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Vermont Birds of Prey program

Equinox Preserve Vermont Birds of Prey program This is your invitation to witness and learn about the fierce predators and aerial daredevils of the Vermont skies! As part of the fourth annual Winter Naturalist series, the Equinox Preservation Trust and the Equinox Resort and Spa are once again pleased to bring Mike Clough of the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum to Manchester for this interactive presentation featuring live birds of prey! Learn about the diets, adaptations and behavior of several native species, including a bald eagle, and enjoy the opportunity to see them up close! This family-friendly program is FREE and open to the public. Join us at 7 pm on Friday, February 13, 2015 in the Rockwell Room of the Equinox Hotel. Contact Equinox Preserve steward Rick LaDue with questions at 366-1400.

Equinox Preserve Night Walk

Equinox Preserve Family Night Hike Over 70% of the animals living on the Equinox Preserve are nocturnal, hunting for food and shelter after the sun has gone down. How are these animals able to survive? What special adaptations allow them to hunt, travel and survive at night? Leave your flashlights behind and join Equinox Preserve Steward Rick LaDue and the Green Mountain Club’s Young Adventurers Club for this family-friendly foray into the nocturnal world of Mt Equinox. Learn about special adaptations of deer, owls, shrews, flying squirrels and a number of other creatures. Most importantly, experience all the ways humans are also adapted to survive at night. All activities are kid-friendly and appropriate for ages 3-9. We will meet on November 8, 2013 at 7 pm at the Red Gate parking lot on West Union St in Manchester for this exciting, non-scary adventure. Participants must pre-register with either Rick at 366-1400 (rick@equinoxpreservationtrust.org) or Jason of GMC’s Young Adventurers Club at 681-6342 (jpergament@burrburton.org). Space is limited so please register early!

Equinox Preserve Summit Volunteers Wanted!

The Equinox Preservation Trust needs your help making a long-lasting, positive impact on the trails near the summit of Mt Equinox! Each year hundreds of hikers make the trek to the summit; over many years these hiker footsteps have created serious erosion problems. This summer the Trust will host a Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) work crew with the goal of repairing sections of trail most in need of erosion control. You can be actively involved by donating your time in support of the VYCC work. The first of three Volunteer Days this summer will be taking place on Saturday, June 29th. We will meet at 9 AM; location TBA. Our primary task will be to gather logs and stones to be used in constructing erosion-control structures on the trail. We will also be cutting back growth on the Yellow trail near the summit. Enjoy a fine summer day in the montane spruce-fir forest and give back to the trails you have enjoyed many times. Bring along lunch, drinks and snacks, work gloves and dress for the weather! (Some tools will be provided). For more information about this project, contact Equinox Preservation Trust Steward Rick LaDue at 366-1400 or via e-mail at rick@equinoxpreservationtrust.org.

Father's Day Mystery Hike

Celebrate Father’s Day weekend with a FREE mystery hike on Mt Equinox with Equinox Preservation Trust Forest and Trails Steward Rick LaDue, his daughter Rebecca, and the Green Mountain Club Young Adventurers Club (YAC)! The destination of this hike will be a mystery…a somewhat famous historical landmark now hidden in the forest. Join us on Saturday, June 15th at 9:00 AM in the Red Gate parking lot of the Equinox Preserve, West Union St in Manchester. We will plan to return by noon, so please bring snacks, water, insect repellant and dress for the weather. This hike will be moderate in intensity for young legs, recommended for kids ages 5 and up. No dogs, please. For more information and to sign up, contact Rick LaDue at 366-1400 or rick@equinoxpreservationtrust.org.

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