Upcoming Events for 2017
Wildlife Tracking with BEEC’s Patti Smith
Saturday, February 3rd at 1 pm
Putney Central School Forest
N.B. This program is a postponement of January 27th program due to snow conditions. Check iPutney or this page closer to Feb. 3rd for possible cancellation due to poor tracking conditions.
Join Patti Smith, Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center naturalist and master tracker, for a walk through the Putney Central School’s wet meadows, stream banks and forest to discover how wildlife are using this varied winter landscape. Snow reveals the presence and activities of wildlife that remain elusive much of the year. With Patti’s help we will discuss the art and essence of interpreting their tracks and signs. We are hoping to find tracks of weasel, coyote, mink, foxes and perhaps a bobcat. Patti is an excellent and engaging teacher for all ages. If the snow is deep, you may want to bring snowshoes. This event is co-sponsored by the Putney Conservation Commission, the Putney Mountain Association, and BEEC.
Directions: Putney Central School is located at 184 Westminster Road (just south West Hill Road). From Route 5: Turn west at the Putney General Store onto Kimball Hill/Westminster Road. Turn right just before you reach the school building. Follow the signs to the Putney Pool, and park in the pool parking lot.
“Living With Bears”
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Putney Community Center
10 Christian Square
The purpose of the talk is to increase awareness about bears, their habits, and needs, and to help Vermonters better coexist with them.
All are welcome, light refreshments will be served.
Wet Sneakers and Muddy Clothes: The Importance of Nature-Based Play and Education
Thursday, September 14, 7:00-8:30 PM
The Compass School,
7892 US 5, Westminster, VT
Well-known author, teacher, and nature activist David Sobel will discuss why children need to play outside in nature for their own well-being and for their future stewardship of the earth. Presented by the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association; co-sponsored by The Nature Museum, Putney Mountain Association, and Windham Regional Woodlands Association; with program support by the Bellows Falls and Springfield Rotary Clubs.
At Compass School, 7892 US-5, Westminster, VT. See poster here or read more here.
Wildflower Walk with Pat Shields
Sunday May 7th at 1pm
Join Pat Shields and explore the spring wildflowers of the Putney Central School Forest. Meet at the kiosk on School Forest Drive (immediate right off front school driveway) on Sunday, May 2nd at 1:00 p.m. The walk to the site might be wet, so boots are a good idea. This walk is co-sponsored by the Putney Mountain Association and the Putney Conservation Commission. Questions, call Pat at 802-387-8595.
Birds we are likely to see and/or hear are: red eyed verio, solitary verio, warbling verio, and if we’re lucky the yellow throated verio. As for warblers, the chestnut sided, yellow rumped, black-throated blue, pine, yellow throat, and more, plus red starts and oven birds. Meet in the Putney Mountain parking lot.
Sarah has studied mosses extensively. On this walk we will discuss the basics of what moss is and how it grows, and we will look at some common species. Bring a hand lens, and extras if you have them. Meet in the Putney Mountain parking lot.
Rich is Professor of Biology at Landmark College. Using the dichotomous key he has developed, he will guide us in identifying trees in the growing season by observing their leaf and twig anatomy. This will be a slow hike, stopping frequently to observe trees and identify them using the guide. Meet in the Putney Mountain parking lot.
Orienteering with Andrew Morrison
Sunday, July 30, 12:00 PM
Andrew, a PMA board member, will share an afternoon of orienteering fun for adults and children (preferably in at least 3rd grade). Activities will build an understanding of how to read a map, how to stay oriented in the woods with a compass and the terrain, and will culminate in an orienteering challenge across Putney Mountain. Bring a personal compass if you have one, but all necessary materials will be provided. To register, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet in the Putney Mountain parking lot.
Invasive Plant Walk with Andrew Morrison
Saturday, August 26, 10:00 AM
Andrew is an invasive plant specialist and will do a guilded walk of Putney Mountain trails to familiarize participants with some of our most common invasive plant species. The walk will include a visit to the Putney Mountain summit to discuss the ongoing project using grazing animals to control glossy buckthorn, and conversation about the history of invasive plants in Vermont, the connection between invasive species and our agricultural history, and what the future might bring for invasive plants in New England. Meet in the Putney Mountain parking lot.
