Hollow to Canada, will tell you more than you thought you would ever want to know about roadkill in Vermont. Bridget will discuss her innovative citizen science initiative, WildPaths, created to understand how wildlife move across the landscape. We promise you will never look at roadkill the same way again.

Posted 2017-01-10
Public Meeting on Conserved Land in the NEK - The meeting will discuss the proposed long-range management plan for Victory Basin Wildlife Management Area, Victory State Forest, and Darling State Park. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Burke Mountain Room at Lyndon State College.

Posted 2017-01-01
First Day Hikes - Start the New Year on the right foot with a hike in a Vermont State Park. Join a free, guided, family-friendly hike taking place in state parks and forests throughout the state.

Posted 2016-12-21
NSRC Webinar:Surprising red spruce growth resurgence - causes and implications - Join Shelly Rayback as she discusses findings from red spruce research

Posted 2016-12-16
ECHO Seeks Watershed Resilience Project Teams - Looking for guidance, expert advice and funding for your watershed resilience project? Bring your team to the 2017 Leahy Center Environmental Summit scheduled for March 2017 and you'll have the opportunity to learn from successful, multi-sector, multi-town watershed resilience projects, and develop a project and grant proposal.

Posted 2016-12-14
Knauss and Coastal Management Fellowship Information Session - Information session about two fellowship opportunities available for graduate students

Posted 2016-12-14
Audubon Christmas Bird Count - The Audubon Christmas Bird Count isn’t just about counting birds, it’s about checking the pulse of the ecosystem we share and delivering practical conservation results based on what we find. Audubon Christmas Bird Counts are conducted from December 14 through January 5. Find an Audubon Christmas Bird Count near you.

Posted 2016-12-08
Webcast: Budgeting for Biomass with Rich Hauer - Join Dr. Rich Hauer, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, as he outlines the costs that communities are bearing as the killing front of Emerald Ash Borer expands, and steps available to help communities and professionals plan accordingly.

Posted 2016-12-02
Vermont Monitoring Cooperative Annual Meeting - The morning plenary will feature an array of presenters from various disciplines speaking to the relationship between forests and watersheds. The afternoon will be devoted to concurrent sessions where collaborators from across the region can present their most recent work. The guiding theme for this year's conference is "healthy forests, healthy watersheds."

Posted 2016-12-01
Getting Gulls Bird ID Workshop - They are among the most successful birds on Earth, living from polar regions to parking lots, along shorelines or at sewage ponds. And even as they pose for us in plain sight, they can be notoriously hard to identify — but not any more. During this one-hour session, naturalist Bryan Pfeiffer will teach fledgling gull-watchers how to look beyond feathers to identify gull species with confidence.

Posted 2016-11-19
Fall Bird Monitoring - Join Vermont Audubon to search for birds in various habitats at the Audubon Center. The long-term data they gather contributes to the eBird database, which is available to a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, conservation biologists, and the public.

Posted 2016-11-18
Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) Project Introduction - Dr. Arne Bomblies will present the research focus of Vermont EPSCoR’s new $20 million National Science Foundation grant, which began in June 2016. The research seeks to better understand and model the social-ecological system of the Lake Champlain Basin, with an emphasis on extreme event impacts on lake water quality.

Posted 2016-11-17
Let's Talk Turkeys - Find out what wild turkeys eat for Thanksgiving! Hit the trail with Vermont Audubon to discover how turkeys nest, find food and stay safe from predators.

Posted 2016-11-14
Energy Action Seminar - The Energy Action speaker series brings experts in every major renewable energy field to UVM’s campus each Monday. The next speaker is Vanessa Gray, a representative of the Aamjiwnaang Nation. She will be covering topics of environmental racism and justice as they relate to energy development.

Posted 2016-11-12
Last Tracks Film Screening - This two-year film focuses on the effects that climate change has on skiing and what skiers as a community can do to fight it.

Posted 2016-11-12
Button-Up Day - Vermont Button-Up Day is November 12. Events are happening across the state to help you prepare your home for winter.

Posted 2016-11-11
All Creatures Great and Small: How do Bees and Moose Contribute to Human Well-being? - UVM researchers Leif Richardson, Insu Koh, and Laura Sonter discuss pollinators, the influence of landscape structure on biodiversity, and global drivers of land use change.

Posted 2016-11-07
Burlington Geographic Lecture: Pathways and Pavement - Brennan Gauthier and Kyle Obenauer take us on a tour of Burlington’s transportation heritage via railroad, streetcar, and even horse-powered paddleboat. Luis Vivanco explains Burlington’s long love of bicycling and turns our attention to the future of transportation planning.

Posted 2016-11-03
2016 Ocean Literacy Summit - The 2016 Ocean Literacy Summit will focus on the latest research and education activities surrounding Ocean Literacy principle #3: "The ocean in a major influence on weather in climate."

