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2023 Online Seminar Series

During our monthly committee meetings from January to April in 2023, we are hosting various zoom presentations with presenters on topics related to our rivers.


Seminar descriptions and recordings of 2022 seminars are below. 

We are still confirming speakers for some of our months. 

Thank you for being patient as we update our 2023 seminar info!

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Register for our seminar series by visiting out events page.

Click the button to the right to register!


Join us for our second session of our 2023 Online Seminar Series, where we will learn about amazing research into "Peecycling" by the Rich Earth Institute's Julia Cavicchi as she walks us through "Urine My Garden: Why and How to Peecycle at Home".  This webinar covers why & how to fertilize your garden with urine. Reclaiming urine as a fertilizer is a safe and simple practice that gardeners everywhere can learn to reclaim "waste" as a resource, access an abundance of free fertilizer, and prevent downstream pollution. The presentation covers step-by-step instructions for fertilizing with urine in home gardens, informed by Rich Earth's agricultural and social research. Julia will give a brief presentation and then have time for discussion for you to share your experiences and questions.

Find more about the Rich Earth Institute, visit their website at

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Join us for our first session of our 2023 Winter Seminar Series, where we will learn about Wild and Scenic Rivers by award winning author, Tim Palmer. UMATR is a part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, which Congress enacted in 1968 to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations. UMATR joined the W&SR system in 2014, and has been providing grant funding for our 8 communities that our rivers flow through since. Come learn more in depth about the Wild and Scenic Rivers system, presented by the fabulous renowned author, photographer, and speaker Tim Palmer!

Find more about our speaker at his website, at

2022 Seminar Series

In 2022, UMATR hosted a seminar series in the beginning of some of our UMATR Committee Meetings that were held on zoom from 6:30 PM to 7 PM before our regular business meetings. These seminars are free and open to the public, and most are recorded on our YouTube page. Click the images to the left of each seminars descriptions to view the 2022 seminars recording. Thank you to all our presenters for their interesting and informative presentations!


Read our 2022 seminar descriptions below. 

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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.

To the right are links to a copy of his presentation, and his report

for the complete of the grant.

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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, presented 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.  **This seminar was NOT recorded for the continued protection of Wood Turtles!**


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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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.

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