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Riding with Researchers


December 14, 2023 | 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Riding with Researchers
8 AM – 4 PM
General Public $125; VINS Members $112

Thursday, December 14 (Make-up date: Friday, December 15)
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Thursday, December 21 (Make-up date: Friday, December 22)
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Ride along with the VINS Research team in the field this winter!

Addison County is known as a hotspot in Vermont for wintering raptors. Red-tailed Hawks, Rough-legged Hawks, and Northern Harriers are all often observed and some years even yield Snowy Owl sightings.

During our day-long outing, we will crisscross Addison County searching for raptors and attempting to trap and band hawks as part of our long-term winter raptor survey. Learn about raptor ecology, behavior, and field identification from VINS staff and get a firsthand glimpse at the equipment and process used to humanely trap and band raptors. If we get birds in hand, we will demonstrate proper handling techniques that allow researchers to safely gather the information needed for ongoing projects.

Details for Participants:

  • Dress in layers and be prepared for the weather. The majority of the time will be spent in a heated vehicle but any banding work will occur outdoors in the elements.
  • Lunch will be eaten in the field so participants should bring their own snacks, lunch, and beverages.
  • Binoculars are recommended. VINS has a limited supply of binoculars that can be provided if needed.
  • Transportation will be provided by VINS. Due to logistical constraints and bird safety, the entire group must travel together in one vehicle.

Inclement Weather Policy:

Winter weather can be unpredictable. In the event that inclement weather forces us to cancel a trip, VINS will contact you to reschedule the trip to the make-up date.

Participants should make themselves available for both the day of the trip and the make-up date.

No refunds will be issued if a participant is unable to attend the make-up date. Refunds will only be issued if both the regularly scheduled trip and make-up date have to be canceled.

Registration is required. For more information contact us at info@vinsweb.org or 802.359.5000.