NOTE: After a full year of Bird Club (!!) we’re taking a brief pause.

The Bird Club will return in May, but with a broader focus on natural history (so birds, tree, snorkeling, tracking, and lots more)! 

Welcome, Journalers!

In this monthly program, we’ll visit different habitats in the Burlington area to target different birds. We’ll visit the Burlington crow roost in January, see thousands of snow geese on their stopover in November, seek out overwintering goldeneyes on the lake, and wrangle wily warblers in May.

Who: Birders of all abilities and ages welcome.
When: 10-11:30am, 2nd Sunday of each month. Come to one trip or come every month!
Where: Great birding sites in the Burlington area (see schedule below)
What to bring: Binoculars (cameras optional). We’ll provide field guides and have a few extra binoculars on hand as well, so don’t be shy if you don’t have any gear
Cost: Suggested donation on sliding scale $5-10 per person, $5-20 per family (donations help purchase binoculars and field guides). You can pay with cash, check or venmo (@crowspath).

Who am I?
My name is Caitlin Kurnit and I am the “founder” of this nature club. At least at first, I’ll be planning and running all our meetups.
I’m a middle school science teacher with 16 years of teaching experience. I current teach 7th and 8th grade science at ADL Middle School in Essex Junction. I’ve had an interest in nature every since going on nature walks and playing in the woods as a child. I have been sharing my love of nature with my students through nature journaling on our weekly nature walks, and I’m now looking to find a group of like-minded adults who are also interested in exploring with me. In my free time I spend a lot of time taking local hikes with my 3 year old, and I am also an active participant in Hearthlight and the Society for Creative Anachronism, including being a member in their foresters’ guild.
I have been nature journaling extensively for the past three years, so I am far from an expert, but I have learned so much along the way. I approach the topic of nature journaling as a scientist- I emphasize detailed and concrete observations and data. I am using my nature journals to chronicle and deepen my learning about our native forests here in Vermont.
That said, there is plenty of room for every skillset in our group. Some people love the art aspect of nature journaling, and delight in a pretty picture. Some become wrapped up in the prose of their feelings and experiences. Some might feel intimidated by the whole process and would like support. All are welcome and I’ll tailor our meetups to the interests of the group. I have several ideas for trips, but I’m open to any and all suggestions or changes, and I’m more than willing to share the floor with others who would like to lead. I look forward to learning from you!
If you’d like to see some of my nature journal pages and some photos from my nature walks, check out my instagram at https://www.instagram.com/vikingnaturalist/

No registration necessary, but an RSVP would help us prepare! Sign up for our monthly newsletter to get Bird Club announcements.

Flow of a day

Required: Paper and clipboard or a notebook, writing utensils, weather appropriate clothing, bag for carrying supplies

Optional: Pen with waterproof ink, watercolors and water brush, colored pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener that holds shavings, binoculars, folding chair, field guides, measuring tools

Search Youtube for “nature journal kit” to see what other people include in their kit.

Spotting birds with binoculars in Bird Club

Field Trip Schedule

  • May 15, 2022: Intro to nature journaling and vernal pools @ ADL School Woods, Essex Junction

  • June 1, 2024: How to nature journal birds @ Wheeler Nature Park, South Burlington

  • July 6, 2024: Stream ecology @ East Woods Natural Area, South Burlington

  • August 3, 2024: Garden Journaling @ Community Garden at Ethan Allen Homestead

  • September 7, 2024: Floodplain journaling @ Burlington Intervale
  • October 5, 2024: Fall colors, mushrooms, and maybe some raptor migration sightings @ Mount Philo State Park, Charlotte

Caitlin Kurnit: Your Guide

My name is Caitlin Kurnit and I am the “founder” of this nature club. At least at first, I’ll be planning and running all our meetups.

I’m a middle school science teacher with 16 years of teaching experience. I current teach 7th and 8th grade science at ADL Middle School in Essex Junction. I’ve had an interest in nature every since going on nature walks and playing in the woods as a child. I have been sharing my love of nature with my students through nature journaling on our weekly nature walks, and I’m now looking to find a group of like-minded adults who are also interested in exploring with me. In my free time I spend a lot of time taking local hikes with my 3 year old, and I am also an active participant in Hearthlight and the Society for Creative Anachronism, including being a member in their foresters’ guild.

I have been nature journaling extensively for the past three years, so I am far from an expert, but I have learned so much along the way. I approach the topic of nature journaling as a scientist- I emphasize detailed and concrete observations and data. I am using my nature journals to chronicle and deepen my learning about our native forests here in Vermont.

That said, there is plenty of room for every skillset in our group. Some people love the art aspect of nature journaling, and delight in a pretty picture. Some become wrapped up in the prose of their feelings and experiences. Some might feel intimidated by the whole process and would like support. All are welcome and I’ll tailor our meetups to the interests of the group. I have several ideas for trips, but I’m open to any and all suggestions or changes, and I’m more than willing to share the floor with others who would like to lead. I look forward to learning from you!

If you’d like to see some of my nature journal pages and some photos from my nature walks, check out my instagram at