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Birding the Waterbury Reservoir with “Bird Diva” Bridget Butler

Friends of Waterbury Reservoir
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Birding the Waterbury Reservoir with “Bird Diva” Bridget Butler - Slideshow & Paddling Trip

Join us for a two-part adventure with naturalist Bridget Butler a.k.a. The Bird Diva to learn more about the birds that call the Waterbury Reservoir their home or favorite stop-over spot!

Part 1: Presentation & Introduction to Waterbury Reservoir Bird Habitats

Friday, May 18, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Steele Community Room at the Waterbury Town Offices

28 N Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05676

Maximum: 75 attendees

Part 2: Paddling Trip on the Waterbury Reservoir

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Waterbury Center State Park

177 Reservoir Road, Waterbury Center, VT 05677

Maximum: 30 attendees

Please see “Important Logistics” below

Note: Tickets for Friday night and Saturday morning are sold separately, and there is a limit of 30 people for Saturday morning.

Our Friday evening presentation at the Steele Community Center at the Waterbury Town Offices will introduce you to the variety of habitats around the Waterbury Reservoir and the diversity of bird species found there throughout the year. Find out why this site is considered a birding hot spot by the eBird community and how you can fine-tune your skills to make the most of every season. We'll also discuss how to become better stewards of this unique community, creating healthy habitats that are good for people, birds, and water quality.

On Saturday morning, we'll adventure out on Waterbury Reservoir by canoe & kayak to tour the waterbody discovering both resident birds and spring migrants. The surrounding area boasts close to 100 species of birds, including bitterns, grebes, bald eagles, loons, wood ducks and a whole suite of wood warblers! With a number of small coves and wetlands edging the reservoir, we're sure to encounter a great diversity of species. Experience the serenity of birding on the water, while boosting your bird list this spring!

Our paddling session will also cover how to be a great waterway steward, including learning to read bird body language to limit disruption and stress on birds like the common loon and others.

Ticket sales benefit the Friends of Waterbury Reservoir. We welcome your optional donation at check-out to support our mission.

Thank to our event sponsors Green Mountain Power for sponsoring this event with a generous cash gift, and Umiak Outfitters for donating the proceeds of boat rentals. And thank you to our volunteers who make it all possible!



The paddling trip will occur via quiet human-powered vessels only. Please try to double-up in canoes or tandem kayaks to the extend practical and comfortable, so we can limit the number of boats to help ensure everyone can hear Bridgett, hear and see the wildlife, and minimize impact.

Boat rentals: Canoe and kayak rentals may be pre-arranged separately at Umiak Outfitters www.umiak.com, 802-253-2317. Please make rental arrangements as soon as practical to be sure Umiak can accommodate you. Rental rates $25 for solo kayaks for the 2 hours and $35 for tandem kayaks and canoes for the two hours.

Arrival and Parking: Umiak Outfitters will open the Waterbury Center State Park entrance gate for event attendees from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. only. Thank you to VT State Parks www.vtstateparks.com for accommodating event participants! Plan to arrive at the park by 6:30 a.m. and be prepared to launch your boat by 7:00 a.m.

Restrooms not available: The Waterbury Center State Park will not be open yet for the season, so the restrooms will not be available. Please plan ahead accordingly.

Orientation will begin pronptly at 7:00 a.m. at the boat launch area, near Umiak Outfitters’ lake-side kiosk.

Leave-No-Trace: This is a no-impact event. All belongings, including trash, must be removed from the Reservoir at the end of the event.

What to Bring:

Personal Floatation Device (PFD) for every participant.
Appropriate clothing for spring air temperatures and for cold spring water temperatures.
Drinking water and snacks because there is no concession available at this time of day.
Binoculars and cameras welcome.

Aquatic Invasives: Sadly, in addition to awesome birds, the Waterbury Reservoir also plays host to some aquatic invasive species, particularly Brittle Naiad, and terrestrial invasive species, such as Honeysuckle and Japanese Knotweed. All participants will be asked to confirm that their vessel has been cleaned and dried prior to the event, and will be asked to clean the vessel upon exiting the Reservoir to prevent spread of species to our neighboring lakes and ponds.

Refund Policy: This event will be held rain or shine. No make-up date has been scheduled. Refunds of ticket price less processing fees will be offered only if the event is canceled due to stormy weather.

We anticipate a waiting list for Saturday’s on-water event, so please notify us no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, at waterburyres@gmail.com or Laurie Smith at 802-760-7286 if you are unable to attend so we can make your space available to someone else.

Safety & Liability: By purchasing this ticket, you acknowledge that any event held on-water presents inherent risks, and you agree to hold harmless the event organizer, host, and VT State Parks for any damages or loss. Safe operation of your boat by a responsible adult is required. We request that all participants wear a Personal Floatation Device (PFD) while on-board your boat during the event. Adults are responsible for the conduct and safety of their children.