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Science Symposium (for Grades 4-12)
 
The arrival of spring means the mating season for herps! Track and monitor the amphibians and reptiles that are traveling around your neighborhood with the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas. The ultimate goal of the Atlas is to gather and disseminate the data that are needed on the reptiles and amphibians of Vermont in a way that involves and informs Vermont individuals and organizations so that they can become more informed and effective stewards of wildlife habitat.
 
 
Spending time in nature can serve as a form of social distancing, the strategy epidemiologists are recommending to limit spread of the virus. Of course, social distancing doesn’t work without the distance part, so this only counts for open spaces that you can reach while avoiding close contact with others.
 
Virtual Engagement Opportunities
 
Do you want to get up-close with a hawk or owl? Tune into the VINS Facebook Live for one unique encounter. You’ll get an up-close look at one of our many resident raptors and get to ask an Environmental Educator all your burning questions in real time!
 
Vote for the bird you would like to see here, or submit a question before hand to be sure it’s answered; were excited to engage with you virtually!
 
Have you ever wondered what happens behind the closed doors of our Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation? We will be posting an in-depth tour on our Facebook! Submit your questions or anything you would like us to focus on!
 
A few very special birds at VINS are glove trained; this means that they are trained to perch on an Environmental Educators glove and listen/react to cues. Learn more about the training protocol during this in-depth video with one of our Raptor Trainers! Submit questions here.
 
It’s an important time of year for herps (reptiles and amphibians)! Join us for a close encounter to learn more about their life history, what makes each species unique, and more specialties of the reptiles that live at VINS during this Facebook Live! We will answer all your questions in real-time.
 
Stay tuned to our Facebook to vote for the reptile you want to see up close!
 
It’s spring cleaning time! We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring migrants and want to make sure all of our nest boxes are cleaned out from the previous year. Join us and learn about the birds that inhabit our nest boxes in the spring and what they need to survive!
 
Are you ready for the fiercest, most agile predator in the world?! Join us for a Facebook Live Q&A focused on falcons! These incredible predators have amazing adaptations that you have to see to believe. Submit questions here!
 
Join Chris Collier, Director of On-Site Programs and Exhibits, for a journey to the tree tops on the NEW Forest Canopy Walk. You’ll learn about the construction of this amazing new exhibit as well as some of the natural history of a living deciduous forest.
 
Have you noticed a few spiders hanging around your house? Maybe you have a tree in your yard that you just can’t identify. Check out our iNaturalist Tutorial video on Facebook and you’ll learn how to use this app to answer all of your nature identification questions!