INTO THE WOODS WITH OUR CHILDREN
Friday, 7 April 2017 at 7 pm
The Windham Regional Woodlands Association and co-sponsoring organizations (see below) are pleased to announce that Forester Lynn Levine of Dummerston will describe for us a hands-on approach to awakening in youngsters an enduring love of the natural world. Moreover, Lynn expects to begin her presentation with a brief surprise audience-participation activity.
The key to having our children enjoy the woods is providing them with the opportunity to experience the forest with a parent or other relative, friend of the family, or school teacher. A focus of this talk will be how to break down the barriers so that children will want to go into the woods (rather than to be playing with their electronic devices), and how we can help them develop a need to return to the woods again and again. This event promises to be particularly valuable for our region’s environmental and science teachers.
Lynn has been a consulting forester for the last 38 years and presently manages over 16,000 acres. During that time, she has been an environmental educator and has taken many hundreds of people into the woods. She has created and taught nature-based curricula for the Vermont Institute of Natural Resources and local elementary schools. Lynn is co-author of Working with Your Woodland: a Landowner’s Guide, and of Mammal Tracks and Scat: Life-size Tracking Guide; and is the sole author of Mammal Tracks and Scat: Life Size Pocket Guide, also of two charming children’s books, Snow Secrets and Is it Time, Yet?
The presentation is free and open to the public. WRWA is most pleased to announce that this important event is being co-sponsored by the Vermont Learning Collaborative, Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society, Dummerston Conservation Commission, Putney Mountain Association, and Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association.
Location & time: Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 US Route 5, Dummerston (wheelchair accessible) — 1.8 miles north of I-91 Exit 3. Friday, 7 April 2017, 7 pm. For further information, contact Arthur Westing (802/387-2152; email@example.com).
Lifelong Putney Resident ZACH CALDWELL will speak on:
“AN ATHLETE’S PATH TO SELF-DISCOVERY ON PUTNEY MOUNTAIN”
Come one, come all! Light Refreshments will be served!
“Identifying Trees in Winter”
December 3rd 1-3pm, meet promptly at the Putney Mountain main trailhead parking area.
Come join Rich Grumbine, Putney resident and biology faculty at Landmark College, for a stroll on and around the trails toward the Putney Mountain summit. Our focus will be using a dichotomous key as a tool to identify trees in their winter garb. While trees are easier to identify by their leaves in the growing season, it is possible (and quite enjoyable) to learn tree identities through their twigs and buds only. With the help of a dichotomous key, and some knowledge of terminology, we will look carefully at the distinctive features of the species encountered on the ridge with the goal of identifying them on our own.
Rich will have on hand many copies of his soon to be self-published dichotomous key guide, and some hand lenses.
We will need to be standing around to do some of this investigation, so please dress warmly.
Spring Geology Trio Part 3 (July 23)
Roger Haydock, formerly with the Nova Science Program, will present a three-part Local Geology Program this spring.
This ‘Geology Trio’ consists of a lecture / slide presentation held in May, followed by field walks exploring the different geology of two local mountains, Black Mountain and Putney Mountain.
Saturday, July 23th at 9:00 a.m. – Field walk to explore the geology of Putney Mountain. Meet in the Putney Mountain parking lot on Putney Mtn. Rd.
This program is co-sponsored by the Putney Mountain Association, the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, and the Southeastern Vermont Audubon Society. The program is free and open to the public.
Saturday, July 30th, 10:00 am, Meet a Fern
Hannum Trails, Holland Hill Rd
If you’ve ever wondered about the ferns you see in the woods, come walk our new Hannum land on Saturday, July 30th at 10:00 a.m. We’ll stroll from the Hannum kiosk to Salmon Brook and back (approximately 1.5 miles RT) and check out a sampling of woodland and wetland ferns, and maybe a few clubmosses, as we go. This walk is not intended for fern aficionados (you can see a much wider variety of ferns at the Aiken Sanctuary off Old Route 5 in Putney), but is a gentle introduction for folks who’d like to get to know them. The kiosk is off Holland Hill Rd, 3 tenths of a mile on the right past Parkman Woods Rd. Look for a small trail sign and white pipes. Call 387-8595 if the weather looks iffy.