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VES Events and Field Trips for 2016

We like to get outside. So here's a list of field outings and events. If you have something to add, send it to our webmaster, Bryan Pfeiffer.

April 23: Zadock Thompson Identification Blitz at Torrey Hall at UVM, 9:30-5

Laura Caicedo Quiroga and Laurel Schuster are seeking help from VES members with species identifications of collection specimens. Members are encouraged to come to Torrey when they can and to stay for as long as they’d like. If you are interested in working with a specific group, please e-mail lra.caicedo@gmail.com in advance so she can have boxes ready and look for identification keys if necessary. If you cannot attend on April 23rd, or would like to visit the collection beforehand to ascertain how you can help, the collection is open every afternoon as well as all day Thursday from 9:30 on.  Directions:  The Zadock Thompson Collection is housed in Torrey Hall near the Ethan Allen Chapel at the University of Vermont. Parking is open to the public on weekends, and there is a parking lot next to Torrey Hall.  Contact is Laura Caicedo Quiroga:  lra.caicedo@gmail.com. (See http://www.uvmzoo.org/)

May 14, 11 AM: Geprag’s Town Park in Hinesburg

The park, comprised of approximately 80 acres of agricultural and open land, was bequeathed by the last survivor of the Geprags family to the Town of Hinesburg. This was a former collection site of John Grehan, one of the authors of Moths and Butterflies of Vermont – A Faunal Checklist.  Geprags Park, which features woods, fields and walking paths, is in position to be affected by the VT Gas pipeline between Burlington and Middlebury.  Species records from a VES field trip will be a good follow-up to Grehan’s historical surveys.  Directions:  Geprag’s Park is on Shelburne Falls Road, northwest of the intersection of Route 116 and Shelburne Falls Road. Contact: Mike Sabourin mothvet@yahoo.com.

June 4:  Black Fly Festival Black Fly Festival, Adamant, VT. 

Adamant folks have written:  “After a long, cold winter here in Adamant, we need something to celebrate, and God only knows we have plenty of blackflies.  Highlights include Blackfly Jeopardy, Blackfly Fashion Show, Blackfly Pie Contest, and much, much more!!” 


Anyone interested in helping at the VES display table can contact Michael Sabourin at 595-9024 or mothvet@yahoo.com.

July 2, 10 a.m.: Walk around Gilbrook Reservoir, Winooski, VT.

Leisurely walk around three ponds to see butterflies and dragonflies. Miles of walking trails. Directions:  From Exit 15 off I-89, take a left (toward Winooski) then an immediate right onto Dion St.; second right onto LaFountain St.; pass under the interstate, then left onto Gilbrook Drive.  The reservoir is at the end of the road.  Contacts: Laurie DiCesare at NatureHaven@myfairpoint.net (802-893-1845) and Don Miller at entdon@gmail.com.

July 16 (rain date on July 17) 10- noon: Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington

Meet in the parking area near the museum and we’ll venture up to the pond and beyond.  If it’s raining, call the Museum (434-2167) to see if we have rescheduled. Directions:  The museum is 8 miles from the Richmond exit (exit 11) off I-89 in the town of Huntington.  At the stoplight in Richmond Village, turn right (south) towards Huntington and follow the signs (5 miles).  You will turn off the paved road onto Sherman Hollow, a dirt road, just after crossing the Huntington town line.  The museum is one mile up that road and 1/2 mile past the Green Mountain Audubon Nature Center. Contact:  Birds of Vermont Museum at http://birdsofvermont.org/ or 434-2167.

July 22-24: Acadia BioBlitz (Focus on Lepidoptera)

VES may be able to help sponsor members who wish to attend.  Michael Sabourin will be leading a training session in Maine prior to the BioBlitz.  For more information, contact Michael at mothvet@yahoo.com.

July 30 in Middlebury:  VES will promote and take part in National Moth Week events.  Details to follow.

August 6 (rain date August 13), 11 am – 2 pm: White’s Cove Walk and Paddle, Springfield. 

Insect walk and gentle paddle around the mouth of the Black River. Directions:  At junction of US 5 and VT 11. Contacts: and Kelly Stettner blackrivercleanup@yahoo.com and Laurie DiCesare NatureHaven@MyFairPoint.net (802.893.1845).  Check BlackRiverActionTeam.org for updates.

August 13, Missisquoi WMA (including light-trapping)

Meet at 3PM at southern parking lot on Tabor Road near Steven J. Young swamp; then meet at 8 PM at refuge visitor’s center on Tabor Road.  Event will focus on moths and other insects, depending on interests.  The group will walk along the railroad passage trail adjacent Maquam Bog in the late afternoon, then set up lights at the visitor’s center in the evening.  For more about the refuge, see http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Missisquoi/about.html. Contact Deb and Warren Kiel dkiel1@hotmail.com.

September 10, Shelburne Farms Harvest Festival:

VES may set up a display table.

October 1: Buckner Preserve, West Haven

Details will follow, but here’s how to get there.   Directions:  From Rutland, VT, take Route 4 West.  Then from Route 4 you’ll cross the state line from Vermont into New York.  From the state line, continue west on Route 4 for about 5.5 miles, crossing a set of Rail Road tracks.  Turn north (right) onto Route 9A.  (Please note that the sign for Route 9A is easily missed!  If you reach a traffic light, you’ve gone too far.)  Travel about 1 mile on Route 9A, and then turn left onto Rte. 9 at the “T” intersection.  Take the first right onto Rte 10 (Doig Street).  Drive a half mile, then turn left onto the dirt road (the paved road curves right).  Cross the bridge and turn left.  The Susan Bacher Trailhead is about two miles down the dirt road on the right (past Tim’s Trail parking). Contact Laurie DiCesare NatureHaven@myfairpoint.net or Michael Sabourin mothvet@yahoo.com.

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