Our programs are usually free and open to the public, unless stated otherwise. Many of our program sites are on private property or in remote locations, so please register in advance, if requested, and heed the dress or equipment requirements.
- iNaturalist Workshop
Saturday, January 11, 2020, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Holton Hall- third floor; 130 Austine Drive; Brattleboro
Learn to use iNaturalist for identification and recording of species. Attention all nature lovers, photographers, and citizen scientists! Windham Regional Woodlands Association and the Vermont Center for Ecostudies are offering a workshop on how to use the citizen science tool iNaturalist to collect data and learn more about the species that surround us. Join Emily Anderson as she explains the value of citizen science projects in conserving Vermont’s biodiversity and walks participants through the basics of recording their first observation on iNaturalist. For established users, she can help answer your questions that have come up while out observing.
iNaturalist is a crowd-sourced species identification app powered by artificial intelligence (AI). For the casual nature observer, it allows people to snap photos of animals and plants, and upload them for members of the iNaturalist community to identify. It is also a social network for naturalists to record information on species, meet others with similar interests and learn. It began as a web app, iNaturalist.org, founded in 2008 by students at the University of California, Berkeley.
Through iNaturalist, the Vermont Center for Ecostudies manages the Vermont Atlas of Life project whose mission is to discover, map, and monitor biodiversity across the state. In just a few years, over 7,000 Vermonters have added over 365,000 observations. It’s the largest biodiversity dataset ever assembled for the state, we welcome all to join in! A cell phone or digital camera is needed to use the app.
- Ramble and Potluck Lunch Munson Hicks
Saturday, February 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Land of Munson Hicks, WRWA President, Vernon, Vermont
Please come and join us for a “ramble” through the woods on the land of Munson Hicks. It is a one hundred thirty-two acre parcel of generally flat land. Depending on the weather, it will be an easy snowshoe, cross country ski, or just plain boots tour of the land, which will have been newly marked for an upcoming cut. George Weir (a former WRWA president) is the consulting forester who manages the land, and he will be along to answer any questions.
Directions to 870 Tyler Hill Road: From Brattleboro, go south on route 5 through Guilford. About 2.5 miles south of the Guilford store, turn LEFT onto Tyler Hill Road. After crossing over Rte. 91 the driveway is the second on the left (mailbox on the right).
- Winter Tree Identification Walk