UMATR 2022 Seminar Series

During our monthly committee meetings, we are hosting various seminar series with presenters on topics related to our rivers. 
Seminar descriptions and recordings of previous seminars are below. Check out our events page to register for future seminars!

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January
Mussels
in the
Missisquoi

In 2021, Michael Lew-Smith from Arrowwood Environmental completed a freshwater mussel survey on the lower reach of the Wild and Scenic section of the Missisquoi River from Enosburg to Berkshire. During this presentation, he summarizes basic mussel biology, why mussels are important to our water systems, and his findings from his survey. Comparing from data collected in 1999, this new report gives insight to the health of our river system's ecosystem. Watch the recording of the presentation below!

Check out our recording to the left.

Click below to download a copy of the slides or the final report.

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NOTE: This presentation will NOT be recorded in order to protect wood turtles in our area. 

February
Wood Turtle Conservation
in Working
Landscapes

Up to 9 inches long with bright orange skin, the seemingly conspicuous Wood Turtle is remarkably secretive, and most people never see one in the wild. Foraging extensively on land, Wood Turtles can be found great distances from the rivers where they overwinter, but with so many river valleys crossed by roads and used for agriculture, many are crushed by cars and machinery. Wood Turtle numbers are dwindling and this iconic species may not survive in many landscapes without careful planning to keep these turtles out of harm's way. Kiley Briggs of The Orianne Society, will present on knowing how to identify their habitat, understanding the threats they face, and how to blend Wood Turtle management into working farms are the first steps to protecting this important species in Northern Vermont. 

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April
A Written and
Photographic History
of the Mills
and Historic Structures

In collaboration with Lowell Historical Society, Jeff Parsons presents on his 2021 River Community Grant funded project of research and document the history of mills, both in lumber and otherwise. Both the Missisquoi and Trout Rivers were used to float logs, provide power to mills, and transport timber to mill sites. Join us as Jeff goes through his findings, and learn about the history of our river system. 

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May
Birding the
Missisquoi River Basin

Learn about our local bird species that hang around our Missisquoi river as well as birding tips presented by Bridget Butler of Bird Diva Consulting. Based out of St. Albans, Bridget has been a naturalist for over 20 years while using her knowledge and skills to teach others how to appreciate nature, teach citizen science tools, and how to successfully watch birds! Join us as we dive deep into the local bird life of the Missisquoi River Basin for our fourth and final installment of our 2022 Seminar Series.