Posted 2016-11-02
Burlington Geographic Lecture: Burlington Illuminated - Dan Fredman and Roger Donegan tell stories of smokestacks and solar panels, oil tanks, and wind turbines. This evening is a reflection on Burlington’s energy heritage and an inside look at Burlington’s role in the emerging future of electricity.

Posted 2016-10-31
Black Carbon Webinar - Presentations on EPA-funded research about black carbon's role in climate and air quality.

Posted 2016-10-28
Lecture: The Cougar Returns to the East - Join naturalist and author Susan Morse at the Montshire Museum for a magnificently illustrated introduction to cougar biology and ecology.

Posted 2016-10-27
CUAHSI's 2016 Cyberseminar series: NOAA National Water Model - The fourth cyberseminar in the CUAHSI series is titled: "Plans for Summer Institute 2017"

Posted 2016-10-24
Save the Lake Salt Summit - A day-long program designed for public and private winter road maintenance professionals in Lake George and across the Adirondack region.

Posted 2016-10-24
Film Screening: Hope in a Changing Climate - Hope in a Changing Climate reframes the debate on global warming, illustrating that large decimated ecosystems can be restored. This film reveals success stories from Ethiopia, Rwanda and China which prove that bringing large areas back from environmental ruin is possible. The film will be followed by a panel discussion.

Posted 2016-10-22
Turtle Beach Clean Up Day - Vermont Fish & Wildlife is looking for volunteers to help pull up vegetation on nesting beaches to prepare spiny softshell turtle nesting sites for next year.

Posted 2016-10-20
CUAHSI's 2016 Cyberseminar series: NOAA National Water Model - The third cyberseminar in the 2016 CUAHSI series is titled: "Highlights from Student Projects of the Innovators Program: Summer Institute 2016"

Posted 2016-10-18
ECHO Innovation Week 2016 - Find out what’s new and fresh with ECHO’s STEAM initiative. Learn how the MATE program is bringing Vermont students, ECHO, and local industry together. Explore the depths of Lake Champlain and see what’s new in ROV technology with Greensea Systems from Richmond Vermont. Check out how ECHO is helping to educate and inspire through hands on engineering challenges and exciting new exhibits.

Posted 2016-10-18
Perspectives from the Field: Controversial Fish Management Issues - Speakers from the VT Department of Fish and Wildlife discuss invasive species control and the tension between stocking and wild fish populations.

Posted 2016-10-15
Vermont Land Trust Annual Celebration - Field trips throughout VLT-conserved lands in the Northeast Kingdom, as well as lunch and a keynote speaker.

Posted 2016-10-14
Ben Luce: The Scientific Case For Favoring Solar Over Wind in the Northeastern US - This presentation, by Ben Luce, a physicist and an Associate Professor in the Natural Sciences Dept. at Lyndon State College, will examine the resource potentials of solar and wind in the US and Northeast.

Posted 2016-10-13
CUAHSI's 2016 Cyberseminar series: NOAA National Water Model - The second webinar in the CUAHSI 2016 series is titled: "Technical Overview of the National Water Model"

Posted 2016-10-13
Perspectives from the Field: Controversial Wildlife Management Issues - Speakers from the VT Department of Fish and Wildlife discuss managing and conserving furbearers and hunting controversial species.

Posted 2016-10-10
Burlington Geographic Lecture: Burlington's Edible History - Learn about the intersection of Burlington's food landscape and ethnic heritage through time.

Posted 2016-10-07
Rubenstein School's 33rd Annual Graduate Research Symposium - Master's students at UVM's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources will present brief summaries of their thesis and project work. Topics will range from forestry to fish, LiDAR to land use history.

Posted 2016-10-07
UVM Plant and Soil Sciences Seminar - Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross: "Agriculture, Lake Champlain and our "ALL IN" Approach"

Posted 2016-10-06
Soak Up the Rain Webinar - Learn about innovative approaches to addressing stormwater in New England.

Posted 2016-10-06
CUAHSI's 2016 Cyberseminar series: NOAA National Water Model - The first cyberseminar in the series is titled: "Transforming National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Water Prediction"

Posted 2016-10-03
Burlington Geographic Lecture: Burlington Flowing - Megan Moir and Douglas Brooks present water's complex journey from tap to sewer to lake and beyond.

Posted 2016-10-01
Dead Creek Wildlife Day - Family-friendly wildlife demonstrations and guided nature walks at Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area: learn about bird banding, bats, wildlife rehabilitation, waterfowl calling, and more.

Posted 2016-09-30
ECANUSA Conference 2016 - Understanding and managing ECANUSA forests in a changing environment

Posted 2016-09-29
Perspectives from the Field: Emerging Issues in Regulatory Work - Speakers from the VT Department of Fish and Wildlife discuss the costs and benefits of wind power, solar power, and development in Vermont, as well as ways to protect aquatic systems through regulation and partnerships.

