• Winged Wonders in Vermont's Green Mountains

    Nestled among the folds of the Green Mountains in meadows and blueberry barrens, butterflies glide from flower to flower. Songbirds sing from perches. Dragonflies hunt and bees busily collect pollen and nectar to stock their hives. The entire web of life plays out before our eyes.

    Shadow Darner © Nathaniel Sharp

    The Vermont Center for Ecostudies invites you to join us at the idyllic Blueberry Hill Inn, in the heart of the Green Mountain National Forest, to witness the rich tapestry of summer life from July 10 – 12, 2020. During this naturalists’ adventure we’ll discover a bounty of incredible natural history.

    Kent McFarland—VCE founding biologist, Outdoor Radio host, and leader of the Vermont Atlas of Life project—will be your guide, along with VCE naturalist and crackerjack birder, Nathaniel Sharp. You’ll learn how to swing a bug net, identify dragonflies, and discover an astonishing diversity of native bees and butterflies in wild and cultivated habitats alike. You will encounter these and a host of other winged wonders as you explore the inn’s gardens and blueberry fields, and the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area in the Green Mountain National Forest. Our days will feature the slow pace that allows for noticing and observing. Those interested in stretching their legs may opt for a hike to an old-growth forest. Avid photographers in the group will have an opportunity to focus on that pastime and pick up some tips on insect photography from Kent and Nathaniel. Evenings will feature story-telling and lively conversation, with Kent and Nathaniel sharing some natural history topics over dessert in the dining room. You can make the trip your own; there will be time to relax by the inn’s pond, or take a dip if you’re so inclined! Savor the serenity of the Green Mountains and the captivating, colorful life all around you.

    Our lodging, Blueberry Hill Inn, offers rooms with private baths, original artwork, cozy furnishings, and gorgeous grounds. We’ll start each day with a bountiful Vermont breakfast, fuel our outings with hearty lunches, and end with delicious, creative dinners crafted with local farm-to-table ingredients.

    Our three-day, two-night weekend starts at Blueberry Hill Inn at 11am on Friday, July 10. We’ll gather for a picnic lunch, then head out on our first quest. We’ll return to the inn by mid-afternoon to settle into our rooms and relax before dinner. On Saturday we’ll spend the whole day outing and abouting, visiting various locations in search of specific species. We’ll venture out once more after breakfast on Sunday, July 12, and bid each other a fond farewell after lunch (but you won’t want to leave).

    Fees

    Double Occupancy – $735 per person
    Single Occupancy – $885 per person

    What’s Included

    Your fee includes all meals (two breakfasts, three lunches, two dinners), lodging, a cocktail gathering (BYOB), expert naturalist instruction, spectacular scenery, evening lectures, and all gratuities.

    Registration

    Space in this outing is limited to 14. PLEASE NOTE: As of 2/17/20, this trip is full.  For questions about the inn and other logistics, send an email to Susan Hindinger or call her at 802-649-1431 x 203.



    Images from Blueberry Hill Inn, and a few of the hundreds of species of butterflies, birds, bees, and other winged wonders we hope to find: