Corvid Community Naturalists
What is a corvid?
Corvidae is the family of birds that includes: Rooks, Jays, Jackdaws, Choughs, Magpies, Crows, and Ravens. They are characterized by the incredible curiosity, sharp intelligence, tool use, and gregariousness.
About the Corvid Community Naturalists program
These monthly Saturday workshops highlight a seasonal event in the natural world. While the workshops are primarily at Rock Point, we go on occasional month. These are open to anyone who wants to spend more time outside learning about and observing seasonal changes, patterns, and rhythms. Be sure to bring a pen/pencil, notebook/journal, and your curiosity!
Do I need to register?
Nope. Try it out once or come every month. Each workshop stands by itself.
Where does it meet?
Most months we meet at 9am at Rock Point in Burlington. We take occasional field trips to Shelburne Pond for amphibian migration, Mt Philo for Hawk Watch, or Shelburne for timberdoodles!
No prior experience necessary. Show up with your curiosity!
For younger naturalists, we offer a parallel experience for kiddos (grades K-8th) facilitated by Crow’s Path staff. Each gathering is led by members of the community or by a guest naturalist.
MARCH 11: Sap Seltzer Soiree! (with Ross Doree)
We have a loose rule at Crow’s Path that we can tap anything but a sugar maple. Learn to make taps out of branches, sap buckets out of bark, and seltzer from birch sap.
Activity: Making taps from elderberry, ash, or sumac, & seltzer from different types of sap
APRIL 8: Bird Language (with Sophie Mazowita)
Every time a bird chirps it’s communicating something.
Activity: Bird ID by sound, learning how birds communicate
APRIL ?? (tbd): Bonus Breeding Amphibians (with Teage O’Connor)
Trip to Shelburne Pond. Weather dependent; frogs/salamanders start moving to breeding ponds after snow melt on rainy nights above 40o, usually around the 1st or 2nd week of April @ 8pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our mailing list.
MAY 13: Wildflower Bonanza (with Ross Doree)
With Mother’s Day on Sunday, we’ll spend Saturday immersed in the early spring ephemerals, those beautiful flowers that crop up between the snow on sunny forest floors.
Activity: Identifying wildflowers using Newcomb’s. Making easy plant presses.