Posted 2016-09-28
Burlington Geographic Lecture: Urban Wilds of the Queen City - Sean Beckett brings us into Burlington’s lesser-known natural areas to unearth stories of Burlington’s history, ecology, community, and evolving relationship with open space. Elise Schadler shows us what our beautiful street trees have to say about our identity as Burlington residents.

Posted 2016-09-22
Green Stormwater Infrastructure Bike Tour - In partnership with Local Motion and Burlington Parks and Recreation, Lake Champlain Sea Grant is hosting a group bike ride along a tour route featuring permeable pavers, Silva Cells, rain gardens, gravel wetlands, curb bump-outs and curb-cuts, bioretention (research), green roofs, and notable mature trees.

Posted 2016-09-21
Sustainable Landscape Stewards - A five-session course designed for municipal employees, community leaders, watershed groups and concerned citizens involved in water resources and land use planning. Topics include watershed science and how land use changes impact our water resources; lake, river and wetland processes; state and federal regulations; and online resources.

Posted 2016-09-21
Forest Pest First Detector Volunteer Training - First Detectors are volunteers who are on the front line of defense against high risk forest pest infestations. Vermont's Forest Pest First Detectors program prepares these volunteers to meet, work with and educate the public about exotic tree pests.

Posted 2016-09-21
National Water Quality Monitoring Council Webinar Series - Groundwater Corrosivity - Potential Corrosivity of Untreated Groundwater in the United States - presentation by Ken Belitz, U.S. Geological Survey

Posted 2016-09-19
Burlington Geographic: Burlington Underfoot - Lecture by Walt Poleman and Jeff Marshall: bedrock, soil, ravines, and how the ancient origins of our physical landscape influenced centuries of city planning.

Posted 2016-09-15
Perspectives from the Field: A Mission of Conservation - Speakers from the VT Department of Fish and Wildlife will address conservation in the context of Vermont's future.

Posted 2016-09-15
VLT Fish-Friendly Habitat and Stream Crossings Workshop - Learn how to improve stream habitat features on your land.

Posted 2016-09-06
Rain Garden Design Workshop - Rain gardens use runoff from impervious surfaces to grow plants, reduce erosion, and improve water quality. Join NorthWoods Stewardship Center to learn how to turn your roof and driveway into a rain catchment for a beautiful garden of your own.

Posted 2016-08-29
Fisheries Leadership Institute - A short course in aquatic ecology for individuals, community groups, sport fishing industry businesses, tourism organizations, elected officials, and other interested stakeholders.

Posted 2016-08-24
Webinar: Evaluating Stormwater Pond Performance - Becky Tharp of Lake Champlain Sea Grant will describe an ongoing study examining the pollution removal efficiency of floating treatment wetland (FTW) systems in stormwater ponds.

Posted 2016-08-22
Institute in Drinking Water Treatment - Course for consulting engineers and scientists dealing with water supply and treatment.

Posted 2016-08-18
Get to Know Our Lake Champlain Watershed Summer Tour: Joseph C. McNeil Generating Station - Thursday, August 18, 2:00-3:00 PM. Please plan to arrive by 1:50 PM. Directions will be emailed to all who RSVP by August 16.

Posted 2016-08-17
Crude Move Webinar Series: Regulatory Activity and Environmental Requirements - Join the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network for the Crude Move webinar series. Participants will explore the transport of crude oil across the Great Lakes Basin.

Posted 2016-08-04
Get to Know Our Lake Champlain Watershed Summer Tour: Green Infrastructure Biking Tour of Burlington - Thursday, August 4, 12:00-1:00 PM. We will depart promptly at NOON from the starting location. Meeting location information will be emailed to all who RSVP by August 2.

Posted 2016-07-31
Lake Champlain Maritime Festival - Join us for a festival of all things maritime! Free admission!

Posted 2016-06-26
National Association of Community Development Professionals Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals Joint Conference - Building a Path to Resiliency: Uniting Natural Resources & Community Development

Posted 2016-06-08
5th Annual Vermont Environmental Consortium Water Quality Conference - Vermont Environmental Consortium’s 5th annual Water Quality Conference will highlight the tremendous opportunity for innovation in water quality management by showcasing a wide-range of efforts currently underway in Vermont to protect, restore and enhance clean water.

Posted 2016-06-03
12th Annual Vermont Lake Seminar - A celebration of lakes and an opportunity for residents to join in water quality protection efforts focused on lakes.

Posted 2016-05-25
Timber and Thrushes - Join in on a spring bird walk at the Hill-Robert property in Starksboro, owned by the Vermont Land Trust. VLT forester Caitlin Cusack and Audubon biologist Steve Hagenbuch will lead a fun and laid-back morning from 7 to 9 am.

Posted 2016-05-21
Warbler Walk with the Bird Diva - Back by popular demand, Bridget Butler, aka "The Bird Diva," will be guiding a warbler walk at TNC's spectacular Helen W. Buckner Natural Area in West Haven, Vermont from 7:30 am to 10:30 am.