Rae Bronenkant Receives the Haidee Antram Award
Each year the GMAS is proud to present the Haidee Antram Award to an intern or volunteer who has provided outstanding service at the Green Mountain Audubon Center. This award was established through the generosity of the J.H. Newberry family, in the memory of their daughter Haidee, who was a dedicated volunteer at the Center. This year's recipient is Rae Bronenkant, a recent graduate of the University of Vermont, Rae interned at the Center starting in January, 2018, then became an Americorps volunteer at the Center in July. She was nominated for this award by Kim Guertin, the Center Director (and herself a former Haidee Antram Award recipient) and Debbie Archer, the Education Coordinator at the Center. In their nominating letter Kim and Debbie wrote that Rae's passion is incorporating concepts of climate change into their curriculum, while sharing her joy and enthusiasm with elementary school students and teachers enrolled in Audubon Vermont's educational program. Rae hopes to become an outdoor educator. This award, a scholarship of $1000, is intended to help her achieve her professional goals. We applaud Rae's achievements to date and present this award to her with enthusiasm.
Butterflies for Birders
Speaker: Bryan Pfeiffer
Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Time: 6:30 P.M.
Location: Richmond Free Library
Long before birds showed up on Planet Earth, insects were already on the wing. They invented flight. Four hundred millions years later, butterfly diversity puts bird diversity to shame. Name a color or pattern or behavior — you’ll find it expressed in these gossamer insects. And it all plays out at your feet. In this program, Bryan Pfeiffer brings you the skills for discovering and enjoying butterflies (with a brief detour to moths, which are about 20 times more diverse than butterflies).
Although he is most certainly a field entomologist, Bryan Pfeiffer is a teacher at heart. As a field birder and entomologist, Bryan has consulted with governments, timber companies, private landowners, and conservation groups. Bryan was a co-founder of the Vermont Butterfly Survey and its principal field lepidopterist, which means he spent six years chasing butterflies around Vermont. He has watched and photographed butterflies from the New World tropics to above the Arctic Circle in Scandinavia. He now teaches professional writing to graduate students in the University of Vermont’s Field Naturalist and Ecological Planning Programs.
From the Hermit Thrush
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