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Journal challenge

By |2014-02-17T13:52:00-04:00February 17th, 2014|Field School|

Robins feeding on crabapples at entrance to Centennial WoodsThe city is alive with the dramatic return of robins. A good fall for crabapples means heaps of food for the returning birds. Caught in the mix were starlings, goldfinches, and cedar waxwings galore. Spring is just around the corner. As the world jumps to life, changes [...]

Lake closure and the Burlington Phenology Guild.

By |2014-02-17T12:35:00-04:00February 17th, 2014|Field School|

Tai out at Rock Point. Anyone who has been within ear shot of me over the past month knows that I've been obsessing over the ice on the lake in the hopes that it will freeze. Last week the lake did indeed freeze over. Records have been kept since 1816 on lake freezes at the widest [...]


By |2014-02-12T13:24:00-04:00February 12th, 2014|earth skills seminar|

ESS participants demonstrate a walk, trot, and bound.This week for Earth Skills Seminar we took advantage of the beautiful snow and continued our discussion of tracking. Our theme for the day was trailing - how to interpret a string of animal tracks. All animals can do all gaits, though some animals prefer to do move [...]

The lake and our first week back!

By |2014-02-06T17:21:00-04:00February 6th, 2014|Field School|

What a gorgeous first week back at the Field School. On Monday we had beautiful blue skies and warmer temperatures. A cold front blowing through brought us beautiful beautiful snow. The star of the week has certainly been the lake. With Birdie Goose Bay (aka Appletree Bay) frozen over with more than a foot of [...]

Mother earth knows best (cont’d)

By |2014-01-27T15:57:00-04:00January 27th, 2014|Field School|

“Our educational system thinks that if they’re not tying computers into their lessons, than they’re not providing full service to their kids,” O’ Connor says. Increased technology, both in school and at home, is a major part of Louv’s Nature Deficit Disorder theory. Studies done by The Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle [...]

Mother earth knows best

By |2014-01-23T15:51:00-04:00January 23rd, 2014|Field School|

One of our UVM interns from last semester, Melanie Wetmore, wrote a paper on Nature Deficit Disorder, a proposed framework for understanding the effects of our cultural disconnect from nature. Presented here is a shortened version of her essay. Enjoy!Mother Earth Knows BestWhy reconnecting children with nature might just be the cure for America’s newest [...]

Ryder’s Animal “Trap”

By |2013-10-15T21:04:00-04:00October 15th, 2013|Field School|

The following post was dictated to me by Ryder (9, Champlain Elementary):Two weeks ago, I made un animales trap. At first I dug a 12" deep hole in the ground. Then I put acorns and beech nuts in it and covered it with moss. It was supposed to catch squirrels but we got a lot [...]

Game with Friday Field School

By |2013-09-26T13:17:00-04:00September 26th, 2013|Field School|

The frantic energy of squirrels in the fallWhile out on a wander a few weeks ago, my Guild noticed a well-worn trail. We got into tracking mode and looked for any signs we could to determine what species used the trail. We found a spot with fresh urine marking it (smelled like sweet pine needles, [...]

Second week

By |2013-09-16T20:57:00-04:00September 16th, 2013|Field School|

The finished fire circleThe weather seemed extra fidgety last week, with temperatures soaring into the high 80s, epic thunderstorms, and lots of rain. This time of year summer always seems to try a little extra hard to hold its grip. But as the apples begin to fall we know winter is rapidly approach. The weather didn't [...]

Storming the castle!

By |2013-07-17T11:22:00-04:00July 17th, 2013|Corvid Community Naturalists|

Last Saturday night, quite a few of us gathered at Salmon Hole to paddle the Winooski River. We were, in total, 19 people and 8 boats. The Winooski River is one of my favorite things/places and it was with great excitement that I was able to share that with so many other people. We put [...]